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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 - Hosted by Jeppesen

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



A message from the Organising Committee of the 29th IAOPA World Assembly in 2018.


We would like to acknowledge the support that has been given to us by our sponsors over the last two years.

Organising an International event of this nature is a major undertaking for a small organisation like AOPA NZ and without the financial support and expertise of our sponsors the event would not have got off the ground.


Our sponsors are listed below in random order click on their name to view their websites and allow you to find out more about the organisations that actively support and promote general aviation in New Zealand.


Airways NZ LtdAspeq Ltd
JeppesenAir New Zealand
AvSure Insurance BrokersZ Energy







Monday 26th March 2018

0730 - 0830Breakfast at Rydges for delegates and observers - Hosted by CAA NZ
0900 - 1030
Session 1.1 - Leadership Panel
0900 - 0915Mayor of Queenstown Lakes District Council, Jim Boult ONZM – Board member CAA NZ Opens the proceedings
0915 - 0930

Mark Baker President and CEO - Welcome to World Assembly

0930 - 1030

Discussion with industry leaders

Moderator - Tom Haines 
IAOPA President - Mark BarkerNZ CAA Director - Graeme Harris

EUROCAE - Christian Schleifer

ICAO Secretary General - Dr Fang Liu
GAMA - Pete BunceCASA Director - Shane Carmody


1030 - 1100Coffee break
1100 - 1230
Session 1.2 - Review of Medial Standard for PPL 

Moderator – Jim Coon

Greg Hood, Australian ATSB, Stats on medical incapacitation

AOPA NZ - Dr Steve Brown

AOPA Australia - Dr Rob Liddell

AOPA US – Dr Brent Blue, update on BasicMed implementation

AOPA Austria – Dr Walter EBM the European view - Where does GA fit in ICAO's global plans - Steve Creamer - ICAO


1230 - 1330Lunch for delegates and observers
1330 - 1500
Session 1.3 - Review of Medial Standard for PPL



1500 - 1530Coffee break
1530 - 1700
Session 1.4 - Regulator's Position Overview


A Regulators view - Graeme Harris, Shane Carmody, Dr Fang Liu, (ICAO Regional Rep – Name TBC)


Are we making progress at ICAO?  Frank Hoffman, Craig Spence ICAO - where does GA fit in ICAO’s global plans


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)



Earnslaw and Walter Peak


The Earnslaw trip across Lake Wakatipu is hosted by Avsure

The evening meal at Walter peak is hosted by Aspeq Ltd




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 prepares 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 - Hosted by CAA NZ
0900 - 1030
Session 2.1 - Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)


Moderator - TBA

IAOPA Efforts at ICAO - Frank Hofmann

IAOPA Participation with JARUS - Craig Spence

EUROCAE - Christian Schleifer

Massey University - TBC

Airways NZ on their UTM program for UAS

Discussion on IAOPA Resolution on UAS - Craig Spence


1030 - 1100Coffee break
1100 - 1230
Session 2.2 - Performance Based Navigation (PBN) and the Benefits for General Aviation


Moderator - Andrew Anderson (AOPA Australia)        

Mark Adeane - Aeropath NZ, Benefits of RNP

Graham Cheal - Air NZ, approval of night approaches to Queenstown

Steve Smyth - CAA Director of PBN, NZ


1230 - 1330Lunch for delegates and observes
1330 - 1430
Session 2.3 - Technology and how it has advanced our flying


Moderator -  Bernard Gervais (COPA) - TBC

Jeppesen – Cay Roth

David Morgan – Air NZ 

Bob Darby – AOPA UK


1430 - 1500

Bruce Heesterman - Aspeq Ltd, latest trends in online training and


1500 - 1530Coffee break
1530 - 1700
Session 2.4 - Membership Trends and Initiatives


Zhang Feng - Chinese GA Market and International Cooperation

Craig Spence – Update on AOPA Global

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


1800 - LateOwn arrangements for evening meal




Wednesday 28th March 2018 - Nokomai Trip - Hosted by Z-Energy



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 or Wanaka 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 or Wanaka 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 - hosted by CAA
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 - Craig Spence


1430 - 1500Coffee break
1500 - 1700
Session 3.3

IAOPA resolutions

Bid for 30th World Assembly 2020

IAOPA closing session


1800 - 1900Social hour sponsored by Airways NZ Ltd
1900 - ???

Closing dinner at Rydges Hotel - Hosted by Airways NZ Ltd - casual attire

Pre-dinner remarks Airways Nz Ltd

Presentation of awards - Mark Baker / Craig Spence

Concluding remarks



Official World Assembly Program Concludes





Friday 30th March 2018

Options Social Activities

Good Friday

This is a day at your leisure. There are a multitude of activities for you in the Queenstown area from bungee jumping to white water rafting or just enjoying the scenery, shopping and maxing your credit card.


There is a Jet Boat and Wilderness Adventure tour available, please note that bookings needed to be made at time of registrationHowever if you have already registered please be in touch with Mary at admin@aopa.co.nz


Flights to Milford Sound will also be available. 


One of our AOPA NZ Members will steer you in the right direction for booking these extra events. 


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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