Masters Visit 2015

Squadron Leader Chris Ford, Master of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots for 2015 is a former C-130 Captain with over 18,500 hours flying with the RAF spanning 39 years.

Click here for more information on Chris and his Appointment as the Master

Chris is currently touring New Zealand in the capacity of the Master visiting many aviation organisations and presenting the Masters Award at the Annual Formal Dinner in Auckland.

His visits include:

  • Air New Zealand
  • CTC Aviation Training
  • RNZAF Whenuapai
  • RNZAF Ohakea
  • Gliding New Zealand
  • Vintage Aviator
  • Civil Aviation Authority
  • Transport Accident Investigation Commission
  • Airways
  • Ministry of Transport

Chris will be attending and speaking at the Annual Formal Air Pilots dinner to be held in Auckland on Friday the 27th of November.

Air Pilots AGM Wednesday 8 April 2015

The AGM of Air Pilots NZ will be held at 6pm Wed 8 April 2015 at the Horse and Trap Pub 3 Enfield Street, Mount Eden 1024, Auckland.  Your attendance will be greatly appreciated, non members are welcome!

At the AGM we will:

1.      Review the focus of the NZ Region including the functioning of project teams to tackle various issues.

2.      Elect new Executive members to provide fresh ideas and energy to drive Air Pilots NZ forward.

3.      Discuss other business raised by members.

In short your attendance and participation at the AGM is very important to achieving our objectives.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Master's Visit 2014

Dorothy Saul-Pooley, Master of The Honourable Company of Air Pilots for 2014, is a flying instructor and flight examiner based in Shoreham.

Click here for more information on Dorothy and her Appointment as the Master

Dorothy will be arriving in New Zealand on the 10th of November and will be meeting with many key representatives and organisations in the New Zealand aviation industry with a primary focus on training of future pilots.

Her visits include:

  • The Air New Zealand Aviation Academy in Auckland
  • Nelson Aviation College at Motueka (an Air New Zealand approved FTO)
  • Ministry of Transport
  • Civil Aviation Authority
  • Airways Corporation
  • Transport Accidents/Investigators

Dorothy will also be attending and speaking at the Annual Formal Air Pilots Dinner held in Wellington this year.

PACDEFF 2014 CRM Conference and Workshop

The Executive Committee were approached to sponsor the 2014 Human Factors and Crew Resource Management Conference known as PACDEFF.  After careful consideration the Executive decided it would be appropriate to sponsor the event when held in New Zealand as it aligned very closely with the views of the Air Pilots Company and would further promote our name within the industry.

Below is a report by Mark Simich. 

I attended this Conference in the good company of Ben Chamberlain. It was an excellent three days attended by a large number of people from a wide range of endeavours from within the aviation community. There were some excellent and well qualified specialist presenters from the Military, Psychology, University, ATC, Human Factors, CRM and Medical disciplines, NZCAA and EASA.

Wayne Martin the convener thanks Air Pilots NZ for the generous supporting donation. He intends to continue to run this annually alternating between New Zealand and Australia and is hopeful we can continue to provide support in New Zealand. He believes Air pilots Australia will continue to support the Australia held conferences. 

We can be proud to have contributed to its success and I hope more members will be interested in 2016, with an interest in aviation, we should all be, it was a very valuable three days.

I commend all members to have a close look at the website with this years agenda and presenters. They are the best in the world.  :