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The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) today applauded the government’s decision to conduct a review of the country’s air navigation services. 

Training Industry on Verge of Collapse due COVID & Ministerial Refusal to Intervene

17 November 2020

The announcement of the closure of one of the world’s leading pilot training institutions, despite the establishment of its own border quarantine facilities, is a critical blow to the country’s multi-million aviation training industry, says the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA). 

Over 120 staff, including 70 world-class training instructors, will lose their jobs and livelihoods with the closure of Waikato-based L3 Airline Academy, a purpose-built training academy based at Hamilton Airport that provides cadet airline training and accommodation for more than 200 trainee pilots. 

Business Hub: Air New Zealand Dreamliner captain and union leader Andrew Ridling

16 October 2020

Grant Bradley, writer for the New Zealand Herald, interviews NZALPA President Andrew Ridling for Business Hub. Andrew talks about the affect COVID-19 has had on Pilots.

IFALPA Calls for Immediate Release of Russian Air Traffic Controllers

October 08, 2020

MONTREAL - The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) was extremely disappointed to learn about the final verdict passed by a Court of the Russian Federation where three Air Traffic Controllers were sentenced to 5, 5 ½ and 6 years imprisonment in the aftermath of the take-off accident of a Unijet Falcon 50 at Moscow-Vnukovo airport on 20 October 2014.

NZALPA Welcomes Updated Health Ministry Rules At The New Zealand Border

02 October 2020

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) has welcomed the confirmed re-entry policies and procedures for returning pilots and aircrew at the New Zealand border, announced by the Minister of Health today. 

Pilots Welcome Reinstatement Of The 'Middle Seat' On Domestic Flights; Continued Use Of Masks

14 September 2020

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) has welcomed the Government announcement this afternoon to ease social distancing restrictions on transport and reinstate the middle seat on domestic airline flights. 

From Boeing To Baling: Pilots Fly To The Rescue Of Heavy Agriculture Industry For Upcoming Harvest

27 August 2020

New Zealand pilots waiting for international aviation to restart will be able to use their aviation transport skills to help meet the urgent need for heavy agriculture machinery operators throughout the country.

NZALPA Pilots Continue To Adhere To Health Ministry Rules At The New Zealand Border

19 August 2020

The New Zealand Air Line Pilot’s Association’s (NZALPA) members continue to abide by all departure and re-entry policies and procedures at the New Zealand border, set forward by the Ministry of Health, the association said today.  

NZALPA Frustrated At Misinformation On International COVID-19 Restrictions

16 August 2020

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) is frustrated about misinformation regarding international flight crew protocols and the conditions for pilots while operating offshore, including the number of freight services that continue to make sure New Zealand’s import and export industries are sustained. 

NZ Pilots And Crews’ Rigorous Conditions To Keep Our Borders Safe

26 June 2020

New Zealand’s pilots and crew are enduring rigorous conditions offshore to help keep New Zealand’s borders safe and are discussing the impact of the increased restrictions with the Ministry of Health, New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) President, Captain Andrew Ridling, said today.