The Division has been active, particularly during the last decade, in making submissions to Government on matters of importance for the aviation community and which the government of the day was contemplating, or legislating for change.
One of the most far-reaching of these was made to the Parliamentary Select Committee which heard submissions on the Government’s White Paper on Defence.
The Division’s submission entitled Defence Beyond 2000 and submitted in October 1997 was well received by the Select Committee but the final outcome of the new Government’s consideration of the future shape of New Zealand’s Defence Forces did not embody much of the philosophy outlined in the Division’s paper.
In essence the Division supported the maintenance of the three-service organisation currently in force as giving the government of the day the widest range of choices when responding to any given situation. It also advocated the main emphasis should be on achieving the highest possible educational standards on entry to all three services, particularly in the officer group of each of the services and the highest possible level of training for uniformed members as they progressed through their careers. This would allow for the introduction of more sophisticated equipment to be achieved with little delay should it ever become necessary.
The paper also made the important point that a well-informed electorate was a prime requirement for sensible decisions to be made as far as defence policy was concerned.
The Division still believes that this aspect is still a negative factor in the determination of defence policy. A copy of the Division’s submission is attached to this web page.
Single-engine IFR Operations was the subject of a submission to the Civil Aviation Authority in 1998. The subject gained in prominence after some incidents/accidents to single-engine aircraft engaged in air transport operations which resulted in fatalities. The Division suggested certain changes to the procedures governing such operations.
Flight Safety Targets for New Zealand. The Civil Aviation Authority invited comments from the Division on proposed flight safety targets, expressed as accidents per 100,000 flight hours. The Division in its submission of May 2000 was able to draw on the expertise of some of its senior members to provide a commentary on both the methodology and the statistical basis on which targets could be formulated.
Civil Aviation Amendment Bill No.1. The Division was invited to make a submission to the Parliamentary Select Committee charged with considering the above Bill. The Division’s submission submitted in May 2001 made a number of suggestions which the Division believed would improve the Bill. One of the major recommendations concerned the inclusion of economic regulation in what was essentially a framework for the regulation of the industry from a viewpoint of safety.
It was the Division’s view that there should be two acts – one dealing with responsibilities for the regulation of safety of air transport operations and the other dealing with economic regulation of such operations.
In the more distant past the Division also made submissions on the proposed structure proposed for the Civil Aviation Authority and on the revised scale of charges put forward by the Authority after its formation.
Submissions to the Royal Aeronautical Society in London
The Society is a growing professional institution which will not reach its 150 years of existence until 2016. The first Divisions (in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) were not formed until 1949. It is thus not surprising that the New Zealand Division has been involved in regular submissions to the parent body, most of which have been concerned with the degree of independence, both operationally and financially that the Division should have so that it may contribute effectively to the international development of the Society.
The Division was actively involved with the recognition of the Bachelor of Aviation degree which the School of Aviation, Massey University offers in the Flight Crew specialisation. The examined the syllabus of the course and concluded that the degree should be accepted as an entry point to membership of the Society at the Graduate level. The Division approached the Society with a recommendation that the degree be approved at this level and after a detailed review by a team from the Division approval was given for the recognition sought. This was the first occasion which we are aware of for a university degree recognising flight crew tertiary training to be accepted by the Society.
Another submission made in 2002 was to the First Flight Foundation in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, USA recommending the induction of Richard Pearse as a suitable person to be inducted into the Paul E Gerber First Flight Shrine Hall of Fame. The Submission was not successful in 2002, but will be reconsidered in 2004.