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“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. 

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.

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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.