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NZALPA DELIGHTED AT COURT OF APPEAL RULING ON WIAL RUNWAY EXTENSION

Statement from the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association

 

NZALPA President comments on the upcoming release of convicted hijacker Asha Abdille

NZALPA President Tim Robinson has commented on the upcoming release of convicted hijacker Asha Abdille.

NZALPA leading change in air line pilot depression rates

Although findings from an international study that found 12.6 per cent of pilots met the criteria for depression, in line with other high-stress jobs around the world, this issue must be talked about and dealt with, the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) said today.

Prison sentence for laser pointer applauded by NZ Air Line Pilots Association

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) today applauded the prison sentence handed down to a Christchurch man who endangered passenger aircraft with a high-powered laser pointer.

Court of Appeal hears pilots' safety fears for WIAL runway extension

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) today outlined its concerns to the Court of Appeal on the High Court’s decision to turn down a review of the 90-metre safety area for an extended Wellington Airport runway. 

NZALPA, who was represented at the Court of Appeal by Hugh Rennie QC, were clear that this appeal was not about lack of union consultation, but that the conclusion by the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) Director to not review the runway extension safety area (RESA) was ‘legally and technically flawed.

Scoop.co.nz article on the Wellington Airport Runway Extension and RESA

Gordon Campbell, of werewolf.co.nz, has published an article on Scoop discussing the environmental and safety issues around the proposed Wellington Airport runway extension.

Laser Strikes: Media Summary 30/9/2016

Recent news items on the laser incidents featuring comment from NZALPA. This will be updated as more stories appear.

Pilots worried not enough being done about laser strikes

Radio NZ interview with NZALPA President, Tim Robinson, on three laser incidents involving commercial aircraft in the past 12 hours.

“Flexible” drone regulations add concern for NZ pilots

The concerns of New Zealand pilots and air traffic controllers about the ‘woeful inadequacy’ of safety regulation around the commercial use of drones, or Unmanned Aerial System/Vehicles (UAS), are yet to be taken seriously, the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) said today.

Commenting on a pizza company’s plans to trial delivery by drone, NZALPA President Tim Robinson said that Civil Aviation Authority  (CAA) regulations that came into force in August last year did not take into account the informed and often repeated advice of pilots and the increasing number of ‘near-miss’  accidents that have underpinned pilot’s safety fears. 

Date of Air Line Pilots appeal regarding proposed WIAL runway extension ‘fast tracked'

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) today said it was thrilled that the Court of Appeal has fast tracked the hearing of its appeal against the recent High Court’s decision to turn down a review of the 90-metre safety area for an extended Wellington International Airport (WIAL) runway.