AOPA Short Approach

June 2020

Presidents Report

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Hi folks, who would have thought 2020 would pan out like it has. The draconian personal limitations of Level 4 seem like an age away already. I cannot find a car park in Rangiora, just like the old days.

 Flying is back on and the weather has been sympathetic. Our one day ‘Flyins’ around the country were a great success and this formula may be used more in the future. Our thanks go to the hosts and organisers of the mini-events space prevents me naming all the helpers but I would like to acknowledge the principal hosts:

Waitomo Aero Club – George Thompson

Foxpine – Craig Irons and Richard Bradley

North Canterbury – Matthew and Amanda Gardner

South Canterbury – Gerald and Louise Aubrey 

I am particularly pleased to hear how the Foxpine lunch went – to get 50 aircraft for a one day fly-in is a great result, thanks guys. 

Our Haast weekend flyaway has generated lots of interest and we look forward to a good time and weather willing lots of spectacular flying. 

CAA is still in recovery mode and we have not yet recovered the ground lost through the changing personnel and roles there. Our team is as active as they can be. 

On the medical front there has been some progress but we have not received a sympathetic ear to our submission regarding the review of medical standards. At the present we would just like to get the offered extension of the RPL privileges passed before the parliament goes into recess for the election. Covid-19 has taken its toll on the time lines we expected. 

AOPA.NZ is underway with its ‘Digital Review’. The electronic magazine did not flow out as we would have liked and is going to be printed as well. However, we have a plan and the first stages are being rolled out. This is not a quick fix but an overall strategy to position our organisation in a robust digital space for the next decade (hopefully). Stage one is a common workspace for executive committee and subcommittee members, it is looking good and should streamline our processes. I will keep you updated as parts are developed and near release. We have a couple of members who have offered to assist us but would appreciate hearing from more who have skills in the area of transformation of aged digital systems to modern platforms….. please email me. 

Looking forward to catching up. 

Best wishes 


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