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$30,000 dollars a year.  That’s a lot of money right?  Well that’s how much extra one of our ag guys calculates he’ll be paying under the CAA Funding Review proposals here.  Multiply that by the number of agricultural operators in NZ = $3 million dollars.  That is a SERIOUSLY lot of money.  Add to that the costs of telling industry the bad news and in total we’re talking about $4,000,000.  That is a SERIOUSLY SERIOUSLY lot of money – and that’s just the start (we’re still running the numbers on the impacts on other sectors).   
So, understandably, many of our members think the Christmas grinch has arrived.  The CAA will come to our Divisional meetings next week  so they can see and hear first hand the mood of industry on this.  Roadshows are happening now – get to them if you can here
On a brighter note – we look forward to seeing you at our Annual Stakeholder Function next week.  We are expecting about 100 guests – so it’s going to be a great event. There’s still time to register if you haven’t yet.  But please register asap as we need to provide Parliament with our guest list beforehand.  Safety and security first of course.


Internal News

N3 Kiwi Summer Package New
UAVNZ Develops code of conduct for members New
Annual Joint Stakeholder Function - Last Chance

Domestic News

Presentation from SelectUSA Seminar, Wellington New 
What is the future of transport
RMA Changes could do some good
Queensland Lakes District Council Proposed District Plan
Airways Pricing Proposal Keeps safety focus New
Jilly Murphy Memorial Scholarship 
Extra Safety Standards mandated for Airbus (Squirrel) Helicopters New
CAA Funding Review 

Intenational News

Rotorcraft Asia 2017 New
A/AA A16 Airspace Awards 2016 New
Contracts Manager, Tonga New

Aviation in the News New

Vortech wins drone innovation competition backed by james cameron

Internal News



The ASPEQ AGM took place at Wellington Airport this Thursday.  Both shareholders, Aviation Federation and Aviation NZ, are very pleased with the strong performance of the company over the last 12 months and the positive future direction, underpinned by strong future revenue streams from existing contracts and new business development.  
The Shareholders, Directors and management also thanked the outgoing longstanding Board members, Chairman Brian Roulston, John Jones and Carol Durkin, who have been there since the commencement of ASPEQ in 1992 – and created the strong foundation for the company’s success.  Highlights below:
  • ASPEQ Group 2014/15 financial results – Group revenue of $8.3m, and NPAT of $480,000
  • Half Year Dividend of $120,000 declared by the Board (to be paid in December)
  • Smaller ASPEQ Board now comprises: Chairman, Nick Calavrias, Teresa Ciprian, Richard Small and Samantha Sharif.
  • Both Aviation Federation and Aviation NZ remain committed to ASPEQ as long-term Shareholders and supporting the future success of the ASPEQ Group

N3 Kiwi Summer Package New 

As part of your membership to Aviation NZ your business gets access to n3’s Employee Benefits program – so you can reward yourself and say thanks to your staff.  To kick start the Kiwi Summer n3 has put together some great deals and prizes from their friends at Noel Leeming, Avis, Millennium Hotels, Resene, Lighting Direct and many more. Visit the n3 Kiwi Summer page from 1 December to 14 December for daily deals and prizes from n3 suppliers, plus go in to the draw to WIN the ULTIMATE PRIZE PACK WORTH over $2000.
What you need to do:
  1. Activate your n3 membership if you haven’t already ACTIVATE
  2. Visit daily the n3 Kick Start your Kiwi Summer page
  3. Share the page with your staff and family

UAVNZ develops code of conduct for members New

The UAVNZ executive committee believes that its members are individually and collectively responsible for their conduct. As an emerging industry it is important that a reputation, built on safe flying, professionalism and collaboration, that all can be proud of, is established and maintained.  
As a result, a Code of Conduct that all members and associate members of UAVNZ must sign and adhere to has been developed.  The Code does not attempt to detail all possible behaviour but is a guiding document that describes common standards of behaviour.  The Code, which was sent to all UAVNZ members yesterday is here.

