IAOPA eNews June 2016

Time is Running out — Register Now for World Assembly! | Viewpoint - Mark Baker, President IAOPA | AOPA Australia Meets with Deputy PM to Save GA | AOPA US Travels to Cuba to Promote General Aviation | AOPA Japan Joins in MCAS Iwakuni 40th Friendship Festival | AOPA Air Safety Institute - Fly safe, set personal minimums in advance | Link to IAOPA Europe Newsletter | Pass on This Newsletter to Your Members

Time is Running out — Register Now for World Assembly!

The IAOPA 28th World Assembly, (July 21-24, 2016) hosted by AOPA US is just around the corner and the cut-off date to guarantee your hotel room at the discounted price is rapidly approaching.  We will be discussing subjects that are critical to every affiliate's future as we go in-depth on rebranding, AOPA Global initiative, and topics including medical reform, integration of Unmanned Aerial Systems and much more.  The Assembly is being kicked off with an up close and personal roundtable discussion with three of the most influential people in aviation worldwide.  Dr. Fang Lui, ICAO Secretary General, Mr. Patrick Ky, Executive Director EASA, and the Honorable Michael Huerta, Administrator FAA will all be sharing their visions of General Aviation.  It is critical that your affiliate be represented so if for some reason you cannot attend you'll need to appoint an alternate.

Rooms for both the World Assembly and the follow-on Oshkosh trip are limited.  If you haven't registered don't delay, now is the time to act!  Register Now

Viewpoint - Mark Baker, President IAOPA

For years, AOPA in the United States has been seeking medical reforms for pilots who fly recreationally. It started with advocating for the Sport Pilot certificate, which uses a "driver's license" medical standard. Pilots have been flying safely under this standard for more than a decade, saving time and money, and demonstrating that the costly third-class medical process does little or nothing to improve aviation safety.
In recent years, AOPA U.S. has been advocating to extend medical reforms to those flying with Private Pilot certificates. And the pilot community worldwide is acknowledging the importance of reforming pilot medical standards.

In fact, at the 27th IAOPA World Assembly held in 2014, AOPA Netherlands recommended and IAOPA members approved Resolution 27/5, calling on aviation regulators around the world to reform medical certification requirements for pilots flying recreationally. In that resolution, IAOPA members noted that the money now spent on the medical certification process could be reinvested in other ways that do far more to enhance safety.

Now, in the latest acknowledgment that reform makes sense, the United Kingdom's Civil Aviation Authority has announced that it will use a driver's license medical standard for some general aviation pilots beginning in August. 

We're encouraged that the United Kingdom is taking this step and we are optimistic that aviation authorities in other countries will follow suit. It's our hope that these reforms will soon be adopted across Europe and around the world.

We continue to pursue medical reforms here in the United States and we are committed to working with regulatory organizations here and around the world to implement similar reforms. We believe strongly in making general aviation flying more accessible and affordable, and medical reforms are one vital way to help more people take to the air.

AOPA Australia Meets with Deputy PM to Save GA

Mark Smith (AOPA Australia) reports on a meeting that just may prove to be a turning point in General Aviation.

Tamworth became the focal point of the battle to reform the general aviation industry when Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester, CASA Chairman Geoff Boyd and fellow board member Anita Taylor met with more than 150 people who were given a chance to air their frustrations with CASA. 

Aviation Advertiser chief executive Ben Morgan and AOPA organised the event, which included a private meeting between Minister Chester and key figures from the general aviation industry before an open hangar meeting where attendees were able to ask questions of the assembled government representatives.

Mr Morgan's assessment of GA was stark.

"The industry is on its knees, shackled by layers of regulation that are squeezing the life from otherwise viable businesses. Families are losing homes, pilots are losing jobs and Australia is missing out on the benefits of a strong aviation industry because for too long CASA has had an attitude that the more safety regulation that is thrown at the industry the better, even if a valid safety case isn't made for the regulations."

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said he could hear the frustration in people's voices when they talked about problems involving CASA, and that's why he organised for the new Transport Minister to meet with people involved in the aviation industry.  He admitted he had little knowledge of aviation, as did Minister Chester, but that it was important for the industry to present a united front with a united series of initiatives.

"The place that all of us are going to reside in is the future, and what we have is time ahead of us. If we can work with you then hopefully we can bring about a better industry that takes some of the weight off your shoulders, that lets you stay in the air, lets you make a buck and helps this economy go a lot better," Senator Joyce said in his opening remarks.

