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The New Zealand Air Line Pilots' Association Newsletter. As of April 2020 Uplink ALPA is a 6-monthly publication.

Upcoming events

Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow

14-16 April 2017, Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, Blenheim, Marlborough

30,000 people gather for three days of action-packed aviation and ground theatre. The show has more than 100 aircraft participating, with mock airfield attacks supported by ground theatre and pyrotechnics. NZALPA will be hosting a trade stall and looks forward to engaging with aviation enthusiasts from across the country.

ALAANZ Conference

3-5 May, Hilton Hotel, Auckland

NZALPA legal counsel Richard McCabe will be attending the 36th Annual Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (ALAANZ) Conference next month. The organising committee has developed a diverse programme intended to advance the primary objectives of the Association, including the promotion of knowledge of aviation law and the exchange of ideas about aviation. ALAANZ has secured a mix of international and NZ speakers, including representatives from the CAA (including the Director) who will discuss regulatory issues.

IFALPA Conference

5-8 May 2017, Montreal, Canada

NZALPA representatives will join aviation delegates from around the world at the 72nd International Federation of Air Line Pilots Associations (IFALPA) Conference. High on the agenda will be discussions around safety, risk, services and support in the aviation industry. As well as debate on topics such as Open Skies, the conference allows the opportunity for key people from aviation industry to talk about international aviation issues and their standpoint. Before the official conference begins, NZALPA will attend the Association of Star Alliance Pilots meeting on 2-3 May and the Global Pilots’ Symposium on 4 May. NZALPA President Tim Robinson has been invited to represent New Zealand and present on the panel at the Global Pilots’ Symposium and will cover atypical employment models and the challenges facing collective employment rights.

IFALPA Professional and Government Affairs (PGA) committee meeting

13-14 June 2017, Crowne Plaza, Auckland

NZALPA will host the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Association’s (IFALPA) Professional and Government Affairs (PGA) committee meeting on June 13 and 14. The PGA committee agenda covers a wide range of issues including IFALPA/ICAO Air Service agreement development; CEA/IEA negotiations within IFALPA member associations; pilot-employment models and IFALPA best practice; Government and Regulator lobbying, Trans-national airlines and industry globalisation.

Many of IFALPA’s senior experts in these topics will be present in Auckland. NZALPA will likely have two or three of its own delegates at the meeting and host a delegate dinner on the evening of June 13.

NZALPA Annual Conference

20-22 June 2017, Sudima Hotel, Christchurch Airport

Keep up to date with the latest industry developments and challenges, and stay informed of the plans and progress your union representatives have made at NZALPA’s biggest event of the year. The three-day conference will include presentations, panel discussions and plenary and sub-committee sessions around the theme of Liberalisation of airspace: opportunities and challenges.

The conference is also a time to thank newly retired members for their contribution to NZALPA, as well as recognise and honour individual outstanding contributions to aviation with the presentation of the prestigious Jim Collins Memorial Award and the Greg Vujcich Memorial Award. This year also sees the inaugural presentation of the Stewart Cameron Memorial Award, recognising the value and contribution of Peer Assistance Network volunteers. It’s a great opportunity to meet or catch-up with fellow pilots and air traffic controllers, discuss the important issues and have your say. A cocktail event is held on the evening of the first day, with invited guests including MPs and industry stakeholders, while there is a conference dinner on day two. NZALPA invites members from throughout New Zealand to come together for the Christchurch-hosted conference – the peak decision-making event of the year.

More information on discussion points and themes will be published in upcoming editions of Uplink and online.

IFATCA Conference

19-21 October 2017, Amora Hotel, Wellington

NZALPA is proud to host this year’s Asia-Pacific IFATCA conference, which will bring together more than 100 air traffic controllers (ATCs) to discuss important issues that affect air safety and efficiency.

IFATCA represents more than 50,000 professional ATCs from more than 100 countries. The increase in air traffic in the Asia Pacific region is forecast to be significantly higher than any other region in the world over the next 10 years, and the industry needs to establish ways to cope together. The conference will include representatives from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), who will discuss wider international issues affecting the industry and profession.

Key speakers and discussion topics to be announced in the coming months in Uplink and online.


Interest-based bargaining courses

  • 2-4 May 2017
  • 31 May-1 June 2017
  • 1-3 August 2017
  • 17-19 October 2017

The interest-based bargaining, also known as principled negotiation, course has been designed by former General Aviation Advocate Katie Rowsell and Adam Nicholson, who attended the Harvard Programme on Negotiation in 2016. Participants will be taught how to get the most out of negotiations and create better outcomes.

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