Farewell to stalwart aviator Walter Wagtendonk
Walter J Wagtendonk passed away peacefully at the Waipuna Hospice in the Tauranga area in the early hours of 18 May, aged 88. He was a former RNZAF Flight Leiutenant, a highly respected flying instructor and the author of many books on aviation.
He was awarded the OBE for services to aviation and specifically for his work towards flight safety. Walter was a staunch and active champion for general aviation until the day he died. New Zealand has lost a valuable mentor and a great source of aviation knowledge.
We’re calling for a public inquiry into the CAA
The GAA is asking for a public inquiry into the Civil Aviation Authority. On April 5, we released a report detailing CAA failures and shortcomings and another showing the results of the independent CAA client satisfaction survey. These documents reveal serious problems, as well as unrest and distrust of the Authority among New Zealand’s general aviation community.
The GAA says: The issues raised in these two reports can only be properly examined through an independent inquiry. New Zealand requires a national general aviation strategy and a regulatory authority that recognises GA’s position in the economy and works with the industry instead of appearing to obstruct it. We need a radical change of emphasis, from policeman to partner.
Shocking, insane and incompetent: Customers condemn the ‘toxic’ CAA
The GAA’s independent survey of Civil Aviation Authority customers in general aviation has revealed significant disapproval and disquiet.
On virtually all questions seeking a rating of 0 (no satisfaction) to 10 (very high), the Authority scored below 5, and in some cases less than 2. The CAA is described by some customers as “shocking”, “insane”, “toxic” and “incompetent”.
The final report, along with hundreds of uncensored comments about the CAA, is now available. It may keep you awake all night.
No apologies for acting in the public interest, says the CAA
How the CAA responded:
The CAA has now had the opportunity to consider the material presented by the Des Lines and Brian Mackie including their “Overview” document and the results of their “Client Satisfaction” survey.
The CAA welcomes feedback on its performance. As a responsible state sector entity, the CAA must – and does – operate in an environment of accountability to the public, whose interests it ultimately serves.