The GAA is a voluntary social network for people involved in New Zealand General Aviation. It has more than 2000 registered supporters.
It has no constitution, no formal membership and no fees. It has no income and it seeks no profit. It exists to independently promote and defend GA in New Zealand by analysing and publicising aviation issues, challenging authority, and often personally advocating on behalf of “the little people” in our aviation system – many of whom find it hard to confront seemingly powerful bureaucrats.
GAA supporters are concerned about the Civil Aviation Authority – its costs and seemingly poorly controlled overheads, alleged inadequate service levels, its red tape and its escalating fees. Many are worried about CAA policies that threaten general aviation-related businesses and may harm the future of the next generation of amateur and professional aviators.
The GAA aims to encourage constructive dialogue among everyone involved in our nation’s aviation – including bureaucrats, politicians and established aviation organisations.
GAA supporters include:
- Airline pilots of all ranks, based in New Zealand, Australia, and around the world
- Helicopter pilots based in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia
- PPL and RPL holders, and microlight pilots
- Homebuilt aircraft pilots
- Instructors and student pilots
- Balloon pilots and operators
- Glider pilots
- Skydivers and skydive operators
- Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers
- Flight training schools
- Fixed base helicopter operators
- Maintenance organisations, and
- Small commercial aircraft operators