Aviation has featured extensively in the media this week with the unfortunate accident in SFO (San Francisco).
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An observation, being the media’s hunger for news – nothing new there, but it is interesting reading the NTSB’s very proactive commentary. While couched in such terms as “premature” and “not role to assign blame” it is interesting the Chairwoman’s commentary is at daily scheduled press briefings and she is commenting on everything from the pilots potentially being blinded by a white light to crew pairing, to the absence of runway aids etc, etc. It is almost like it is a blow by blow account of what happened next and runs the risk of “trial by media”. We wonder whether such an inquiry should be run in the same manner heaven forbid something like this happening in this part of the world?
And then there was the matter of comfort pets. “Red boots” is very familiar with the issue. It’s a regulatory requirement – the application of US government’s extra territoriality muscle. Originally this regulation was couched in terms of little ponies, cats, birds – any animal (small in stature) that provided psychological comfort to passengers. The thought of a flying Noah’s arc took on a whole new meaning there for a while until sense prevailed. Fortunately the rule, internationally at least, has been restricted to well behaved dogs. Of course the interesting thing was the high profile nature of the passengers and the thought of which one convinced a Doctor that they could only travel if they had their comfort pets in the cabin with them. For privacy reasons of course we simply do not and will never know!!!!!
Enough frivolity - down to the serious stuff, massive congratulations to Michael West of the RNZAF for his silver medal in the world skills games recently held in Germany. Mike is a stunning example of youth leadership and the qualities and contribution our young people do make. The RAeS Wellington branch is commencing some excellent work in this area and next week Service IQ and ourselves meet to review the careers expo held recently in Dunedin in conjunction with conference.
We still have a number of signed copies of Richie McCaw’s book for sale. These are ideal corporate gifts particularly for foreign visitors and maybe there’s a New Zealander who might appreciate one too click here to order – cost $40 bulk discount available.
For those who attended conference we would really appreciate some feed back to our questions click here. Currently six of you have taken time to fill in a response but we would really appreciate a number more. Our first conference debrief is Monday and this will form the basis for on-going work as we lead into the Napier conference in July next year.
Pilot skill shortages – and application has been made to place aeroplane pilot on the immigration skill shortages list click here. We will be out talking to all employers and flight training schools in the next week as we want to obtain as much data as possible to verify the substance of this application as well as most importantly understand why this problem has arisen. Around a year ago AIA went on nationwide TV saying there’s an emerging problem. We received an absolute savaging from Minister Joyce and no support. Our data then was telling us the red flag was up the pole but perhaps not flying as strong as it is today. But facts, information and data are what’s required to shift government policy settings and this is what we’ll be after.
We’d also like to know from you as to whether you think we are tracking in the right direction. Whether we are delivering value and how we can deliver more value. This will be part of the conversation we have with you but if you’re not in the “operational” community and have some views on this issue please send the boots and email and we’ll arrange a time to catch up.
NZHA Helicopter Accident Causal Factors Safety study
Review of Civil Aviation Act – some interesting stuff here from the EU. click here. Although in the context of GA it is interesting reading the risk based criteria being applied. It is so close to Swedavia McGregor that it’s not funny. So the world is rapidly catching up to our legislation which is now 20 years old. This type of thinking is unleashing real productivity gains for the global industry so how will New Zealand position itself?….quite clearly in the past we have been world leaders.
Health and Safety in Employment - there were a number of interesting presentations at conference on this issue and Minister Smith when we met with him on DoC matters seemed to hold the view that the specialist CAA legislation would over ride the more generalist HSE legislation. When we pointed out to him that this was not the case he was quite taken back. Even Ministers appear not to understand what they have signed into law.
As we understand essentially the changes proposed by the HSE taskforce are a much tighter holding of the hands between the agencies but with the new HSE agency calling the shots. We think this generates some considerable threat for Aviation as among other matters we have much greater intensity of regulatory reporting regimes for accidents and incidents.
The other matter of more widespread concern to industry is that the old culture of HSE, is being transported into the new agency Workplace NZ. As we know it is cultures that cause many of problems and the “old” culture is not steeped in safety but in work place industrial relations. We are not saying that unions do not have a role to play. Quite clearly they do but the ownership of the issue must rest with every person in that work place and its not on to defer responsibility to unions or any other party.
Someone said to “the boots” what was the role of the Safety Manager in respect of Pike River – a question that seemed never to have been posed in the Inquiry – or at least not that I can see from the report.
Pilot medical issues
We look forward with anticipation to CAA’s next consultation with industry as this will tell us more about the need for robustness in dealing with what is private and highly sensitive medical information.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – Callaghan Institute held a very worthwhile meeting last week with a number of manufacturers. Unfortunately “the boots” was on leave however we’re anticipating a bebrief in the next three weeks and we’ll be in touch with those interested after that. Given CAA’s increasing interest this seems to be the catalyst to get onto forming this group. International linkages of course will be an integral part of the process.