Annual Joint Stakeholder Function 2015 - Last Chance

Aviation NZ and NZ Aviation Federation

We are delighted to invite you to attend our first ever joint Aviation NZ and NZ Aviation Federation Annual Stakeholder Function.
This event welcomes the new era of partnership between our two organisations – Our members represent a major portion of the Aviation participants in New Zealand. Collectively we strive to enhance aviation growth, safety and professionalism, in all aviation sectors in New Zealand Aviation and abroad.
We would be delighted if you can join us to celebrate success over the past year – hear about our plans for 2016 and enjoy the opportunity to network with your industry colleagues.

10th  December 2015 , 5.30 – 7.30pm
Parliament Grand Hall, Wellington
Hosted by Aviation New Zealand and NZ Aviation Federation
in association with Brett Hudson National List MP, Ōhāriu

Register by 5th December
Don McCracken        Ian Andrews
President                  President
Aviation NZ                NZ Aviation Federation

Council and Divisional Meetings, Wellington Updated

Dec 9   NZHA all day
Dec 10 NZAAA all day
Dec 10 SSE Morning
Dec 10 Annual Stakeholder Function with Aviation Federation 5.30-7pm
Dec 11 Aviation NZ Council all day

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Domestic News


Presentations from SelectUSA Seminar, Wellington New 

Presentations from the SelectUSA Seminar in Wellington are now available

What is the future of transport? 

The MOT is developing a vision of the future of the transport sector – what will it look like in 30 years time?  And the implications it has for us as participants in the sector.
  • What is our transport future - overview story
  • The future of air travel
  • The future of road safety
  • The future of data and intelligence in transport
  • The future of low-carbon transport
Other future visions will be finalised over the next couple of months.
There is also some video and lots of polls, and if you’d like to comment, there is a feedback form for you to do so. has some Q&As on why we are doing this work. 

RMA changes could do some good? 

BusinessNZ says draft legislation to amend the Resource Management Act is worthwhile.
Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says business is disappointed that the political landscape has made it impossible to change the Act substantively to make it more fit for its purpose of promoting sustainable development. Read more

Queenstown Lakes District Council Proposed District Plan 

All the original submissions received are now on the webpage -
We expect to hear from QLDC soonish regarding Notification of the Summary of Decisions Requested for Further Submissions.

Airways Pricing Proposal Keeps Safety Focus New

Airways will release its proposed pricing consultation document for the 2016 – 2019 period in the New Year. Read More

Jilly Murphy Memorial Scholarship 

A $5000 scholarship is offered each year to support a project or person who contributes to improve aviation safety in New Zealand, particularly in Canterbury.  It is offered jointly by Christchurch Airport and Airways New Zealand, in memory of Jilly Murphy, a member of the Airways Christchurch Tower team who died in central Christchurch during the 22 February 2011 earthquake.
 The scholarship is offered to be used for learning, resources, equipment or to supplement income for a person focused on aviation safety.  Applications for the 2016 scholarship are now open – close on 22 December.
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Extra Safety Standards mandated for Airbus (Squirrel) Helicopters New

CAA has issued a directive clarifying the standards to be applied when loading and operating some Airbus AS350/355 (or 'Squirrel') helicopters in New Zealand here  

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CAA Funding Review 

The next stage in the review sees CAA holding workshops starting yesterday in Wellington and ending in Palmerston North on 9 December.  More:

International News

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Rotorcraft Asia 2017 New

Book your booth now and enjoy Early Bird Rates

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A/AA A16 Airspace Awards 2016 New

Australia is internationally recognised for its leadership and innovation. Read more
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Contracts Manager, Tonga New

The World Bank, through The Pacific Aviation Investment Programme is looking to appoint a contracts officer to provide contract management of key investments under the Programme for approximately 12 months.  Travel throughout the South Pacific will be required.  Contract Reference Number ATKSV/IC/D07.1.  EOIs close on 14 December 2015.  More 

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