Themes of past Symposia have been;
- 2017 WATCHING OUT FOR YOU - surveillance, security, ATC and Safety: the 32nd annual symposium; 8 September, James Cook Hotel Wellington.
- 2016 FRENCH AEROSPACE FOR NEW ZEALAND -Now and in the Future: the 31st annual symposium; 16 September, Amora Wellington, 170 Wakefield St, Wellington.
- 2015 SHARED SKIES - Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems in the New Zealand Aviation System, the 30th annual symposium; 16 January, Copthorne Solway Park, Masterton, Wairarapa.
- 2014 Flying in Formation - Industry and Government working together; the 29th annual symposium, 11 April; Asteron Centre, Wellington
- 2013 64th AGM 14 June; James Cook Grand Chancellor Hotel, Wellington
- 2012 63rd AGM 18 July; CAA Meeting Room, Asteron Centre, Wellington
- 2011 From the Compass to the Flight Path; James Cook Hotel, Wellington
- 2010 Joined with the Aviation Industry Association (AIA) 60th Anniversary - 26-30 July, Palmerston North
- 2009 Sustainable Travel & Tourism in an Uncertain World
- 2008 Two Events: The first covered the topic of "Alertness & Errors in Safety-Critical Industries: Managing the Effects of Fatigue". The second, covered "Sustainable Aviation"
- 2007 2017: New Zealand's Position in the Global Aerospace Industry (23March07 - Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre, Auckland)
- 2006 The Future of Aviation Technology & the International Aviation Industry (5-8Apr06; Christchurch Town Hall Convention Centre, Christchurch); held as a joint event between the RAeS NZ Division and the AIAA- IMAPP Group of the USA. (46 lectures as well as panel discussions and technology demonstrations)
- 2005 Challenges Facing NZ Aviation Enterprises - [Building Aviation Enterprises Through New Technology] (8Apr05 Rydges Hotel, Christchurch)
- 2004 New Zealand Aviation - the Challenge Ahead (can New Zealand survive in International Aviation, both Civil and Military?) (16Apr04; James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, Wellington)
- 2003 New Zealand Aviation - the First 100 Years (11Apr03 James Cook, Wellington)
- 2002 Aviation: The Next 25 Years (Civil, military, general; aircraft, engines & training)
- 2001 Evolution Towards Free Flight; Implementing The ICAO CNS/ATM Concept
- 2000 Symposium not held this year
- 1999 50th Anniversary symposium – Looking Back, Looking Forward. [50th Anniversary of RAeSoc NZ Division formation]
- 1998 Aviation in New Zealand in the 21st Century – the inevitability of interdependence
- 1997 Training Aviation Professionals
- 1996 Flight Operations Safety- Block To Block
- 1995 Aircraft Maintenance For Reliability And Efficiency
- 1994 Aviation and The Environment
- 1993 Airport Developments In The Pacific Basin
- 1992 Human Factors In Aviation
- 1991 Air Transport In The Pacific Basin: Projections For The Year 2010.
- 1990 New Zealand Aviation, Past, Present and Future
Proceedings of the symposia are normally produced on CD, and copies of some are available. Contact us for copies of previous symposia proceedings.
Page Updated 14 August 2016
Royal Aeronautical Society
New Zealand Division
30th Annual Symposium
was held Friday 16th January 2015
"SHARED SKIES - Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems in the New Zealand Aviation System"
Venue: Copthorne Hotel, Masterton
See "Next Symposium" in the navigation to the left for future details
Since 1983, the New Zealand Division of the Royal Aeronautical Society has run an annual symposium in conjunction with the Division's Annual General Meeting. The Symposium are usually a one or two day event framed around topical aviation industry themes and include the Aeronautical Society AGM and Dinner for members and their guests. Aviation awards provided by the New Zealand Aeronautical Trusts on an annual basis are presented at the dinner to outstanding contributors to New Zealand Aviation.
The next symposium is planned for the latter part of 2013, details will be posted here once the date and subject matter is confirmed.
The subject matter covered by previous symposia has been wide ranging with papers having been presented by senior executive and specialists from within the industry, regulatory authorities, the military, and the academic world as well as respected people from the community, government, and business.
