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Pilots outline safety fears and provide a solution as submissions on runway extension closes

There will be an increased risk of a serious accident or incident, especially due to larger planes using Wellington Airport unless an adequate Runway End Safety Area (RESA) of 240 metres or a recognised equivalent solution is used in the proposed runway extension, the New Zealand Air Line Pilots Association (NZALPA) said today.

Evidence for these concerns were outlined in NZALPA’s submission to the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and Wellington City Council (WCC) on Wellington International Airport Limited’s (WIAL’s) application for resource consents for its proposed extension to the runway at Wellington Airport. 

Submissions to the Wellington runway extension consent applications under the Resource Management Act closed today.

Wellington Airport RESA Update

NZALPA’s request for a Judicial Review in relation to plans by Wellington Airport to extend its runway and more specifically its RESA have been declined by the High Court.

Our legal and technical team is currently reviewing the judgement, following which a decision will be made whether to appeal.

One of our main arguments is that the RESA being proposed for the runway extension is inadequate and that decisions around the RESA’s length were made more on the basis of cost than concerns about the safety of our members and the travelling public.

We wish to see the RESA at Wellington airport constructed in line with the international standard of 240 metres - either by physically extending the 90 metres currently proposed by WIAL or by the use of an EMAS to provide equivalence.

Global Pilots on the Terrorist Attacks at Istanbul International Airport

MONTREAL, Canada – The International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) strongly condemns the terrorist attacks at Istanbul international airport, which follow the attacks at Brussels airport on the 22nd of March. On behalf of the more than 100,000 pilots we represent and our entire profession, our thoughts and sympathies are with the colleagues, friends and families of those innocent travellers and airport workers whose lives have been cruelly taken.

NZALPA sends letter of support to Turkey's Airline Pilots Association

NZALPA President, Captain Tim Robinson, sends a message of condolence and support to the President of Turkey's Airline Pilots Association, in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Ataturk Airport. 

 

Global Pilots on missing Egyptair Flight MS04

IFALPA - Press Release

MONTREAL - The International Federation of Air Line Pilots' Associations (IFALPA) is closely monitoring the developments related to the disappearance of Egyptair Flight MS804, an Airbus A320 en-route from Paris (CDG) to Cairo (CAI).

Our thoughts and best hopes are with the 66 crew and passengers on board the aircraft, and their families.

Whilst the search and rescue efforts are taking place, IFALPA stresses the need to avoid speculation as to what happened to the aircraft.  The Federation has reached out to the Egyptian Air Line Pilots' Association and will offer its expertise to the Egyptian Accident Investigation Agency in order to help gather facts and any other information which may be pertinent to this event.

Report: Aviation Safety Conference 2016

Report: Aviation Safety Conference 2016

A recent two-day Aviation Safety Conference has highlighted the regional safety challenges facing aviation safety professionals and offered an opportunity for us to share our views on the way forward, both regionally and globally for an industry supporting 58 million jobs globally and generating more than US$2.4 trillion in economic activity.

 

 

NZALPA comments on BEA Report into German Wings Crash

One year on from the tragic loss of German Wings flight 4U9525 on 24 March 2015, our thoughts are still with the families of the 150 crew and passengers that were on board the aircraft.  

 

The final report of the French BEA (Le Bureau d' Enquêtes et d' Analyses) accident investigation bureau, has now been released. The considered, fact based results of the official investigation are now available, and IFALPA (the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations) of which the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) was a founder member - has urged all aviation safety regulators to listen to the BEA and implement its safety recommendations in a balanced way.

New Zealand Pilots’ support effective measures to reduce the risks of alcohol and drug impairment in Aviation

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) supports effective programs to ensure passengers and crew are protected from any ill effects of drug and alcohol issues in the aviation industry.

NZALPA reiterates its call for the safe integration of Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS) or ‘Drones’ into NZ Airspace

The New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association (NZALPA) remains committed to its call for government, aviation safety regulators and the aviation industry, to have a collaborative approach to the safe integration of RPAS/drones into New Zealand airspace.

Speaking to Fairfax Media in an exclusive interview, NZALPA Senior Technical Officer Dave Reynolds said that the safe integration of RPAS would complement ‘conventional’ aircraft in areas previously inaccessible to manned flight and open up new markets for their application.

Transport of Lithium Batteries on Passenger and Cargo Aircraft

On 17 July 2015, the Boeing Company issued a Multi Operator Message (MOM-MOM-15-0469-01B) on the transport of lithium batteries as cargo on passenger and cargo aircraft manufactured by Boeing, which referenced recommendations made previously by the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Association (ICCAIA) on this subject.

The following week, on 24 July, Airbus also issued a notice in an In-Service Information publication (ISI number 00.00.00182, Transport of Dangerous Goods, Lithium Batteries”) to its customer airlines.  The Airbus document references the ICCAIA recommendations and calls on operators of its aircraft to conduct a full risk assessment regarding the carriage of high quantities of lithium batteries as cargo.

These welcome announcements (referenced below) are consistent with IFALPAs longstanding position on the transport of lithium batteries, and the Federation strongly encourages all its Member Associations to ensure that they are being fully implemented by all Operators within their State.  IFALPA fully supports the Airbus and Boeing recommendations and believes that they should be adhered to by ALL airlines until proper packaging standards are developed and limits on quantity in packages and shipments are implemented.