AOPA Short Approach

October 2014

Presidents Update

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Since the last Short Approach I have spent most of my time in China and attended the International AOPA (IAOPA) World Assembly. Jill and I did manage a few days on a beach in Indonesia at the end of the trip which was a bonus.

As always after attending events like this one comes back full of enthusiasm for the organisation and what it does. I am over that initial rush now, but still believe that one of the greatest benefits for AOPA NZ members is our affiliation with this world wide group. IAOPA represents over 460,000 members of GA in 73 countries of the world and is the only GA organisation to have a representative in Toronto with direct access to ICAO. Frank Hoffman has held that position for some time now and it was great to meet him and get information I needed to further our efforts in New Zealand. Like it or not we are bound by our country being a signatory to ICAO and I see great benefits from that agreement. To understand that agreement completely we need the support and experience from other contracting states and IAOPA is our vehicle to bring that collective knowledge to the fore so we can be effective in our relationship with our regulator, CAA.

I will be writing a more comprehensive report for the next magazine but the contacts I made with Canada, USA, and Europe are invaluable with regard to medical issues and understanding RPL’s in different countries. One of my highly regarded contacts was Patrick Malone (yes I tried the Irish jokes on him) who is the top aviation journalist in the world with an award to prove it. He worked tirelessly to produce a report in the IAOPA Europe newsletter that I have provided a link to below. I would urge you to click through and look at what happened at the assembly and what they are doing in Europe as it is all on a similar vein to us. Basically we want less regulation for GA. Small aircraft small regulation large aircraft large regulation. One size does not fit all. That link will also give you access to the GA magazine produced by Pat for AOPA UK which has very interesting reading in it. The high light of the trip would have to be a flight over the Great Wall in a Eurocopter EC135. Here is a link to their website which will show some of the activities they are trying to get up and running. 

In the next few days the CAA air navigation implementation team will be in the USA talking to FAA about the NextGen navigation system. I have already written about our plan and how I believe we are well advanced in NZ compared to other countries. At CAA request we have organised a visit to AOPA USA headquarters where they will be shown the GA side of USA and taken on flights to demonstrate the benefits of SBAS (WAAS) for GA.

This ebulletin is not supposed to be a place for me to hog the space but I intend to keep you more up to date in the future with some of the things I get involved in on your behalf. On the 16th Oct I have a day in Wellington which will include meetings on the MoT Act review and an Aviation Advisory Group (ACAG) meeting to review the submissions from the funding review. This is a real win for GA that we are in at the review stage and CAA are taking ACAG input seriously. The Act review is well underway and already we have some changes proposed by AOPA being signalled in the consultation document. Our final submission will be finished by the end of October and will have been reviewed by Angela Beazer our legal beagle. Then on the 21st Oct another all-day meeting with the Aviation Community Medical Liaison Group (ACMLG). Steve Brown attends these as well and we have the whole medical department of CAA plus all sectors of the industry raising issues we see as important.

Finally, many thanks to all those who attended the CAA funding roadshows. AOPA really supported those events and without us some of them would have been very short in the audience. This week we have our executive meeting in Mosgiel hosted by Kevin Anderson and Murray Patterson so if you are in the area come along on the Friday night 10th Oct and meet your executive. Just call Murray.

Ian Andrews

President AOPA NZ

IAOPA Europe Report on China

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The International Council of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations met in Beijing in September for its 27th World Assembly as guests of AOPA China. IAOPA, the world’s biggest pilots’ association with some 400,000 members, meets every two years to plan strategy and make resolutions for presentation to governments, ICAO in Montreal, and national aviation authorities around the world – the only aviation organisation to do this. To see the full slate of resolutions passed by the Assembly, click here and look at the World Assembly report.
This year, the emphasis was very much on what global GA can do to help China. There’s never been a boomtown like Beijing. Leave for a year and you’ll hardly know it when you get back, the pace of progress is so furious. Capitalism red in tooth and claw bulldozes bureaucracy like fire through ice, the world’s most expensive real estate abuts dire poverty, the quick make billions while the pedestrian lose their shirts. China now uses more energy than the United States, spends more on e-commerce, and [Read More]

Auto pilots fly more accurately ??

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Flying magazine editor in chief Robert Goyer writes that autopilots do a better, more accurate job of flying the airplane, plus they're so convenient. But as with any electronic device, they can do awry, and keeping up hand-flying skills should be a top priority. "It's something we should find a way to do more often," writes Goyer. Flying online/Going Direct blog (9/30)

Fixed Gear or Retractable for Speed

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Three of the fastest new single-engine piston aircraft are equipped with fixed gear, rather than retractable landing gear, writes Flying magazine blogger Peter Garrison. "As airplanes like the TTx demonstrate, however, it is simpler to add power than to subtract drag," he writes. Flying online (9/24)

NZ Gliding Club scholarship launches young pilot

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Toni Thompson got into the sport of gliding three years ago after she earned a scholarship from New Zealand's South Canterbury Gliding Club. "I always liked flying and gliding is peaceful, there is no engines and it is a challenge to stay up in the air," said Thompson. She went on to fly with the Youth Glide Organization and now works in mission support for the Royal New Zealand Air Force. The club will offer three scholarships this year to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Stuff (New Zealand) (9/25)

Russian Optimism at its best

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While in China I met a rather friendly Russian. Apart from trying to teach a Canadian lady, (with encouragement from a Japanese man) how to use chopsticks with the whole process being videoed and watched by a couple from Denmark, he gave me a link to these enterprising Russians who are hoping to get to NZ by helicopter. Watch their progress at this link.

Coming Events for AOPA NZ

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This next weekend is Meet the Executive  

The South Island Christmas Lunch on 22nd Nov

The North Island BBQ on 23rd Nov

Back to Basics fly-in 23rd January

Healthy Bastards Fly-in 31st January 2015

AGM and Golf weekend at Whakatane from 20th Feb 2015

Go to the website and book for these events


Australia could start charging recreational pilots

Recreational aircraft in Australia are currently exempt from paying fees normally paid by general aviation aircraft for the use of controlled airspace at towered airports. Airservices Australia is considering a change in that policy, due to the increase of recreational aircraft. "Airservices is committed to ensuring that all airspace users are treated equally and any inequity is addressed," said a representative from Airservices. (Australia) (10/2)

RPL medicals worldwide

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The AOPA USA Medical Advisory Board is the latest group to urge quick action on the proposed FAA rule that would allow thousands more pilots to fly without the need for a third class medical certificate. Read more...

We intend to investigate the differences in RPL licences and medical requirements among the contracting states to IAOPA. Our NZ RPL medical is probably at the leading edge but some of the restrictions still need attending to. With a common approach we may be able to achieve a universal type licence.  (AOPA NZ comment)

Funny ??

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It has been said that the mens washroom at the golf club is the only place on the course where you wont be told to alter your stance or change your grip.


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