Now windy spring has arrived. I have recently completed an eleven day flying tour working around the forecast gale force wind. We successfully completed our tour and managed to enjoy our beautiful South Island within the confines of the weather conditions.
I have also found that the whirl wind of life catches up and to adjust with what the systems in place can offer you. I am now past the theory mode and I look forward to complete my helicopter PPL and get stuck into the summer season with fixed wing flying.
Who knows what El Niño will dish out to us fellow aviators this season, but make sure you enjoy yourself.
Either way, how you approach your aviation realm, I am sure it will put a smile on your face!
- How about signing up to the March 2016 Flying NZ safari?
- Grab your NZAWA membership booklet, contact fellow members to fill an aircraft on a day’s flying experience to a nearby airstrip - but make sure you remain within walking distance to a good coffee!
- Refresh your flying skills or gain a rating at your nearest flying school?
- Visit Wanaka and allow me to show you our mountainous back door?
On behalf of NZAWA as President, I attended the Aviation NZ Women's Leaders in Aviation Summit in Wellington 20-21 October.
NZAWA members; Liz Hogarth with Nelson Aviation College and Amy Dreverman attended on behalf of the Met Service NZ Ltd.
The reason for this Summit?
The New Zealand aviation industry is growing at 5.5% per year but
- Almost half the workforce is over 45 years old and less than 20% is under 29
- 67% of those employed in aviation are male and this hasn’t changed much in 10 years
- The industry is demanding a higher skilled workforce, and demand for labour is growing at 1.5% pa
- Almost 80% of the workforce is of European origin (71% in 2006)
There is demand across a number of sectors including engineering, avionics, air traffic control, flying and air transport professionals.
(Figures from ‘A profile of the Aviation Sector in New Zealand’ by ServiceIQ 2014)
Challenges faced by aviation:
- How do we attract the talent to support future growth?
- How do we get more young people involved?
- How do we make the industry more attractive to women?
- How do we grow diversity?
Women Leaders in Aviation Speakers Biography
Dr Deborah Hume (Former GM Passenger Operations at Kiwirail)
Dr Hume has led strategic risk-management consultancies that worked with public and private organisations and has most recently been responsible for Wellington’s Metro train operations (Tranz Metro) and New Zealand’s longdistance passenger train services (Scenic Journeys) for KiwiRail. She has a PhD in Biology from Queen’s University in Canada and is a member of the Institute of Directors and Global Women
Graeme Harris (Director of Civil Aviation Authority New Zealand)
The objective of the Authority is to undertake its safety, security and other functions in a way that contributes to the aim of achieving and integrated safe, responsive and sustainable transport system. Graeme is accountable to the Authority (board of governors) and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the CAA. He also exercises functions and powers under the Civil Aviation Act 1990, including controlling entry into the civil aviation system, and the monitoring of adherence to safety and security requirements.
Grant Lilly (Chair Tourism Industry Association, Director CAA, Service IQ and Queenstown Airport Corporation)
Grant has had an extensive career in top executive roles with large New Zealand corporates, including Air New Zealand and Qantas Airways. He now works as professional Director and has a varied portfolio of governance appointments, including Queenstown Airport Corporation, Service IQ, Civil Aviation Authority and Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa.
Jo Coughlan (Councillor at Wellington City Council and Chair Economic Growth & Arts Cttee)
Johanna (Jo) has some 20 years experience in senior public relations and communications roles including Press Secretary for the former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister the Rt Hon Don McKinnon. In 2008, with business partner Bridget Abernethy, Coughlan launched Silvereye Communications and has subsequently worked with a wide range of public and private sector clients across diverse industries.
Kevin Thompson (GM People: Operations & Flight Operations & Safety- Air NZ)
As part of the HR Leadership Team for Air New Zealand, Kevin heads the leadership, talent management, positive performance management, diversity and capability creation strategies for the airline’s Pilot, Cabin Crew, Flight Operations and Safety, Business Performance and Airline Operations functions. Prior to joining Air New Zealand in early 2012, Kevin was a specialist employment law practitioner engaged in a full range of employment and industrial issues encountered by large and progressive workplace environments in New Zealand – including for Air New Zealand.
Kimberley Turner (Chief Executive Officer at Aerosafe Risk Management)
Kimberley is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aerosafe Risk Management. As a certified practicing risk manager and strategic advisor in governance, Turner is heavily involved in promoting and advancing the discipline of risk management and has been dubbed a “risk management futurist” for her forward thinking, innovation, and original leading concepts in the field. She is regularly invited to be a keynote speaker at conferences around the globe, and has authored three publications in risk management.
Linda Bulk (Director of Aeronavics)
Linda started her own company in 2004 offering team building and personal development programs, optimising team efficiency and facilitating change. In 2008, Bulk and her business partner Rob were introduced to aerial robotic technology. They ran a photography/360 virtual environment business with this technology and were taken by the incredible potential. In 2010 Aeronavics (formerly known as Droidworx) was born. Bulk is the General Manager with a focus on marketing and sales.