2014 29th ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
"Flying In Formation" - Industry and Government Working Together
April 2014 - CAANZ, Asteron Centre
2011 28th ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
"From the Compass to the Flight Path"
October 2011 - James Cook Hotel?
With 2011 being the 100 year Anniversary of the Walsh Brothers first flight the Society has invited
a number of leaders and prominent individuals from within New Zealand aviation to give their
perspective and vision for the future as aviation soars into the next century of flight.
This year's symposium provides an opportunity to meet with the leading executives from the
MoT, NZCAA, RNZAF, MED, AIA, Air New Zealand, NZ Airports and Airways NZ. As a number
of these key industry sector executives have only recently been appointed, they bring with them
fresh perspectives. The symposium will provide the opportunity for those with an interest in the
aviation industry to learn how these executives see the way ahead.
2009 26th ANNUAL SYMPOSIA:
Friday 13th March 2009: "Sustainable Travel & Tourism in an Uncertain World"
Click here for Program > Sustainable Travel & Tourism in an Uncertain World
Three of the presentations are available as pdfs:
1. "Drivers of Tourist Choices" - Susanne Becken, Lincoln University - Click Here
2. "Planning for Infrastructure" - Elizabeth Valentine, Chief Executive, ADIT - Click Here
3. "Tourism Energy Efficiency Programme (Deep)" - Sarah Berry, CIA Project Manager, Tourism Industry Association NZ - Click Here
2008 ANNUAL SYMPOSIA:
There were two Symposia held in 2008, the first in Auckland, the second in Wellington. Attached to this page are the programs for both and a selection of the presentations.
Wednesday 19 MARCH 2008:
"Alertness & Errors in Safety-Critical Industries: Managing the Effects of Fatigue"
Friday 28 MARCH 2008: "Sustainable Aviation"
Venue: James Cook Hotel
Click here for details > Sustainable Aviation
The Seven presentations available as pdfs are:
1. 'What is the effect?' - Danielle Boven, New Zealand Institute - March 2008 - Click here
2. 'Tourist Air Travel and Climate Change' - Susanne Becken & Ross Clapcott, Lincoln University and Ministry of Tourism - March 2008 - Click here ?
3. 'Sustainable Aviation' - Mario Formica, Vice President Marketing for ATR - 28 March 2008 - Click here ?
4. 'Technology Solutions for the Future of Aviation' - Max York, Regional General Manager - GE Aviation - Click here
5. 'Sustainable Biofuels For Aviation' - Darrin Morgan, Boeing - Click here
6. 'Powering a Better World: Rolls-Royce and the Environment' - Tony Davis, CEO Rolls-Royce Australasia - Click here
7. 'Can it be Solved by International Agreements and Government Regulation?' - John Measlier, Principal Adviser, Air Services - March 08 - Click here
Copy of Previous Symposium brochure (2006)
2006 ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
Joint RAeS/AIAA-IMAPP SYMPOSIUM
Wed-Sat 5-8 April 20061st Floor, Christchurch Town Hall Conference Centre,Kilmore Street, Christchurch,New ZealandTHEME: THE FUTURE OF AVIATION TECHNOLOGY & THE INTERNATIONAL AVIATION INDUSTRY.
IMAPP/RAeS Symposium 2006
The RAeS NZ Division for its 2006 Symposium is joining with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) to present a joint International Meeting On Applied Product Support Processes (IMAPP) in Christchurch 5-8 April 2006. The conference will be held at the Christchurch Town Hall, First Floor Convention Rooms and will feature key speakers from the international aviation industry and prominent industry leaders in New Zealand. Details of the subject matter of the Symposium are printed overleaf.
This Symposium will be the most comprehensive event we have seen in New Zealand for many years. It will set out the issues that need to be addressed to ensure the aviation industry in this country is prepared to meet the changes that new technologies will bring. This conference is a must for management, pilots and engineers engaged in all sectors of the aviation industry, and has items of interest to aviating enthusiasts of all persuasions.
