IAOPA eNews Feberuary 2018



As specified in Article IX of the IAOPA Constitution and Bylaws, I am notifying you that there will be a meeting of the IAOPA Board on Thursday, March 29, 2018, beginning at 13:30 hours at the Rydges Hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand.

I hope you are planning to personally attend the Board meeting and the World Assembly. However, if you are unable to attend, please advise IAOPA Headquarters via email ([email protected]) if you have nominated a delegate to represent your national association and its members. We have provided sufficient space for any number of representatives from each national association and look forward to full participation by you and your advisors at the Board meeting.

I am looking forward to seeing you in Queenstown and continuing our efforts to improve general aviation worldwide!


In preparation for the 29th World Assembly to be held in Queenstown New Zealand, March 26 -29, 2018, please send IAOPA Headquarters any Narrative Report that you are will be presenting at World Assembly. While it is not a requirement that you prepare a report, sharing your triumphs and tribulations will assist other affiliates and foster a culture of information sharing throughout the organization.

The report that you submit will be distributed electronically to all delegates at the Board Meeting in Queenstown. As well, the reports will become a part of the final World Assembly Report. Please remember that if you are attending the Board Meeting and will be presenting your report in person, time constraints only allow for a maximum of five minutes for your presentation. If you are not attending the World Assembly, an electronic version of your written report will be provided to all IAOPA Board members and will be included in the final report.

When preparing your report, please focus on the following items:

  • Describe significant events that occurred in your organization over the past two years.
  • What action have you taken within the past two years to provide a better regulatory environment for your members?
  • Summarize benefits and new services your Association provides to members.
  • Provide a description of the programs you have in place to acquire new members.
  • How do you promote general aviation to the public and news media?

Many thanks for your cooperation and we look forward to receiving your report by March 15, 2018.


By Benjamin Morgan (AOPA Australia)

January 2018 marked a big start to the year with AOPA Australia partnering up with the Wagga City Aero Club to tackle unfair and discriminatory airport charges in the Riverina. Both organizations worked tirelessly to build a powerful media campaign that highlighted how private aircraft owners and pilots were being discriminated by the Council.

Wagga City Aero Club President, Mr. Geoff Breust, and his members and local general aviation industry supporters put in an incredible effort, building media awareness and momentum on the issue.

At any time of the year Australians are encouraged (via local and state funded marketing initiatives) to drive into the Riverina to enjoy Council's managed public parks, public spaces, art projects, camping grounds along with lakes and rivers – all of which are free to use. The regions public facilities cost the City of Wagga millions maintain, and each play an invaluable role in helping attract the 1.3 million tourists and visitors who invest some $340 million locally and keeping some 35,000-people employed.

The AOPA Australia and the Wagga City Aero Club highlighted that local and visiting boat owners are not required to pay any landing charges at ramps nor are they required to pay parking fees for their vehicles and trailers. Nor are Caravan owners required to pay landing fees or parking charges at council owned and managed camping sites.

Central to the argument was the clear fact that should a tourist or visitor choose to fly their private general aviation aircraft to Wagga Wagga, they are required to pay landing fees and parking charges – simply because they used a runway not a highway.

On Monday, 22nd January, both associations, along with 30 local pilots and general aviation supporters attended a meeting of the City of Wagga Wagga Council, and presented our case. During the meeting a number of councilors spoke in strong support of our argument and agreed that Council's attitude towards charging aircraft owners and pilots was unfair and out of step with Council's general policies with respect to attracting tourists and visitors to the city.

A resolution was put forward to council to remove the discriminatory parking charges, along with re-establishing the airport community stakeholder committee, which is be directed to undertake a review of airport operations and management. The resolution was unanimously agreed to, marking a major victory for AOPA Australia and the Wagga City Aero Club.

Click to view a copy of the AOPA Australia letter to the City of Wagga Wagga


The European Aviation Safety Agency published the 2018-2022 European Plan for Aviation Safety (EPAS), which also includes the Agency's rulemaking program. The EPAS, a key component of the European Aviation Safety Program, provides a coherent and transparent framework for safety work at European level, helping the identification of major safety risks and defining the actions to take. It also supports the Member States of the European Union to implement their State Safety Programs and facilitates the sharing of best practice and knowledge.

This year's edition of the EPAS includes EASA's strategy in the areas of International Cooperation and Technical Training. Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director declared: "safety actions need to be coordinated more than ever at regional and international levels, which explains the growing role played by regional safety oversight organizations in the field of aviation and the pivotal activity of EASA in this domain".

In addition, the EPAS 2018-2022 includes several new research projects, which illustrates the growing importance of Research in the EU policies as an enabler to enhance safety.

The implementation of the plan is already extended to European states not under the EASA umbrella. EASA is working closely with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of the United Nations to extend its scope to the 56 States that are part of the ICAO European and North Atlantic region.

The EPAS and related materials are available on the EPAS page on EASA's website.


World's first aircraft Short Take Off & Landing competition on sand announcedPrecision, if sometimes hair-raising, aviation action and visually stunning vintage biplanes expected!

The World's first aircraft Short Take Off & Landing (STOL) competition on sand is set to take place in Belgium in the Summer. Organized by one of the world's top aviation adventure companies it is expected to attract pilots from all over the globe and establish some new world records. This first event, the VintageAirRally International STOL Competition' will be attended by thousands of spectators who will witness some hair-raising if not gut-wrenching flying on this unusual day out on the beach!

The 'VintageAirRally International STOL Competition' will take place on the beach of the fashionable spa town of Knokke-Heist, Belgium. Pilots will engage in precision if sometimes hair-raising landing and takeoff maneuvers with the shortest distance the winner. The ultimate goal is to establish some new world records at this spectacular aviation event!

Set to take place from the 14th to 17th June 2018, this world's first ever vintage STOL competition is not only for modern specialized 'bush planes' it is also for the iconic visually stunning vintage biplanes. The STOL aircraft taking part are designed to land where there is essentially little or no runway. And while the pilots and planes will be used to the rough and tumble of bush flying they will have relatively smooth landings on the sand of a fine Belgian beach.

Throughout the event there will be exhibitors on the beachfront at Knokke-Heist for competitors and the thousands of spectators expected to attend the event. VintageAirRally will also establish a temporary exclusive ‘Pilot's Club' on the sand. The Pilots' Club will be holding a series of events during both the day and the evenings with guest speakers from the world of aviation in Belgium and around the world.

There will be numerous categories for entries from vintage biplanes last seen in action in the 1920's and 30s to up-to-date aircraft ("bush planes") that can land in wildest locations. The winner of each category will be awarded a prize at this first ever STOL and beach landing competition in Belgium. This event is organized with the assistance of Knokke-Heist Municipality & Tourism. For more information or to register visit their website.


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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/

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