Mr Morgan brought up the issue of ADSB implementation and said it was an example of the defiant attitude the regulator has towards the industry.

"One of the issues the industry has been engaging with the government over, and to me it stands out as an example of the defiant nature and the wilful persistence of the regulator to act in a manner which is prejudicial to the industry, is ADSB compliance," Mr Morgan said.
He said that while no one in the industry would say ADSB is a bad thing, the decision to bring it in years ahead of the United States, potentially costing the industry millions of dollars extra, was a bad decision that the regulator refused to address.

"The minister might think we are a bit emotional about this issue, but when it's going to cost the industry $36 million that's something worth getting emotional about."

Minister Darren Chester admitted he had already heard about problems within the aviation industry, even though he had only held the portfolio for 10 weeks. 

"My challenge as minister, and I experienced this as I walked in the room today, and I've had other meetings, is that I get completely different views on a whole range of issues. There is no simple answer.

"I recognise there are issues with CASA. You'd have to be an idiot not to see that."

He went on to say that it was important to engage with government to help find answers to the difficulties being faced. 

CASA Chairman Geoff Boyd spoke next and admitted immediately that Part 61 had been a debacle that the organisation was working hard to fix.

"There are a large raft of exemptions that we are drafting at the moment that were signed off. They should be out in the next fortnight and what they do is wind back lots of things to the old CAR 5 regulations, things like multiple instrument proficiency checks.

"Roger Weeks is working on these exemptions which will run through until the end of the year when we hope to roll out an amendment to Part 61 which will basically be a new Part 61 but in the meantime, to keep people out there earning a living, there will be wide ranging exemptions.

If they aren't enough come back to me and I'll go back to them to make sure they do more exemptions."

Mr Boyd was also unequivocal about his opposition to the decision to implement ADSB ahead of the United States.

"I think it's a stupid idea to bring it in three to four years ahead of the country that manufactures the equipment, but I came in afterwards and now I'm trying to unpick it."

He went on to say that it was very hard, if not impossible, to roll it back, but that exemptions were available to give operators more time to install the equipment.  However after spirited discussion about the number of exemptions required, Mr Boyd finally conceded that the continual issuing of individual exemptions for operators to delay installation of the ADSB equipment after the upcoming deadline was inefficient and that he would go back to Canberra and talk to the other agencies concerned to try and find out if the roll out could be deferred in line with other countries including the United States and New Zealand who have mandated the installation by 2020 and 2021 respectively.

The SIDS program was also discussed with Mr Boyd saying that, following a meeting of chief engineers, it had been decided to allow private owners of 100 series Cessnas to now implement the inspections over a number of years in consultation with their LAMEs.  He also admitted that he wasn't fully conversant with the issue of the mandatory replacement of control cables and that he would take the participants concerns about the issue back to Canberra.

"There has been a major shakeup in the airworthiness section recently so let me take this back to them and see what can be done," he said.
Responding to a question about reforming key areas of the regulations covering the strict liability provisions found in the Civil Aviation Act, Mr Boyd said that, in essence, that was the sort of discussion that needed to be had with people like the Deputy Prime Minister.

"I'm a licenced engineer and a commercial pilot so I don't like the idea of a strict liability either. If we have a high level meeting this is the sort of thing we need to talk about to change the act.

"I believe the (Civil Aviation) act does need to be changed and we've got some ideas as a board of what we'd like to see changed in the act. That's the sort of high level discussions we can have to set a template to make things better in the longer term. At the moment I'm putting band aids on things to keep people operating."

Ken Cannane from Aviation Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Business Association (AMROBA) raised the issue of increasing the powers of the CASA board.

"The board has been created and that board needs more power to make the directions and control where we are heading. We lobbied hard to make the board more representative of industry. We support the board.

"For the last 40 years the industry has been asking to harmonize the system with the United States FAR system and that's what we want. We do not want to see a unique set of regulations in Australia."

He said it was important for the board to take responsibility for the problems within the industry and that it should make public the direction it wants CASA to move in.

In response to Mr. Cannane's comments, Geoff Boyd said that the board was looking at moving toward a system of regulation like New Zealand has for general aviation. He said that the EASA regulations suit the "big end of town" being the major airlines but don't do anything for regional aviation.

Senator Nick Xenophon sent a message of support which was read by Mr Morgan.