While some speakers are still to be confirmed, you can expect the likes of: Dr Franchise Maurer, Airbus Industries Asia-Pacific General Manager; Gerald Topknot, Chief Flight Tests Director, Airbus Industries, Germany; Dr Damien Hurricane, ANISES; Michael Weber, Boeing Programme Manager, Regulatory Oversight, CAYS; Gens Stroma, Senior Manager Test Technologies, Airbus Industries, Germany; Lisa Goller, Boeing C-17 Group, USA; John Jones, CAA Director; Richard Leaper, Air NZ; Mark Thomas, Right Hemisphere; Mahender Redd, Boeing; Cry Peters, Boos Allen Hamilton, USA; Stephens Helminths, SETSCREWS, USA; David Lode, Advanced Systems Group, USA; Keith Cruse, Vodkas-Mod Group, USA; Dr Benjamin Ko, MIT, USA; William Azole, Lockheed-Martin, USA; Michael Weasel, FT Engineering, Germany; Gary Harrisburg, Boeing; Arthur Meadows, Boeing (Retd); RNZAF speakers.
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the NZ Division of the Society will be held at 1730 following the conclusion of day two of the Symposium (Thursday 6 April 2006). All members of the Division are invited to attend.
Cocktail Party And Dinner
The combined Society/IMAPP Cocktail Party and Dinner will be held at the Christchurch Town Hall, First Floor Convention Rooms Friday 7 April with cocktails from 1900 and dinner at 1945. Royal Aeronautical Society Divisional Awards, New Zealand Aeronautical Trusts Awards, and AAA Awards will be presented during the evening.
Participants may register for the whole Symposium Programme or may select attendance at any one or more of the Symposium days and/or the Cocktail Party and Dinner.
Registrations were to close on 29 March 2006, however, we are still accepting late registrations, please fax your completed registration form to 04 385-9504 as soon as possible.
Registration is open to members of the Royal Aeronautical Society NZ Division, Branch Members of the New Zealand Division, Participants in the Aviation Industry, Students, AIAA members and to the General Public.
A limited number of rooms for delegates has been arranged at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (adjacent to the Town Hall Symposium venue) at competitive rates. Room prices are:- Standard Bureau Room (1 x Queen Bed) $170.00 + gst per night- Double Double Room ( 2 x Double Beds) $170.00 + gst per night
- Executive rooms and suites may also be available at concession rates upon request.
You are requested to contact the hotel directly yourself at either of the two numbers below: quote booking reference #7111 to receive the delegate concession rates. For other Crowne Plaza information or other reservation matters contact Kate at (03) 371 0714
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Kilmore & Durham Streets
Phone: 0800 154 181 or +64 3 365 7799
Other nearby hotel options are:
Copthore Hotel Durham Street
Cnr Durham and Skilmore Streets, Christchurch
Phone: 0800 808 228
Special 2006 Symposium accommodation room rate of $145 + gst per night
Captor Hotel Christchurch Central, 776 Colombo Street,
Phone: 03 379 5880
Special 2006 Symposium accommodation room rate of $145 + gst per night
All accommodation reservations and payments are delegates own responsibility.
Airline TravelDiscount domestic air travel is no longer available through the Society, but we suggest you purchase a normal discount ticket privately. Try an Air New Zealand Express Fare phone 0800 737000 or www.airnewzealand.co.nz IMAPP and Rsg visitors/delegates from outside New Zealand should refer to the www.amp.info site for all Symposium information and registration. For travel to Christchurch, New Zealand from the US, check www.airnewzealand.co.us or the US Contact Centre at fervent 1-800-262-1234. For travel from Europe to Christchurch, check www.airnewzealand.co.uk or the UK Contact Centre at fervent 0800 028 4149. For travel from Asia, check www.airnewzealand.co.nz .Please complete the form, and mail, complete with payment, to:
The Divisional Treasurer.
Royal Aeronautical Society (NZ) Inc.
PO Box 3813.
Or Fax including credit card details to the Divisional
Treasurer, Fax Number 04 385 9504
A receipt will be sent to you by return mail.
