The AEANZ Executive
meet on Tuesday with much of the work revolving around professional development. Two programmes were announced :
Aging Aircraft/Corrosion - 29/30 April- Hamilton, 17/18 June-Dunedin
Structures and Fatigue- 1/2 May - Hamilton, 19/20 June - dunedin
Presented by Sam Kantinaths. Maximum 20 participants click here
for more detail. Proposals are also being worked through to engage an EO and we hope to make announcements shortly.
Debrief – pilot training and funding.
This morning the Industry met with Officials from the TEC/MOE and MOT to discuss the forward demand, funding and some of the regulatory impediments to our domestic and international competitiveness as a sector.
For the industry this is an economic debate about ensuring we have enough pilots to sustain and grow our sector. For Officials from the TEC and MoE it’s about ensuring there are enough pilots trained to meet the demands of the New Zealand industry.
So from industry we look at this as a top down demand debate i.e. to support growth and sustain the industry we need pilots. Officials look at this as a building block. In other words they are very interested in how the policy decision of 2012 (Capping numbers and fees) translates through into reality.
We understand some of the effects of their decisions in 2012 but will need to provide high quality and detailed information to present a cogent case for change. However from the top down view of the world we know that Air NZ announced yesterday 2 more B777 would be joining their fleet; foreign airlines and companies are actively recruiting both fixed and rotary pilots from the New Zealand market and the experience levels of our instructors are dropping as they find jobs in air transport operations.
If we could convert all of the 450 EFTS we are awarded every year into 450 productive pilots in high wage gainful employment, the problem would be solved. However, the reality is that it takes time to produce productive pilots and many of you have both regulatory and insurance market constraints to deal with as well as the quirks of education training and funding policies.
The meeting was a positive first step. Industry can answer the TEC/MOE’s questions about the present situation – they did say they where pretty gun shy about the information we produce so my plea is: please flight schools, be accurate. In my view, we need to engage some smart economists to work with us on the economic argument. Just as the training of enough skilled labour to assist in the Christchurch rebuild was an economic argument, so is the number of pilots supplied into aviation. This impacts on the growth potential of our tourism and primary industries Last year, we licensed precisely 151 CPL (A) and 51 CPL (H). The long run demand for CPL (A) is around 200 and for Helicopters 70.
A copy of the presentation we left with officials is here
. We'll be responding to the TEC/MOE's specifics but this is one debate that needs to be elevated to the economic platform and we'll be talking to key players about how we do that next week.
The benefits of collaboration for international work
This is a lot of what we do in accessing global growth opportunities for the industry - this time its in the context of HeliExpo in Las Vegas next week. Supported by NZTE, some very impressive promotional material has been developed including a booklet on the helicopter industry in New Zealand, pop up banners, invitations to a function on Wednesday 6 March (which we are co hosting with HAI, HeliExpo 2013 and the American Helicopter Services and Aerial Firefighting Association) leading to the aviation presence in San Francisco 22 to 24 July with America's Cup. All of this is supplemented by Aviation is in our DNA which was produced last year. We have provided much of the copy and photographs for this material - and thanks for a number of your photos We are keen for industry to be using some of this material as appropriate, and will be coming out soon with some guidelines to make this possible. Obviously preserving the integrity of the New Zealand aviation sector is of critical importance and we're not wanting to see this put at risk. To get a preview of some of this work, Aviation is in our DNA here
NZ Aviation banners here
NZ Helicopter Industry here
Talking about our industry and its contribution
Magazines Today will be running a major feature on our industry. This kiwi company produces Auckland Today, Canterbury Today, Central Today and Wellington Today. Many of you will know them. They are business publications intended for a business audience and primarily distributed through business PO Boxes. While the aviation publications in New Zealand do a great job, we need to capture more 'minds and hearts' of those not currently involved in aviation. Basically, we want to communicate the importance and growth potential of the industry, and to enthuse more people to get involved. So, we'll be helping Magazines Today with editorial material.. They will also be after companies to get advertising and more copy. The goal is to have a few pages in each publication devoted to aviation. www.magazinestoday.co.nz
Congratulations to Airways click here
and Air NZ click here
. Success by the larger participants in our industry is always pleasing because it tells you a lot about the helath of the sector and of course the trickle down benefits for New zealand economy. If we're to reach our goal of building a $16Bn sector by 2016 then each one of us needs to contribute. We assist in lobbying your case, advocacy, representation and building the connectedness of the industry.
Aviation is in our DNA
This week we became aware of a company promoting itself as AIRCARE™ accredited when it wasn't. We've asked the company to remove its references. If it doesn't we will be taking action. It's easy to tell who is AIRCARE™ accredited as it's on our web page. In the case above the complainant was not a member and was not AIRCARE™ accredited but he'd heard about the programme from DoC and wanted to understand more about the programme.