The cockpit video and audio recording case
A judge has allowed in-cockpit audio and video recordings to be admitted as evidence in a New Zealand court case involving a GA pilot. This opens a can of worms, with worrying implications for incident reporting and the use of camera and audio recordings in flight training. The pilot involved in this case has decided not to appeal.
What did the Judge say? How could her decision affect general aviation? And what can be done?
Remember Geoff Kitto
Geoff Kitto had a huge passion for the GA industry, particularly the agricultural side. He flew all over the world, amassed more than 20,000 hours and was an important mentor to the next generation of New Zealand’s agricultural pilots. He was an advocate for agricultural aviation and opposed attempts to monopolise control of his industry. We pay our respects to him and his family.
The global pilot crisis. At last, people are waking up
An additional 640,000 commercial pilots will be needed worldwide over the next 20 years, 40 per cent of them in the Asia Pacific region. This crisis has been forecast for years. Politicians ignored all the warnings, airlines put off the evil day – but in 2018, reality has arrived with a vengeance.
Air New Zealand has announced that it’s working on the issue behind the scenes with the Airline Pilots Association, and there is agreement that trainee pilots need better support and more funding.
Is this just too little, a little too late? Some people are grabbing hold of the issue, and you could help them.
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.