A limited number of late registrations may be able to be made on the day of the Symposium for those Society Members unable to meet the 29 March 2006 registration date. However, owing to the greater size of this event and strong interest in attendance, registrations will be sold on a first-come first-served basis and availability cannot be guaranteed.
Click on this RAeS/IMAPP 2006 Symposium link to see the preliminary programme, please note that the final programme has not been confirmed let, as it will probably include an additional third track. Watch this webpage for further information.
Copy of Previous Symposium brochure (2004)
21st ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
New Zealand Aviation The Challenge Ahead
[Can New Zealand survive in International Aviation,
both Civil and Military?]
Friday, 16 April 2004
James Cook HOTEL GRAND CHANCELLOR
Global Environment For Aviation
2004 To 2014
The first presentation will put forward a view of the likely environment in which aviation will have to develop and operate over the next ten years. The material will cover such matters as political, strategic, economic, safety, and social issues likely to influence the development of civil and military aviation in the future.
Civil Aviation 2004/14
This section of the programme will discuss the policy under which civil aviation will develop on the next ten years. The presentations will include such matters as the foreign ownership of New Zealand airlines, the "Single Aviation Market" in Australasia, and the equity position New Zealand governments will hold in New Zealand airlines in the future. The Bi Lateral/Multi Lateral relationship development in the years ahead will also be reviewed.
Markets for air travel can be considered in several segments, namely the long haul international market, regional international, and local domestic markets. The role of the Value Based Airlines and their impact on the Full Service carrier will be discussed in each of these markets. A manufacturers view of the evolution of the airline markets will be presented, in particular focusing on the likely importance of the "hub to hub" and "point to point" operations and the impact these network configurations will have on the size and shape of the airline fleets in the future.
Military Aviation 2004/14In these times of changing military threats and the development of terrorism in the Middle East and in South east Asia in particular, the need to consider defence policy should be high on the agenda. The overall strategy for the development of the defence forces of New Zealand, their relationship with those of our traditional allies, and our ability to fund the defence forces going forward will be reviewed.The impact of the policy on the Army, Navy, and the RNZAF and the respective roles each service will be discussed. The implications for the Air Force in particular will be reviewed as it effects the equipment operated, training requirements, and the size of the force. Will provision be made to retain/regain the skills recently lost with the disbanding of the A4 strike capability .What Do We Think?The final session will discuss the information provided in the papers presented at the Symposium and attempt to answer the question "Can New Zealand survive in International Aviation both Civil and Military"? The views of the audience will be canvassed to determine the Symposiums view on the future direction of aviation development in New Zealand. Do we agree with the direction suggested by the speakers here today or should there be changes to both civil and military aviation policy that will benefit the country?
Annual General MeetingThe Annual General Meeting of the NZ Division of the Society will be held at 1700 following the conclusion of the Symposium. All members of the Division are invited to attend.Cocktail Party And DinnerThe Society Cocktail Party and Dinner will be held at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor with cocktails from 1900 and dinner at 1945. Royal Aeronautical Society Divisional and New Zealand Aeronautical Trusts Awards will be presented during the dinner.RegistrationsRegistrations are now invited and should be submitted on the registration form included with this brochure by 8 April 2004, together with the appropriate remittance, to:
The Divisional Treasurer
Royal Aeronautical Society (NZ) Inc.
7 Regent Drive
A limited number of late registrations can be made on the day of the Symposium for those Society Members who are unable to meet the April 8 date.
Registration is open to members of the Society, Friends of the Branches of the New Zealand Division, Participants in the Aviation Industry, Students, and to the General Public.
A limited amount of accommodation has been reserved at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor at a rate of $115+GST for those people attending the Symposium. Telephone 04 495 0279 for booking.
Discount air travel is no longer available through the Society, but we suggest you purchase a normal discount ticket privately. Try an Air New Zealand Express Fare phone 0800 737000.
Please complete (or download and print) this form on the reverse, detach and mail, complete with payment, to:
The Divisional Treasurer
Royal Aeronautical Society (NZ) Inc.
7 Regent Drive
A receipt will be sent to you by return mail.
0900 Opening of the Symposium
0905 Challenges and Opportunities 2004/14
Speaker; Dr Lance Beath, Senior Fellow, Victoria University Centre of Strategic Studies.
