Ken MacKenzie after 20 years of service to the Association and a further two years to come after being reappointed as a Vice President of the AIA.
The Richard Pearse Award for Innovation
This is our most prestigious award. Past recipients have been Spidertracks now the number one aviation tracking product for GA in the US; Altitude who design from new and remodel/refit aircraft interiors and Lanzatech recently recognised internationally by the award of a Green Oscar. This year Tracmap join this line up (click here
). Fittingly, based in Dunedin this company has literally come onto the global stage with a series of very innovative and simple systems which can be used for precision application of fertilisers and toxic baits.
Individual Award Russell Gutschlag
Part of clan "venison" retrieval, Russell has had a long and magnificent career assuring us that his objective was to become the oldest commercial helicopter pilot in this country. Ably supported by life member Jim Love, Sir Tim and Lady Wallace and Ella Davidson, Russell and his wife, Teresa, were our guests at our Larnach Castle ceremony.
Company Award - Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust, Paritutu Rock rescue
We are delighted to be invited to join the Trust at a Black tie function on 10 August to present this award. The ability for the Trust to leverage receipt of the award for the purposes of fund raising adds to the level of support we are able to provide to the EMS sector.
AEANZ individual awards
These two gentlemen from the Waikato region appeared almost inseparable with a massive 120 years of aviaiton engineering expereince between them. They work next door to each other at Eagle and Super air and look as they are both degearing for a long and fulling sojourn. The individual awards went to Ralph Etheridge of Eagle and John Muir Super air.
A big thank you to every sponsor supporting the week (click here
). We run the conference at cost to encourage maximum numbers to attend and our prices have been held at 2009 levels - this can all be put down to the tremendous support we received from our very loyal sponsors and one or two new one. We'll also be giving our sponsors the opportunity to talk to you about their products and some of the recent developments.
We need you to support those who supported us in the trades hall. Here's our trades directory with contact phone numbers and email addresses (click here
). Networking is a major part of the show but there are some fantastic services and products on offer. In our newsletters each week we will be featuring one of our trade displayers and their products and get them talking about the value of conference - warts and all.
Best trade stand NZAAA - Air Tractor
Best trade stand AIA - Heliflite
Best restaurant in Dunedin
.....Etrusco, cheerful and on for a murder and mystery. Best Italian wine and food out. Great entertainment - next time you see Hank Sproull ask him about his karaoke abilities
PPL launch of the fuel discount card
Get a GO FUEL fuel card and get *8 cents per litre discount off pump price on Petrol and Diesel for your car, truck, tractor, bus or boat. Its easy – No fees, no limits and get as many cards as you wish (*at participating Mobil service stations and truckstops)
Just click here
and complete a form or call direct and we’ll complete it for you
Get going - go to gofuel.co.nz
New Divisional Structure
NZAAA and NZHA remain unchanged but the following are merged :
- Supply and Services and Engineering to become Logistics
- Flight Training and Education and Research to become Training and Research
- Air Transport, EMS and TFO to become Operations.
There is one caveat and that is divisions can opt out of the merger if that is so desired and this matter will be put to EMS and TFO members in the not to distant future.
New NZAAA and NZHA Committees
- NZAAA - Chairman Alan Beck, Deputy Chairman Rick Graham, members - Rick Harding, Andrew Hogarth, Neil Miller, Bruce Peterson, John Funnell and Tony Michelle
- NZHA - Chairman Lloyd Matheson, Deputy Chairman Dave Sowman, members - Louisa Paterson, Rick Graham, Davin Mudford, Qwilton Biel, David Beck, John Funnell, and a representative of the RNZAF - presently Shaun Clarke
Indonesia Update, things are happening
There has been quite a bit of activity since the mission finished on 24 May. Two mission participants were in Indonesia this week, following up prospects, another is there next week. An Indonesian company spent 3 days this week in New Zealand. We helped organise the programme for them. They met several agencies in Wellington which, from a government viewpoint, are responsible for the standards and conditions companies must comply with for international work. It was quite eye opening for the Indonesians to see just how integrated we actually are!
We’re also familiar with some formal proposals that have now been sent by mission participants to Indonesian prospects, and the negotiation process is well under way. Good fortune to those companies!
We’ve been involved in follow up with the NZ companies to understand what worked well and what can be improved in future such activities. Some interesting learning for the companies:
- next time, we need to do more research and get more familiar with the market BEFORE we visit
- gained much better knowledge of the wide ranging aviation capabilities that exist in NZ
- identified opportunities where NZ companies could be collaborating and working more closely together, especially with in-market contacts. This brings economies.
- we have much better knowledge and understanding of how to progress opportunities
- NZ gained profile because of the scale of activity and we continue using this to advantage
A final comment from some – ‘the NZ Inc approach was well worthwhile’
Other In-Market Activity
We are looking at a variety of activities in key markets:
- completing research through NZTE in some aspects of the China aviation market
- leveraging off the India/NZ Aviation Arrangement, one of only three such agreements that India has
- some missions with a small number of participants that accelerates their ability to do business (e.g. India)
- some missions with a larger number of participants that helps them understand markets, the opportunities in them and how to do more effective business
- some activities that build the profile of NZ (media work and possible entries in trade shows)
- bringing regulators and potential customers to NZ
We talked about some of these possibilities in the Growth Agenda sessions at conference. If you missed those sessions or would like to volunteer involvement in future activities, let us know.
– don’t forget risk based rule making AKA SMS introduction submissions due 9 July and there's the Omnibus rule with submissions due 28 June.
- excellent discussion at conference and a good briefing from MOT officials. The Minister Hon Michael Woodhouse speaking at an Airports function on Wednesday night said the Act was in for a tweak as opposed to major overhaul and we think that's probably about right. The old Airport Authorities Act however, appears possibly to be looking for a new home or going into rehab permanently.
- an interesting discussion with a senior Labour MP in passing was a view that they saw more merit in specialist regulators in highly safety sensitive industries as the fix. When asked would this mean CAA our environment they said YES - consistent with their view of mining. Officials drafting the Bill don't appear to support this view.
) - the lynch pin of training and source of most airline pilots, the decrease in numbers is quite alarming and under present policy settings impossible to arrest. One question that springs to mind is should student loans fund the flight instructor stream only - is that a reasonable way of ensuring we have good career pathways for pilots. B cats are the essential element of our training system and without them it starts to unravel particularly as A cat numbers are pretty stable. Your thoughts???
Our Careers Expo, which needs some real fine tuning for next year, attracted around 100 plus expressions of interest. These are young people interested in joining our industry. However, the real challenge for us of course is having facilities and resources to train. There is no doubt that our flight training industry is in crisis - last year the boots thought it was stress - now I would put it at distress levels. Schools are surviving and providing excellent quality training for international students and the New Zealand pool contracts.
So what are we doing about it? Government has requested three things of us:
We're in the process of scoping up the project and associated work with the help of a small working group with employer, flight training, ASPEQ and CAA involved. Once this is done, we'll be out to talk to you. At the moment we're thinking most of the work will be done in-house as it’s important to build firm collaboration between all key players.