Aviation New Zealand Newsletter 17 November, 2023

In This Newsletter:

  • Vietnam Training Delegation
  • Senior Person Workshop – 28 November 2023 – Taupo – LAST CHANCE
  • TAIC Investigation ZK-ITK
  • The Heron Report
  • WorldSkills Maintenance National Competition
  • Aviation NZ Council and Divisional Meetings
  • Newsletter Content Needed
  • Membership Subscriptions 23/24

Aviation NZ delegation in Vietnam next week

A delegation of Aviation NZ members will be in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city next week to put our country’s world-leading pilot training schools back on the radar. With the support of Education NZ, the delegation is reconnecting with the Vietnamese pilot market and the activities in the north and south of the country will provide an opportunity for students to meet with New Zealand’s accredited pilot training schools.

The four schools participating are all members of Aviation NZ and include:

  • Ardmore Flying School (Auckland)
  • Eagle Flight Training (Gisborne)
  • International Aviation Academy New Zealand (Christchurch)
  • The New Zealand Airline Academy (Oamaru)

While signalling that NZ is open for business, this visit will be an opportunity to show prospective Vietnamese pilots and the Vietnamese airline industry why we are a top training ground for the world’s pilots. Carriers such as Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet, Bamboo Airlines and Pacific Airlines are all wanting Vietnamese pilots to fly for them.

An Aviation Cooperation Agreement has been in place between the NZ and Vietnamese Ministries of Transport since 2015.

You can find out more detail about the Aviation NZ trip in this press release we issued on Wednesday here

Senior Persons Workshop, Taupo on 28 November


There are just a few places left on this workshop and registrations will close next Tuesday 21 November.

If you or one of your team is interested in attending, please email Geeta Unka.

Payment for all registrations must be received by Aviation NZ no later than Friday 24 November.

The full programme will be sent to participants next week.

TAIC Investigation into ZK – ITK – Loss of Control in Flight – Lammerlaw Range

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission(TAIC) has today released the final investigation report into the unfortunate loss of one of our pilots.

Richard Milner, Executive Officer for the New Zealand Helicopter Association(NZHA) has reviewed the investigation and concludes that: 

“There are key learnings from the investigation which pilots and operators need to be aware of such as the perishable nature of instrument flying skills and the heightened risk of loss of horizon at night. There is also the need for pilots to conduct additional training for night cross-country flying. The investigation also demonstrated the positive benefits of tracking technologies and cockpit video recorders”. 

The findings and recommendations of the report are beneficial for pilots, operators, and users of helicopter services, particularly those involved in night operations​”

The report can be found on the TAIC website here

Please read out Aviation New Zealand Public Media Release

The Heron Report into CAA investigation and enforcement practices

Following the publication of this report, Aviation NZ has now written to Keith Manch, Director of CAA, setting out its views.

In our letter, we have expressed concern at what appears to be a move from a safety focus to a regulatory focus. We have also highlighted what we believe was less than ideal communications with Aviation NZ and the wider sector around the publication of the report and subsequent consultation with the sector.

We also noted several positive areas and signalled our desire to work with CAA on some of the recommendations that were made.

The report and Keith Manch’s response to the Heron report can be read here Changes to CAA investigation practices | aviation.govt.nz

WorldSkills Maintenance National Competition

On 3 and 4 November, 10 young aircraft maintenance engineers challenged themselves to be the country’s champion AME in a competition at the Air Force museum. The competition included an aircraft daily inspection, engine component change, an engine internal video scope inspection and a structure fabrication task carried out to industry standards in a tight timeframe. 

The Gold medal winner was Elliott Farnan of Air New Zealand, the Silver medal went to Michael Hay from Airbus New Zealand and the Bronze medal to Tim Duncan of Helisupport in Wanaka. 

From these medallists, a final competitor will be chosen to represent New Zealand on the world stage at the WorldSkills international competition in France in 2024. 

For more information and photos you can visit the WorldSkills website or the Air Force Museum Facebook or Instagram page. 

Upcoming meetings of the Aviation NZ Council, the NZAAA, NZHA and AEANZ

For the information of members, the NZHA, the NZAAA and the AEANZ will meet in Wellington on 5 December followed by an Aviation NZ Council meeting on 6 December, also in Wellington.

Newsletter content

We are always looking for interesting and topical content from our members for the weekly e-communication. If you do have something, can you please get this to us no later than close of business on a Wednesday.

A reminder about membership subscriptions

For any members that don’t have a payment arrangement in place and are still to pay their subscriptions for the 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2024 year, they will unfortunately be resigned on 30 November 2023.