The New Zealand Division held its annual symposium on Friday 11th April.  The  theme for the 29th annual symposium was ‘Flying in Formation’ looking at how the aviation industry and the government can work together to achieve improvements to the prosperity, security and safety of New Zealand aviation.

The venue was the Civil Aviation Authority's conference facility overlooking Wellington harbour. Opening the conference, CAA Director Graeme Harris FRAeS gave an overview of the current projects and endeavours of his organisation. He addressed the topic of aviation security and how the local operations are being studied by other national authorities as the NZ reputation in this area is very high.

The symposium was well supported, both by members and sponsors and the 91 attendees received some very thought provoking presentations. In the evening the Division held its annual Awards Dinner at the James Cook hotel in Wellington. This was attended by the Chief of Air Force, Director of Civil Aviation, Chief Pilot and Head of Flight Operations  AirNZ and many other leading members of the aviation community. The awards were presented by Divisional President Frank Sharp FRAeS and were made to very deserving people who have all contributed greatly to aviation in New Zealand or, for the younger recipients, have achieved excellent results in their early education/training.

Scott Phillips
13 May 2014