CAA statement of Corporate Intent – click here - worth a read as it sets out very clearly what CAA has been articulating for near on a year. Nothing too surprising in it other than the acceleration of UAS or UAV policy work. We know this an issue but it doesn’t seem to consistently rate up there in the issues CAA discusses with industry
New Rule Parts for Aviation Training Sector – both new Rule Part 147 and amendments to 141 have moved up the rule making agenda. While they do not sit on the agreed programme ie the one CAA is funded for it would appear that there is some scope to progress these on a funded basis from another pocket of dosh. So good news. MoT appear to be the lead agency on both projects which is quite unusual given the technical nature of the changes but this shouldn’t bee a game breaker. So at least we can say with confidence “watch this space”…….
SMS the next steps – submissions have closed. AIA’s submission (click here). Our preference remains voluntary compliance but experience suggested, particularly in respect of the introduction of SMS of AIRCARE™, that mandatory is the only real option given that ICAO has prescribed the need for a State Safety Plan in addition to SMS and we can’t see how you can have a State Safety Plan if certain sectors of the aviation community are exempt. This is even more so when SMS moves towards a more data driven proactive solutions based environment ie one piece of the jigsaw puzzle missing distorts the picture.
Ag Risk Profiling next steps – unfortunately nothing much to report here as the “go forward” is yet to be considered at Executive level within CAA. However, we do have an absolute assurance that the collegial approach taken to this project will continue. AIA’s interest of course is strategic as the success of this project will influence how the process is applied to other sectors and what the implications are for the risked based approach being adopted for developing a high performance regulatory culture across a number of government agencies.
LIB 4 - advice received from the CAA has affirmed that there is an issue to be resolved. If CAA’s interpretation is applied it will prohibit Industry undertaking some activities we have been undertaking for years even if certification was introduced and impose significant costs on other activities whereas if the Industry’s interpretation is applied this creates significant legal risk for CAA in the event of an accident and a coronial inquiry so where too from here.
Well we think we have a way through the stand off. We’ve been asked to document all of the rules (ie permitted activities through 91, 133, 137 etc) which are compromised or prejudiced by CAA’s interpretation and then in the context of those rules look at Rule Part 1 definition of crew. Rule Part 1 applies to all rules and not just 119.
We are hoping to avoid having to rewrite the definition of crew member and to assess whether it is possible to look at the matter in a more expansive way. If this is not possible then a rule change will be required.
We’ll be consulting with affected parties shortly.
Screentime is producing a new television series Descent from Disaster read more this relates to the Kaimai accident of some half century ago.
Last week we talked about building the brand and profile. This week, we’ll give you an idea of what we are doing to grow the size of the industry. Safety remains a given.
BUILDING THE BRAND AND PROFILE
For starters though, we need to go back to the brand and profile. We’re doing this to build international awareness of the capabilities of the New Zealand aviation industry; to make potential customers more willing to use products and services from New Zealand. It also involves making other New Zealand companies aware of what we actually do in New Zealand so that they can look for domestic solutions rather than go overseas.
GROWING THE SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY
International activities Through developing strategic relationships with potential overseas customers, we are educating them about New Zealand capabilities, introducing them to individual companies and groups of companies where some collaborative responses are required. This is where our mission activity is important, as is our maintaining relationships with overseas companies.
Everything does not work:
But we have successes:
Future work, some with NZTE and some to be independent, include:
How does this work? We are building and maintaining contacts at a higher level than companies can often achieve on their own. Through collaborative approaches to markets, we achieve scale and significance, and become ‘more interesting’. Follow up by individual companies is also critical.
When bringing potential customers and regulators to New Zealand, we can show them how and why we do things the way we do. By working collaboratively, we can make it worthwhile for them to come to New Zealand.
So, how does this benefit you?
Internationally, we're focusing on building relationships with some significant companies, especially in India, Indonesia, North America and the South Pacific. Some already do business with New Zealand and we are able to leverage off this to introduce new suppliers. Some success should mean more success.
Often, individual New Zealand companies cannot secure such high level access and they don’t know about other individual company successes. We can access these companies and help give you credibility.
Domestically, it can mean that companies become suppliers to those securing international success. The international successes of our replica aircraft and restoration sector, aircraft fit-out and servicing sectors, engineering and aviation components sector, airports and training sectors, flow throughout the economy.
We also see some examples of international companies placing work in New Zealand and companies such as ACMA, on the back of some domestic successes, investing in new plant and equipment and more seriously assessing further export prospects.
Questions to be answered. Which are ‘the best’ potential customers that we should focus on and build long term relationships with, so that we achieve ongoing success for more, higher valued aviation exporters? What are the best collaborative models when customers only want to deal with one company (an integrator)? How do we discourage New Zealand companies from competing against each other (invariably on price)? Can collaborative marketing and business development work? How can companies focus on a limited number of markets and not scatter gun? How do we build sustainable positions in a market before being tempted by another?
Clearly challenges, but implications for our future work with the new Operational Division, Training and Development Division and Logistics Division, as well as NZHA and NZAAA. Many of the solutions we’re looking for lie within the expertise of these groups.
How can you benefit from this work?
Next week, we’ll comment on work with the Government.
Congratulations to Rotorworks and Helisika Agricultural Ltd for their reaccreditation.
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