Officers of the Union

Hugh Farris 

Technical Director

In addition to implementing all technical policies of the Union, the Technical Director is responsible for working with the President in all technical matters, including assisting members with any incidents, accidents or other safety related issues that may occur while carrying out their flying duties. This work also extends to assisting other IFALPA affiliated members during their operation into or out of New Zealand.

In addition, the Technical Director's role includes overseeing all the safety work undertaken by NZALPA. This ensures the New Zealand regulatory authorities and participants in the New Zealand aviation system are kept up to date with the latest international trends related to improvement of aviation safety through systems, procedures, training programs, and compliance with ICAO standards and recommended practices


About Hugh Faris

I have been a member of NZALPA for nearly 30 years having joined when I was employed by Air New Zealand as a First Officer on the Fokker F27.

During that time I have been very fortunate to fly every aircraft type operated by Air New Zealand over that time except for the B747-200.

I am currently a Check Captain on the B787 Dreamliner.

I first became involved in ALPA affairs around 2002 when I joined the Air NZ Pilots Council. Shortly after I became the Northern Branch Chairman, a position I held for a couple of years. Subsequent to this I took up a P.O’s role as Technical Director under the Presidency of Paul Lyons, and furthered my knowledge and understanding of the vital role NZALPA plays in the greater global aviation especially through our association with IFALPA.

I am a trained IFALPA Aerodrome Liaison Rep and Accredited Accident Investigator, having worked with both TAIC here in NZ and the French BEA in Paris on accident investigations.

I am passionate about improving Flight Safety and look forward to working with the various agencies within the global aviation system here in NZ and abroad to see IFALPA policy enshrined in local legislation in keeping with ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices.

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