Aviation New Zealand Newsletter 26 January, 2024

In This Newsletter:

  • CAA Operation Specifications
  • Aviation NZ this week
  • Pilot Survey – we need your support and participation
  • Training and Development
  • Ministerial transport delegations
  • Surveys
  • Pilot Survey – we still need your support and participation
  • Aviation Healthcare Behaviour – Survey
  • Conference 2024
  • Advertising 2024

CAA Operation Specifications

To streamline the Operations Specifications process, the CAA has asked if operators could flag potential aircraft purchases or acquisitions to be added to Operations Specifications at the earliest possible opportunity. Even if an operator is merely thinking of a purchase, advising CAA early will speed up getting an aircraft operational once purchased.  Advance notice allows a dialogue with the CAA on the various requirements such as type acceptance, if necessary, while new maintenance programmes can be identified for action sooner in anticipation of an aircraft’s arrival.

While it is relatively straightforward for CAA to approve the same aircraft types for the same operator, it will take longer for a new aircraft type being acquired by that organisation. It will take even longer when the aircraft purchased is entirely new to New Zealand as type acceptance will be necessary.

Aviation New Zealand has reinforced to CAA the importance of getting the Operations Specifications completed as quickly as possible, but early and advance notice of purchases or even potential purchases will help both CAA and operators. 

Aviation New Zealand this week

Chief Executive Simon Wallace met with CAA Deputy Director David Harrison for their regular catch-up where matters discussed including the Funding Review, the Statement of Commitment on Working Together Staying Apart, and training and development matters. 

Executive Officer, Tony Michelle attended the Otago Regional Council briefing on the draft Land and Water Regional Plan on behalf of NZAAA. They have taken on board much of our previous feedback and adopted largely risk based rules for the application of agrichemicals, fertiliser and VTA’s. That said, there is still a long way to go and the devil will be in the detail when they notify the plan in June.

Executive Officer, Richard Milner has made a submission to Mackenzie District Council for Plan Chang 23 on behalf of NZHA and is also continuing the work on the new Aviation NZ website and CRM integration.  

Training and Development

The Association has this week written to the Minister of Tertiary Education and Skills, Hon Penny Simmonds, highlighting its concerns relating to training and development in the aviation industry. These include:

  • The cap on student borrowing.
  • The cap on the numbers that can be trained.
  • The Annual Maximum Fee Movement (AMFM).
  • Working rights for international students.

We will be following this up with a request to meet with Minister Simmonds.

Ministerial transport delegations

Hon Simeon Brown, the Minister of Transport will retain control over most matters relating to the aviation portfolio. Minister Brown has delegated aviation matters as they relate to tourism to the Associate Minister, Hon Matt Doocey, who is also Minister of Tourism. Mr Doocey will also have responsibility for the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC). See delegations here https://www.dpmc.govt.nz/our-business-units/cabinet-office/ministers-and-their-portfolios/delegations  


We are aware of so-called respondent burden, but the association is asking members if they could find the time to complete one or both of the following surveys, as the findings will be important for the industry.  

Last week Aviation New Zealand circulated a Pilot Survey. We would be grateful if members could complete this survey to better understand supply and demand issues in the sector as well as a range of other matters. See below.

Prior to Christmas, we also lent our support to the work Herwin Bongers, a 787 pilot for Air New Zealand, is undertaking to explore the healthcare behaviours of licensed aviation personnel in New Zealand. See below.

When the results of the survey are known, they will be published and made available through this newsletter. 

Pilot Survey – we still need your support and participation

As you will know there is a lot of commentary in industry with respect to pilot shortages globally and we are not exempt from these effects in New Zealand.
It is important we try to understand this anecdotal commentary with an evidence-based approach to backup what we are hearing and you as the industry play an important role in this.

The attached link will open a survey with questions developed by industry and the Workforce Development Council Ringa Hora to try and paint an accurate picture of the supply/demand of commercial pilots across the country.
We know there are international issues that have influence on our aviation sector, but we want to look closely at the national environment as a starting point.

The survey looks at four main areas:

  • Employers of CPL Fixed Wing pilots
  • Employers of CPL Rotary pilots
  • Flight training organisations – CPL Fixed Wing
  • Flight training organisations – CPL Rotary

Instructions/ guidance

  • We are looking for one response per organisation and from someone who can provide some of the technical detail about their workforce (e.g. the ratings and flying hours) alongside the broader judgements in areas like workforce performance and business conditions (e.g. workforce challenges and what kinds of initiatives they’d support).
  • We don’t ask for specific identifying information and almost all questions are voluntary, so people can respond to as little or much as they are comfortable with sharing.
  • The only compulsory questions are the ones that divert people to relevant sections (e.g. Fixed Wing training organisations don’t have to answer anything about Rotary).
  • The survey results once analysed by Ringa Hora (i.e. no longer in raw form) will be shared with interested parties only and all participants and Aviation New Zealand will have access to the results via a website link.
    To reiterate, all responses will be treated confidentially, and names of organisations will not be disclosed.

Finally, we appreciate there may be the odd cross over where a business has both fixed and rotary assets and pilots, you will need to answer for both options separately.

The Survey Monkey link is below.
The survey is open until 7 February 2024.

Note: The CAA is also working with us to send out the survey to ensure operators beyond the Aviation New Zealand membership are included. If you receive an email from CAA, you don’t need to complete the survey from them.
Any questions on the survey itself should be directed to Allan Moulai at Ringa Hora at Allan.Moulai@ringahora.nz or call 022 014 2860.

Aviation Healthcare Behaviour – Survey

Those of you who attended Conference in August will have heard the interesting presentation from Herwin Bongers, a 787 pilot for Air New Zealand. As part of his Master’s thesis at Massey University, Herwin is exploring the healthcare behaviours of licensed aviation personnel in New Zealand.

Herwin has asked Aviation New Zealand if we would socialise his work and seek the participation of members in his survey, which we are of course very happy to do.

The attached paper provides a QR code that you can scan to download the survey and we encourage our members, if they have time, to complete the survey which is open to the end of January. 

The health and wellbeing of not only pilots, but other aviation personnel, is a critical issue that we all need to talk more about and this work by Herwin will help to paint a picture of the challenges the aviation sector is facing in this important area.

Conference 2024

The Conference will return to Te Pae in Christchurch from 25 to 27 August. The feedback from this year’s event supported our decision to take the event back to Canterbury. 

The team is working on the programme, and we certainly welcome any input and ideas from our members to help develop the content and other activity in and around the event.  

The trade area will be expanded in 2024 to accommodate up to 32 exhibitors. While we are yet to finalise pricing, we welcome early expressions of interest from trade exhibitors which can be sent to Chief Executive Simon Wallace.

Advertising in 2024

We wish to advise members that advertising prices will be increasing for 2024. Existing advertisements will continue to be honoured at 2023 prices, but new advertisements will be charged out at 2024 rates. The rates can be found here