"I am sorry I cannot be here today to support you and the industry in your fight for a fair go. Just last night in a senate committee I asked CASA Director Air Safety why the ADSB requirement could not be delayed until 2021. The DAS said it would not be delayed and went so far as to say it may be cheaper if we do it early. I do not accept that position. I will not stand by and see general aviation being destroyed in Australia with a measure that will force more pilots to fly visually because of the cost involved."

Minister Chester praised Geoff Boyd, saying the CASA chairman was very much on the side of the industry.

"We actually have someone in Geoff's position who is on your side. I know people are frustrated - you've had 30 years of frustration. He's been in the job 10 months and I've been in the job 10 weeks, and while I don't expect sympathy because politicians never get much of that, he's the bloke going into bat for you. He's on the phone to me every day putting forward very positive, very practical solutions about how we get CASA working for the general aviation sector so I encourage you to work with him as much as you possibly can because I think he's the best chance your industry's had for quite some time."

The minister also thanked organisations like AOPA for sending through policy documents including Project Eureka, for consideration.
"It's important the conversation we've started here today doesn't end here today so that's why these documents are important to use. It's why Geoff has been in my office twice this week going through them, looking at the good ideas you've got for the future. It's not just about one issue, we accept that it's a whole range of issues that are making it very difficult for your industry and we are determined to make sure you have a prosperous future."  (Reprinted Courtesy of Australian Pilot Magazine)

AOPA US Travels to Cuba to Promote General Aviation

Cuban pilots and aviation authorities have grand visions for general aviation, but at the same time have safety and capacity concerns as relations between the island nation and the United States continue to normalize. To help provide a safe, enjoyable, and predictable experience for U.S. pilots headed to Cuba, senior staff members from AOPA met with Cuban aviation officials and members of the Aero Club of Cuba May 6 and 7 in Havana.  Read More

AOPA Japan Joins in MCAS Iwakuni 40th Friendship Festival

AOPA-Japan participated 40th US-Japan Friendship Festival at MCAS Iwakuni on 5 May 2016. AOPA Japan sent two aircrafts, Cessna 172 and Beech Bonanza as a part of ground static display aircraft along with military aircrafts from USMC, US Navy and US Air Force.

Since 1973, MCAS Iwakuni has conducted a single-day air show and open house specifically designed to foster positive relationships between the air station and Japan. This year is the 40th annual Friendship Day, offering a culturally enriching experience that displays the mutual support that the U.S. and Japan. Over 200,000 visitors visit the festival every year.

AOPA-Japan was established in 1968 and became a member of IAOPA in 1978.  They represent and promote the interests of general aviation to the Japanese Government and related authorities. Of particular priority is the campaign to achieve greater access to airports, efforts to control the cost of flying and influence the legislation process in order to appropriately address the requirements of GA.

AOPA Air Safety Institute - Fly safe, set personal minimums in advance

Do you have "personal minimums" (weather criteria, max cross winds, min runway lengths etc.) and are they written down and readily available to help make go/no-go or divert decisions? Astute decisions are much easier to make when not preoccupied with complex tasks like flying an aircraft. That's why writing down personal minimums in advance is so important. If during the heat of the moment in flight we rely on "feelings" to guide our decisions, then the decision making becomes a mental negotiation clouded by emotion and hopes of a successful outcome. So document personal minimums and consult them before each flight. This becomes the basis for a contract with yourself, your passengers, and your family to fly safely and within your personal minimums. If you'd like an example, download the VFR Pilot and IFR Pilot Personal Minimum Contracts from the AOPA Air Safety Institute's Aeronautical Decision Making Safety Spotlight. Change the criteria as needed, and remember to update the document to reflect your current proficiency level in the aircraft you'll be flying. If you've recently earned a new certificate or rating, ask your flight instructor to help you determine a reasonable baseline to match your new skills.

Link to IAOPA Europe Newsletter

Read the latest information on what IAOPA affiliates are doing in Europe.  AOPA's in every part of the globe are making a positive difference for general aviation and there is simply not enough room to publish all that is being done to keep you flying.  For the latest updates on what is going on at IAOPA Europe check their website at http://www.iaopa.eu/

Pass on This Newsletter to Your Members

Nothing can keep existing members, and attract new members like reminding them of the great work that IAOPA affiliates, and IAOPA, are doing on national, regional, and international levels to keep them flying. Great work is being done in all parts of the globe to advance the interests of general aviation and the best way to share the message is to make sure that this newsletter gets to as many members and non-members alike. So I encourage you to publish this on your website, send on via email to your members, and do what you can to help spread the word.


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