Hon Louise Upston (Minister for Women & of Land Information)
In October 2014 Louise was appointed Minister of Land Information and Minister for Women. Prior to being appointed a Minister, Louise was Government Chief Whip for two years and was Junior Whip for one year. She has also served on the Parliamentary Service Commission and has been a member of the Government Administration, Education and Science, Local Government and Environment, and Maori Affairs select committees
Martin Matthews (Secretary for Transport and Chief Executive at Ministry of Transport)
Martin has held the position of Secretary for Transport and Chief Executive at Ministry of Transport since September 2008. The Ministry’s purpose is to ensure our transport system helps New Zealand thrive. Matthews has been responsible for leading the development of, and advising the government on transport policy matters, including road, rail, aviation and maritime. The Ministry also oversees the Government’s transport, regulatory and operational agencies.
Maureen Dougherty (President Boeing Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific)
Maureen is the senior company leader in the Oceania region and coordinates all Boeing activities, leads government relations and directs the implementation of Boeing’s strategy to expand its local presence and grow the business. Appointed in February 2014, Dougherty is based in Sydney, Australia.
Michelle Guthrie (Managing Director, Agencies, Google APAC & Board of Directors Auckland Intl Airport)
Michelle was appointed as a director of Auckland Airport in October 2013. She is a seasoned media executive with 13 years’ experience in Asia focused roles, and experience in the area of digital marketing, business development, business acquisitions, law and governance.
AVM Mike Yardley DSD (Chief of Air Force at Royal New Zealand Air Force)
Yardley enlisted in the RNZAF in 1981 as a General Duties Navigator. He was posted to No. 5 Squadron as a Navigator and after attending the RNZAF Command and Staff College he was appointed Commanding Officer No. 5 Squadron in 1999. He assumed the role of Chief of Air Force in May 2014.
Pauline Lamb (Chief Operating Officer at Airways New Zealand)
Pauline was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of Airways New Zealand in March 2013. She is accountable for ensuring safe, efficient and sustainable air traffic management services and associated infrastructure across New Zealand and 30 million sq km of the Pacific. Before joining Airways, she built a long and successful career at NATS in the UK, starting as a controller in 1983 and subsequently gaining extensive management experience in the Enroute, Terminal and Airport air traffic control environments.
Samantha Sharif (Chief Executive Officer at Aviation New Zealand)
Samantha was appointed as the CEO of Aviation New Zealand in February 2014. She has significant experience in leadership roles based in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, particularly in the aviation industry. She also has significant experience in governance roles including as a current Director of Wellington Regional Council Holdings and the NZ Institute of Safety Management.
Stephen Selwood (CEO at NZ Council for Infrastructure Development)
Stephen has held the position of Chief Executive in NZCID for the past 10 years. He is an expert on the infrastructure sector with a deep understanding of infrastructure governance, strategy, regulation, funding, delivery and management. He has undertaken extensive research of infrastructure policy implementation and delivery within New Zealand and overseas. Particular areas of expertise include, infrastructure industry advanced procurement, investment analysis, communications and stakeholder relationship management.
I found these speakers most informative and from some, the information gathered was alarming but invigorating. I have recorded the two day session and will place these subjects onto the www.NZAWA.org.nz website for your education. A written summary will accompany this. This should appear online by December.
In the meantime please listen to Sheryl Sandberg on YouTube: Why we have too few women leaders; click on https://youtu.be/18uDutylDa4
Then on behalf of NZAWA I attended the Aviation Federation meeting at the WN airport conference facility on 22 October. If you are unfamiliar with the AF - Aviation Federation then I summarise that NZAWA are members of a federation consisting of 12 accomplished aviation groups who are shareholders of ASL and a conglomerate who become one voice in general aviation affairs who often liaise with CAA. The meetings are held four times per year to inform and update the group and then in turn this information is relayed to the respected groups.
Once again an information update will be placed online at www.NZAWA.org.nz.
A summary discussed at this meeting was:
- Read part 139 – CAA Regarding the aerodrome policy
- Southern Skies process is slow but designed for airlines. A large expense that will hit end user pockets. GA is to remain aware of the procedures that are put in place and keep the airways aware of GA requirements.
- ACMLG – Aviation Community Medical Liaison Group. There are systems in place to cause invasive diagnosis. Intervention by principle medical officer. SMS status based on statistics to enforce unwanted tests.
- ASPEQ update.
- AF board member updates.
The next gathering of this aviation community will take place on 10 December and will include rubbing shoulders with our distinguished government representatives at parliament buildings.
My view on this intense and informative week is that our aviation community is small but individual. There are many factions to our close knit industry and we lack communication and networking. How do we keep the majority informed? But the catch is how many of us are really concerned with the current affairs?
There is an awareness that our youth need to be educated on what qualifies as an aviation professional. Career Advisors and Education Board must be made aware of the career opportunities that are available to our next generation within the aviation sector.
Your Executive held another Skype meeting 2 November 2015. Again any matters you would like us to discuss please contact the Secretary, Pam Adams.
I end this report with an adventure I recently had in a Cessna 210 turbine. Flying the Fiordland area at 4000ft was invigorating and cruising across the Olivine Ice Plateau and around the summit of Mt Aspiring at 170kts in a pressurised single seated aircraft was one immersed in a state of euphoria…. Thank you to the Paravicini family for allowing me the opportunity to fly along!