President Update

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To me, the concept of safety as a goal has always been an elusive challenge. After all what is safety? in reality it is what occurs when nothing happens. No incidents no accidents no injury no harm. The industry we see today is the result of an enormous technological development in transport and services for the betterment of human kind. As a result of thiswide and extensive development, aviation has become inherently complex and highly regulated.

Traditionally, safety has been improved by investigating and measuring systems, operational and human failure. Determining the root cause and then putting in place changes checks and balances to prevent recurrence. However in some cases the lessons are not handed on or acknowledged and the value is lost.The basic minimum regulatory standards are put in place to prevent these failings. However we all know that this does not always prevent accidents and incidents from occurring. The real deterrent is what we do ourselves to take responsibility for our outcomes. It is the adoption of a culture of discipline that provides the needed safety control. Risk mitigation, checks and balances and constant review are part of our daily lives.
Despite all this complexity, Aviation in New Zealand is a safe activity.
Unfortunately from time to time have had some tragic accidents and from these we must take every opportunity to learn and educate ourselves from these events so that they do not recur.  Many thousands of passengers are carried safely in New Zealand aircraft, year in year out and our industry has a world class safety record.  We can however, always do more and any fatality is one too many.
Aviation is an extremely important part of the New Zealand economy and it’s our job to ensure that we deliver a world class service to all customers, in terms of safety, operations and customer experience.
CAA regulate to check that we deliver minimum acceptable standards of performance.  But only we can ensure that we have a world class industry.  So, it’s important we take ownership of this role – and work together to share experiences, develop industry best practices and implement our own voluntary Codes of Practice for safe operations.
I would like to pass on our sincere condolences to the families affected by the latest tragic accident at Fox. To the staff and people involved in dealing with this accident the industry offers support and assistance.
Regards and safe flying
Don McCracken


Internal News

Purchasing through n3 grows New
Fire Services Review 
Colour Vision Update  Vietnam
Annual Joint Stakeholder Function 

Domestic News

What is the future of transport New
RMA Changes could do some good New
Queensland Lakes District Council Proposed District Plan New
Jilly Murphy Memorial Scholarship Updated
CAA Funding Review Updated

Aviation in the News New

Reorganisation of Hawker Pacific Activities in NZ

No Mayday call before Fox Glacier crash
Aviation NZ offers support following Fox Glacier accident

The PM led mission to Vietnam has generated considerable exposure in Vietnamese media.  Some examples: and Vietjet 

Vietjet inks NZ Company

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

Purchasing through n3 grows New

Interesting to see that total member spend through N3 increased again in the year ended 31 October, as did total savings received. 
The numbers using Bunnings, NZ Couriers, OfficeMax and Noel Leeming are continuing to increase.  Interesting to see that the average member using OfficeMax saved $1995 during the year – this contrasts with the average membership fee of $1560.

Fire Services Review 

The Minister has announced that the Government intends to set up a new unified fire services organisation as a result of the review.
Here’s the link to the Department of Internal Affairs webpage where you’ll find the link to his speech, some fact sheets, and the Cabinet paper and minute.

Colour Vision Update 

This week the CAA is heard oral submissions on the proposed GD for colour vision standards for pilot medical certificates, from those who lodged formal submissions. Aviation NZ lodged a formal proposal here and worked closely with the CVA group in its formation. The CVA Group’s expert evidence is compelling.  If this issue is about safety – it does seem absurd that some pilots can and do fly with colour deficiency – whereas others cannot. Let’s hope we get a sensible outcome.

Airways selected as Vietnam's ATC training provider 

Airways New Zealand has this week signed two agreements with Vietnamese aviation authorities, to provide air traffic control training and related services for Vietnam-based students. Read more
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You’ll have seen publicity last week about the PM’s visit to Vietnam and that he was accompanied Minister Joyce and an education and aviation group. 
The aviation group included our members: Air New Zealand, Airways, Ardmore Flying School, Eagle Flight Training and International Aviation Academy, as well as AIM Altitude, Atrax and BCS.  We also participated on the mission.  This was a government/industry initiative, reflecting the importance of a NZ Inc approach to develop opportunities in Vietnam more.

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 20th  November
Don McCracken        Ian Andrews
President                  President
Aviation NZ                NZ Aviation Federation

Council and Divisional Meetings, Wellington

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

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Domestic News


What is the future of transport? New

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? New

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 New

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.

Jilly Murphy Memorial Scholarship Updated

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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CAA Funding Review Updated

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


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