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DRAFT Program for IAOPA World Assembly 2018

This is a draft program only.  Dates, times and venues are correct, however speakers and business content are subject to change.




Sunday 25th March 2018

0900 - 1700Arrivals and registration at Rydges Hotel
1700 - 2000Welcome Reception at Rydges Hotel - casual attire
 Drinks and finger food provided, rest of the evening own arrangements




Monday 26th March 2018

0730 - 0830Breakfast at Rydges for delegates and observers
0900 - 1030
Session 1.1
0900 - 0910Mark Baker President & CEO - Welcome to World Assembly
0910 - 0920Mayor of Queenstown, Jim Boult - Welcome to Queenstown
0920 - 0930Minister of Transport NZ - Welcome to NZ
0930 - 1030

Discussion with industry leaders

IAOPA PresidentNZ CAA Director
CASA Australia Director Indonesian CAA


1030 - 1100Coffee break
1100 - 1230
Session 1.2

WA Goals & Objectives - Secretaries Report - Craig Spence Secretary General IAOPA


ICAO - Where does GA fit in ICAO's global plans

(Steve Creamer - ICAO) 

1230 - 1330Lunch for delegates and observers
1300 - 1500
Session 1.3

Group EAD on designing the approach into Queenstown

Air NZ briefing on the introduction of night approaches to Queenstown

Mt Cook Airline (Air NZ) - Flying ATR’s into Queenstown


1500 - 1530Coffee break
1530 - 1700
Session 1.4

Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)


1800 - 2300

Proceed to Queenstown Wharf for Earnslaw boat trip to Walter Peak for evening function Returning to hotel by 2300. (Group photo at Walter Peak)



Walter Peak



You are about to have a dining experience that’s unlike any other in Queenstown (or perhaps the world), join us at the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant at Walter Peak High Country Farm.


Steeped in Queenstown’s pioneering history, your experience starts with a cruise across Lake Wakatipu in the 103 year old steamship, the TSS Earnslaw.  You can visit the engine room and see its giant steam engines at work, view the collection of historical photos in the mini-museum, check out the bridge or even join a sing-along with the pianist. Then disembark at Walter Peak High Country Farm, one of the first farms set up in the region.


Relax in the unique ambience of the Colonel’s Homestead Restaurant, the heart of the stately homestead at Walter Peak.  Here, you’ll enjoy a Gourmet BBQ dinner which the chef prepare's in front of you, the menu includes an expansive array of New Zealand and local produce, from succulent meats cooked on the outdoor rotisserie or grill, a selection of delicious vegetables and salads.  Then finish your meal with our irresistible desserts, New Zealand cheeses and freshly brewed tea & coffee.


After dinner, an entertaining and informative demonstration gives you a glimpse of life in the high country.


On the magical night-time cruise home, you can enjoy the camaraderie of a sing-a-long with the ship’s pianist or breathe in the fresh night air on the moonlit decks as you watch the lights of Queenstown draw nearer.



Tuesday 27th March 2018

0730 - 0830Breakfast at Rydges for delegates and observers
0900 - 1030
Session 2.1

Medical Standard for PPL as per resolution 28/3

AOPA NZ report Dr Steve Brown

AOPA Australia report Dr Rob Liddell

AOPA US report ??


1030 - 1100Coffee break
1100 - 1230
Session 2.2

Medical continues

CAA NZ report

Are we making progress?  Frank Hoffman, Craig Spence

ICAO responses to date


1230 - 1330Lunch for delegates and observes
1330 - 1500
Session 2.3

Technoology and how it has advanced our flying



Airways NZ


1500 - 1530Coffee break
1530 - 1700
Session 2.4

PBN introduction world wide

ADSB take up world wide

Benefits and advantages of ADSB

Costs and disadvantages of ADSB


1800 - LateEvening meal at local restaurant pay as you go (venue to be advised)




Wednesday 28th March 2018



Own arrangement for breakfast


Assemble at hotel entrance for bus trip to Nokomai Station

Casual attire with good footwear (not high heels).

0915Stop at Kingston airstrip to give those that wish, a flight into Nokomai Station and surrounding airstrips (depending on weather) with AOPA NZ Members. Buses continue to Nokomai.
1000Buses continue to Nokomai Station
1030 - 1530

Arrive at Nokomai Station which is an 80,000 acre (32,374 hectares) working sheep & beef farm.  Shearing will be in progress and tours of the facilities will be arranged.


Lunch will be served at the station.


Nokomai is also a highly-regarded fly fishing area.

Those that did not fly in will be given the chance to fly out to Kingston where the buses will pick us all up for return to Queenstown
1530Return to Queenstown via Kingston airstrip.
1630Back at Rydges 
 Evening at your leisure in Queenstown or surrounding area where a multitude of restaurants and different fare await you





Thursday 29th March 2018

0730 - 0830Breakfast at Rydges for delegates and observers
0900 - 1030
Session 3.1


IAOPA Regional Breakouts



1030 - 1100Coffee break
1100 - 1230
Session 3.1 continued


1230 - 1330Lunch for delegates and registered observers
1330 - 1430
Session 3.2

IAOPA affiliate reports


1430 - 1500Coffee break
1500 - 1700
Session 3.3

IAOPA resolutions

Bid for 30th World Assembly 2020

IAOPA closing session


1800 - 1900Social hour sponsored by ?
1900 - ???

Closing dinner for all to attend at Rydges Hotel Business - casual attire

Pre-dinner remarks

Presentation of awards Mark Baker / Craig Spence

Concluding remarks



Official World Assembly Program Concludes




Friday 30th March 2018

Good Friday

This is a day at your leisure with activities of your choice or just relax and enjoy Queenstown.


There is a Jet Boat and Wilderness Adventure tour available, please note that bookings need to be made at time of registration.


Trips to Milford Sound will also be available. 

All these events are pay as you go and not included in the registration fee.



Saturday 31st March - 1st April 2018


Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow day for those that have pre-booked.



Buses leave hotel entrance departing to Wanaka Airport where your breakfast awaits you.


This is an optional tour that must have been booked at time of registration.


1500 approx?

Buses leave Wanaka Airfield returning to Rydges Hotel Queenstown.



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