AOPA Short Approach

September 2019

Presidents Report

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Good evening all, I trust the longer days are getting you thinking about aviating more….

We have heard a rumour that there has been some progress in Wellington and that we will hear some good news soon. No detail yet. Watch this space…

The ‘Winter fly-in’ was held last weekend and even though the weather patterns were pretty dire a group of aircraft got to Omarama. The Saturday fly around was spectacular, blue sky all the way to the West Coast. I followed Sue Telford around northern Fiordland and had a magnificent day going places I had never been before, thanks Sue. We were wondering why Sue was sliding up and down the sides of the valleys until we realised that husband Gerald was on the lookout for Thar… The sun was shining and the wind was negligible so any excuse to elongate a flight was good with us…

The best news we have is our new VNC Chart book. We had a look at the final printed version at our ‘Exec’ meeting yesterday. It is all we hoped it would be, convenient, robust, well laid out and just what I have wanted for years. We have already sold 164 of them even before delivery can start so we suspect the first 1,000 run will go promptly. To order and get your AOPA discount you need to go to our website and once you have logged in you click on the ‘Recent News’ area at the right, click on ‘VNC’ to read the detail then there is a ‘click here’ to order. If your non AOPA members want a copy give them a hard time and get them to join, otherwise they can pay the retail price by going to Aeropath website. If you have lost your password just put in your email and click ‘reset password’ and it will be sent. Any difficulties call Mary on 027 294 0819.

While you are at our web site I suggest you have a look at the other ‘Member Benefits’ (further down on the left side), we pride ourselves on having some useful deals with IAOPA Safety magazine, fuels, oils, insurance, clothes, rental cars and motels. Plus of course the Avsec Card which is worth its weight in gold to many of us.

Our AOPA webcams are improving all the time. You get to them via our website links or at  and then selecting the region you want. I know I am repeating myself here as many of you know how to use the site but some don’t. Coming home in the rain on Sunday the picture of better weather at RT was very reassuring. We are adding camera’s all the time and looking to make this site more comprehensive and more user friendly for aviators. This is a public site and we want everyone to use it to keep safe, but if you get a chance put some joining pressure onto the freeloaders for us….

Christmas barbeques are being organised, North, South and now Middle NZ. I am aware that many will not have been to the DOC strip at Greville harbour on D’urville Island. It is a good strip, long enough and hard, plus there is the beach for those who don’t want to pay DOC $10 landing fees. This is one of my favourite strips and please if you have not been there before and wish to come give me a call or someone who is familiar with it and get a briefing.

There are some other activities moving forward. We are endeavouring to set up a more specific ‘Safety Initiative’ so watch this space for more detail, we are working towards having a site at Wings over Wanaka next year and will be looking for volunteers to man the site, plus our Summer Magazine will have a theme around aircraft ownership, opportunities and pitfalls.

That is enough from me, so wishing you all safe flying.

Best wishes                                                        

Steve Brown


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