AOPA Short Approach

October 2017 Short Approach

Good news from the President

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Great news for all Part 91 operators that are not for “Hire or Reward”. The amendment to Part 91-615 has been signed by the Associate Minister and comes into effect on 30th October 2017. The whole amendment can be read at and for those with a keen eye there is a small issue in the wording that will be corrected. I would not have mentioned it but if I had not someone would have seen it and said we don’t do our job properly. I have notified CAA and I am sure it will be fixed but It will not affect the change.

This change is very significant for all our members. If we pay $400 per year now it will mean $400 every two years in future. I am told that is the average figure for the exercise and some pay more. That is a saving of $200 per year per aircraft.

This project was started by Hamish Ross and my thanks go to him and his team that put it together. It is sensible and shows that we can make a difference. If you add that $200 to the saving on the medical fees, there is no AOPA member that has not had his membership paid for by savings achieved for the next couple of years. Without your support by being members we could not achieve these changes.

 You have all read me going on about PBN and ADS-B. so by now you should have a reasonable understanding of what these acronyms mean. There is a CAA New Southern Sky roadshow coming to a town near you in November. The dates are on the back of the last magazine and on our website as well as on the CAA website. There is no excuse for not going along and asking the questions that concern you. The NSS team put a lot of effort into trying to inform you so take advantage of it.

ADS-B. Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast. Simply put it is automatic (if you turn it on). it is dependent on your aircraft system to provide the information. It provides Surveillance by Broadcasting the information. It is ASD-B out only and is not providing you information unless you have ADS-B In which will cost more and not be mandated.

I am going to go out on a limb here and make some statements that are intended to inform you of what “I think” will happen in GA by the year 2021. My intentions are to prepare you for the expense that you will face if you want to fly into controlled airspace after 2021. That is any controlled airspace. This is aimed at the GA VFR flyer who wants to do things as cheaply as possible.

  • By 2021 to fly into any controlled airspace you will need to be equipped with a ModeS 1090 ES transponder.
  • If you have a GA certified aircraft the transponder will need to have an STC to be fitted to your aircraft
  • There are several makes available as standalone units with inbuilt GPS. Ask your avionics shop and preferably one that advertises in our magazine.
  • The base cost of these unit is now at around US$2995 and I don’t see that coming down for an STC’d unit in the next 3 years.
  • If you need to replace your old transponder do the job right first time and fit one of these units.
  • If you wait until 2021 you "may" get one cheaper as there are some trials going on now, but in my opinion, you should allow for the full cost and start saving now. There will be a backlog for installation if we all leave it until the last minute.
  • Do not count on a delayed implementation. Airways are on target for the changeover now.
  • Treat it like the inevitable engine overhaul. It will be needed so allow for it.

There are huge safety advantages with ADS-B, particularly in airspace with more traffic, as ADS-B Out provides more precise position information on a more frequent basis. It refreshes up to twice every second compared to every 5 seconds for radar. ATC may be able to provide improved levels of support in unusual or emergency situations, including search and rescue, through more accurate position reporting which may help locate a distressed or downed aircraft;  

The coverage area will be a 45 % greater compared to existing radar systems, particularly at low altitudes. You will also be visible on consumer programs like Flight Radar 24 and you will be visible to anyone with ADS-B In.

None of these statements have been mandated by CAA but I believe they will be, so let’s start facing the reality of ADS-B for GA. I have it already and even now the tracking is great on Flight Radar 24 but will only get better as the new receivers are put in by Airways.

Have a look at the NPRM for ADS-B above FL245 which will be mandated for 2018 and you will see that things are moving fast. 

As I was writing this I received an email from Peter Bouma saying that after 41 years as a member of AOPA NZ he is going to retire from flying. It is not just the flying he has done but the partnership that he and Hugh Baxter have had with their C182 since 1968 that makes this an incredible feat. Not an accident or an incident in all that time. Well done Peter and Flora. Your commitment to AOPA has been fantastic. I have certainly enjoyed meeting you both over the years. Maybe Flora could pen a poem on your experiences for the next magazine?

Coming events are always published on our website. Please check and make sure you are aware of what is on the horizon. We have the Turangi Xmas BBQ fly-in on 26th November and the South Island Xmas Fly-in at Oamaru on 2nd December. Time to get into the Christmas spirit so plan these into your schedule.

Fly straight and level but keep safe out there

Ian Andrews 

Canadians Satisfied with Privatised ATC

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AOPA will back off on using Canada as a flawed example of privatized air traffic control after its Canadian counterpart protested AOPA's "lack of understanding of the situation in Canada." Read More

The difference between NZ and Canada is that Canada is not for profit and our SOE must return a profit to the shareholder. I am told that our charges are less than Canada but I am in favour of a Minimum level of Aviation Infrastructure being part of the company statement of corporate intent.  I believe we have a very efficient ATC in NZ.

Bernard is CEO of COPA and will be at the World Assembly in March 2018.

Ian A

The Drones are a'coming

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Dubai took another step toward providing autonomous flying taxi service, when an unmanned Volocopter took off and flew a demo flight above the city on Monday. It was the “first-ever public flight of an autonomous urban air taxi,” according to Volocopter. “This establishes the feasibility and safety of airborne taxis as a means of public transportation.” The test was preceded by weeks of intense safety assessments of the aircraft, operations and the test site, the company said. Read More

Boeing $2 Million Prize

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Boeing is offering $2 million in prize money to encourage innovators to create a “safe and easy-to-use personal flying device,” the company announced on Tuesday. The two-year competition, called “GoFly,” is open to teams from around the world. Boeing hopes the project will leverage recent advances in propulsion, energy, lightweight materials, and control and stability systems “to make the dream of personal flight a reality.” Read More

New Southern Sky Roadshows

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Do you operate IFR, or use controlled airspace? Or maybe you are just interested in the modernisation of New Zealand’s Aviation System?

New Southern Sky 2017 Roadshow 20th November – 5th December 2017

New Southern Sky is currently coordinating more than 20 initiatives that will bring benefits to aviation in New Zealand, through implementing the National Airspace and Air Navigation Plan.

With it comes change.

If you would like to know more about what is changing in your piece of the sky please come along to the Roadshow for an update and to ask our panel from the New Southern Sky Working Group your questions.

ADS-B, Performance Based Navigation and PBN Approaches, GNSS (GPS) primary means, aircraft equipage, changes to the Ground Based Navigation Aid infrastructure and more.

Our flier is attached with all the dates and times. EXTRA EXTRA!!! Invercargill event added, 29 November. See the website for details.

For more information and to register visit our website

Lillium Raises $90M for a new VTOL

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Lilium, a start-up aviation company based in Munich, announced on Thursday they have raised $90 million in investment to develop the five-seat Lilium aircraft. The funding, which brings the total capital raised to $100 million, will enable the company to grow its staff to more than 70 and work toward a first manned flight in 2019. The new investment “makes Lilium one of the best-funded electric aircraft projects in the world,” said CEO Daniel Wiegand. Read More

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