0940 Civil Aviation Environment 2004/14
Speaker; Ralph Norris, MD Air New Zealand.
1015 Morning Tea
1030 NZ Civil Aviation Policy 2004/14
Speaker; John Bradbury, Deputy
Secretary of Transport M.O.T.
Market Developments 2004/14
1100 Speaker; Boeing Company TBA
1145 Speaker; Ray Webster, MD easyJet
1330 Defence Policy 2004/14
Speaker; Graham Fortune, Secretary of Defence.
1400 The Role of The Military
Speaker; AVM TBA Deputy Chief of Defence Force.
1445 Implications for the RNZAF
Speaker; AVM John Hamilton, Chief of
1530 Afternoon Tea
1545 What Do We Think
Facilitator; Michael Murray.
1700 Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Division
1900 Cocktails1945 Society Dinner and presentation of NZ Aeronautical Trusts Awards
Copy of Previous Symposium brochure (2003)
20th ANNUAL Symposiums Zealand Aviation First 100 Years(From Pearce to the Present)Friday, 11 April james Cook HOTEL GRAND CHANCELLOR Wellington
In 2003 we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first controlled powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in the USA. The Society has as a consequence decided an appropriate theme for the 2003 Symposium is a review of the progress New Zealand aviation has made over the subsequent 100 years. The subject matter will be examined in five industry segments representing major areas of development during the 20th century. An overview of these achievements will be offered.
The Early Years From richards Pearse's achievements in the early years of the 20th century were the equal of his contemporaries in Australia, the USA, and Europe. The presentation will review the work of all the early pioneers, and especially the aircraft Pearse flew at about the same time as the Wrights first powered flights. The Wright Brothers development and demonstration of a practical aircraft will be discussed. The early development of aviation in New Zealand leading to the establishment of civil and military flying in this country will be included in the presentation.
The Creation Of The RNZAF Military aviation in New Zealand has its roots in the earliest flying activities undertaken in New Zealand. The Walsh Brothers Flying School at Kohimarama was the site of the first military pilot training programme in the country. The pilots were destined for the RFC in the UK in support of the war effort at that time. From these modest beginnings, the foundations were laid for the eventual establishment of the RNZAF as we know it today. During the intervening years the service distinguished itself in war and peace and earned an enviable reputation for professional and effective operations. These aspects will be explored in the presentation
The Regulator-Air Dept To Canst establishment of an infrastructure that could promote a safe as well as a sound economic base on which civil aviation could grow was a task only government could undertake. A Department of Civil Aviation was established. The Director of Civil Aviation administered the Regulations, managed Airports, the Air Traffic Control System, and the Rescue Fire Service. The MOT managed the air rights associated with the Bilateral Agreements negotiated between Contracting States on behalf of the Government. The paper will look at the contribution the "Regulator" has made to the growth and safe management of aviation over the years.Civil Aviation The growth and development of Civil Aviation in both the National and International arenas will be discussed. We will look at the establishment of the early operators in the 1930's, the niche players of the industry, and the establishment of NAC. Pioneering of air routes to/from this country, the establishment of TEAL/Air New Zealand, and the contribution of foreign operators to the development of New Zealand's international aviation aspirations will be reviewed. Agricultural Aviation National Economy owes much to the Agricultural Aviation Industry. Aerial Topdressing from its beginnings in the late 1940's to its peak in the 1970's owes much to a few pioneers with the energy to turn the vision into reality. The industry has matured and is an integral part of the farming infrastructure of this country. The Symposium will look at the operators, aircraft and some of the people who made this all happen.
Annual General Meeting: The Annual General Meeting of the NZ Division of the Society will be held at 1700 following the conclusion of the Symposium. All members of the Division are invited to attend.
Cocktail Party And Dinner: The Society Cocktail Party and Dinner will be held at the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor with cocktails from 1900 and dinner at 1945. New Zealand Aeronautical Trusts Awards will be presented during the dinner.
Registrations: Registrations are now invited and should be submitted on the registration form included with this brochure, or off this website, by 5 April 2002, together with the appropriate remittance, to:The Divisional Treasurer Royal Aeronautical Society (NZ) Inc.7 Regent Drive Prepartum New Zealand
0800-0845 Registration: 0900 Opening of the SymposiumSpeaker: Hon. Harry Duynhoven, Associate Minister of Transport0920 The Early Years From 1903 Speaker. Hugh McCarroll, MRAeS, CEO Waikato Regional Airport Ltd1030 Morning Tea 1045 The Creation Of The RNZAFSpeaker: Air Commodore Gardiner, DCAS RNZAF1145 The Regulator- From Air Department To CANSSpeaker: Max Stevens, FRAeS, Deputy Director of Civil Aviation, CANS.
1330 Civil Aviation - The National Scene Speaker: Rev Richard Waugh BA, Lt, Sth, MBA, Aviation Historian1430 Civil Aviation - The International Scene Speaker: Ian Diamond, FRAeS, General Manager Engineering, AirNZ [Retired]1530 Afternoon Tea 1545 Agricultural Aviation - Powering The National EconomySpeaker; Ossie James, OBE, FRAeS, Founder/MD, James Aviation, [Retired]1630 Summary - 100 Years Of Achievement In AviationSpeaker: Norm Taylor, FRAeS, President, Royal Aeronautical Society [NZ Division] Inc.1640 Close 1700 Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Division 1900 Cocktails1945 Society Dinner and presentation of NZ Aeronautical Trusts Awards
Copy of Previous Symposium brochure (2002)
Copy of Previous Symposium brochure (2002)
Aviation: The Next 25 YearsCivil, Military, General; Aircraft, Engines, TrainingFriday 12 April 2002 Massey University Albany Campus, Auckland New Zealand In 2003 we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first controlled powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in the USA. Since that time there have been advances in the art and science of aviation that could not have been dreamed of by those pioneers in the early part of the 20th century. We however are not to be deterred by the difficulties of trying to forecast the future and intend to explore developments in aviation that are likely to touch the everyday lives of New Zealanders in the first 25 years of the 21st century. It is intended to consider developments in civil aviation at two levels, commercial aviation and general aviation, plus look at military aviation in both the pilot training and transport aircraft development areas.CIVIL TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT There are two major civil airliner projects now under development that will no doubt have a major impact on the airline business and its customers in the early part of the 21st century. These aircraft are being developed against two differing views of the market for air travel in the next 25 years. One view assumes that the major development will be the movement of an ever growing numbers of passengers travelling between the major hubs on the international air routes, while the other assumes the major development will be point to point routes that avoid the congestion of the established hubs of the international system. Each proposition requires a different solution and as a result quite different approaches to the design of aircraft to meet the demands of the assumed mission.We are indeed privileged to have speakers from Airbus Industries, The Boeing Company, Rolls Royce and General Electric, to present papers on the 550 passenger Airbus A380, the 250 passenger Boeing Sonic Cruiser, and the engines to power these major developments in aircraft design.
MILITARY AVIATION The most significant development in the region relating to the training of military pilots is the integration of the Hawk into the RAAF pilot training programme as the "lead in fighter". Pilots being trained to fly RAAF FA18 or F 111 aircraft will progress through the Hawk on their way to receiving their rating on the supersonic aircraft. A speaker from the RAAF will deliver a paper on the role of the "lead in fighter" in the RAAF pilot training programme.
Developments in military transport aircraft are few and far between these days and largely rely on derivatives of successful civil transport aircraft. This is demonstrated in the area of the air to air refuelling application, where successful civil transports have been developed into very effective refuelling platforms, able to extend the range and endurance of the fighting aircraft they support. EADS will present a paper on the development of the A310, A330, and A340, detailing how these aircraft and the proposed A400M might be modified and used in the tanker role.
GENERAL AVIATION Since the early 1950's the Fletcher aircraft has been a big player in the agricultural aviation scene in New Zealand. It has appeared in several forms powered by both piston and turbine engines at various times. In later years this durable type has been developed into the Cresco derivative in the top dressing role. Pacific Aerospace has taken the bold step of redesigning the Cresco into a new derivative, the PICKAX Utility,