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Old March 6th 20, 03:03 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Notice from Gavin Wills: "Please note that all Glide Omarama services will be suspended from 15 April 2020.

After 20 years of flying from the Omarama Airfield without a Trial Flight incident the Civil Aviation Authority of NZ requires GlideOmarama to re-certify its operations from being a Recreational Aviation Organisation under the CA Rules Part 149, to an Organisation Conducting Adventure Aviation Part 115, and to re-license its pilot/instructors accordingly.

This certification process, consisting of negotiations, applications and approvals, is expected to take several months to complete.

Glide Omarama therefore has decided to suspend its operations from 15 April 2020, until the procedure is complete.

However, in anticipation of successful outcomes, the company is happy to receive bookings for the Soaring School and Trial Flights scheduled from 1 September 2020 onward.

Bookings scheduled for dates up to and including April 14 2020 will be honoured. Bookings scheduled between April 15 and August 31 will be refunded or rescheduled as directed by the client.

Glide Omarama regrets any inconvenience this suspension may cause to Club members, glider pilots and visitors. Throughout the period of self-suspension our office, phones, web site and email will remain live.

Thank you all for understanding and for your support to the Glide Omarama team at this difficult time.

Gavin Wills
Glide Omarama
7 March 2020"
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Old March 7th 20, 09:03 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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I read through NZ Parts 149 and 115 of their aviation regs to see what this means. Essentially, their operation is going to be held to a higher standard since it is considered a commercial operation rather than a gliding club. Adventure aviation is a special category of commercial operators and covers ballooning, hang gliding, parachuting and microlight commercial operations. The regulators note that the normal time for completing the application process is at least 90 days. It seems that the regs are written from the point to cover new operations without a thought to transitioning existing operations. I’m guessing there has been some foot dragging and negotiations over this and it came to a head with the regulators saying they must comply, thus the temporary shutdown.
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Old March 7th 20, 12:43 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Was it clear what sort of operational changes might be required?
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Old March 7th 20, 07:50 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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In my reading, the CAA states it presently has no jurisdictional control over such operations and therefore Part 115 should be implemented in the interest of safety. So, at least some changes to any such current activities may come only after the CAA establishes their regulatory authority. Interestingly,they note that "A recent CAA study applied the social cost of accidents to the actual level of flying activity, estimating the average social cost for adventure aviation activities (both commercial and recreational) to be approximately $61.00 per person per hour of exposure (significantly above a safety target level of $13.00). In comparison, the average social cost for air transport operations is approximately
$0.10c per person per hour of exposure." They assign a "VOSL" of NZ $2.8M to a single loss of life (social cost = value of a statistical loss of life)!

The Part 115 proposal was issued in 2011. "Objectives: The primary policy objective for government action is to enhance further
improvements to aviation safety and to provide a reasonable level of safety assurance to passengers engaging in commercial adventure aviation activities. This can be
achieved by requiring commercial adventure aviation operators to manage risk-based safety systems, processes and procedures with an appropriate level of monitoring and
regulatory oversight by the CAA." Existing operators will be given time to apply (18mo in the case of glider ops), while new operators in the category must have all docs completed/approved at the time of application.
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Old March 7th 20, 09:03 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Sat, 07 Mar 2020 11:50:28 -0800, Duster wrote:


The Part 115 proposal was issued in 2011. "Objectives: The primary
policy objective for government action is to enhance further
improvements to aviation safety and to provide a reasonable level of
safety assurance to passengers engaging in commercial adventure aviation
activities. This can be achieved by requiring commercial adventure
aviation operators to manage risk-based safety systems, processes and
procedures with an appropriate level of monitoring and regulatory
oversight by the CAA." Existing operators will be given time to apply
(18mo in the case of glider ops), while new operators in the category
must have all docs completed/approved at the time of application.


That sounds quite open-ended. I can understand outfits like Glide Omarama
being affected by it, but does this impact gliding clubs and the trial
flights they provide?

And, out of curiosity, what other sports does it affect? Gokarting,
motorbike racing, point-to-point horse riding and hang gliding, to name
but a few, come to mind.


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Old March 7th 20, 09:19 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 3:03:59 PM UTC-6, Martin Gregorie wrote:
On Sat, 07 Mar 2020 11:50:28 -0800, Duster wrote:


The Part 115 proposal was issued in 2011. "Objectives: The primary
policy objective for government action is to enhance further
improvements to aviation safety and to provide a reasonable level of
safety assurance to passengers engaging in commercial adventure aviation
activities. This can be achieved by requiring commercial adventure
aviation operators to manage risk-based safety systems, processes and
procedures with an appropriate level of monitoring and regulatory
oversight by the CAA." Existing operators will be given time to apply
(18mo in the case of glider ops), while new operators in the category
must have all docs completed/approved at the time of application.


That sounds quite open-ended. I can understand outfits like Glide Omarama
being affected by it, but does this impact gliding clubs and the trial
flights they provide?

And, out of curiosity, what other sports does it affect? Gokarting,
motorbike racing, point-to-point horse riding and hang gliding, to name
but a few, come to mind.


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Gregorie | gregorie dot org



The regulators might not enjoy those sports as much as sailplanes.
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Old March 7th 20, 09:32 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Sat, 07 Mar 2020 13:19:35 -0800, Shaun Wheeler wrote:

The regulators might not enjoy those sports as much as sailplanes.


You mean their their favourite song is "You always hurt the one you
love?".


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Old March 8th 20, 10:18 AM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 10:03:21 PM UTC+13, Stephen Szikora wrote:
...their operation is going to be held to a higher standard since it is considered a commercial operation rather than a gliding club. Adventure aviation is a special category of commercial operators and covers ballooning, hang gliding, parachuting and microlight commercial operations.


Any chance that Omarama instructors will be required to hold Medical Certificates, and if so, what class of Medical Certificate?
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Old March 8th 20, 01:17 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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Adventure “aviation” offers a clue to what it covers. When go-karts can fly ... then they can be concerned.
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Old March 8th 20, 01:37 PM posted to rec.aviation.soaring
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On Sun, 08 Mar 2020 06:17:47 -0700, Stephen Szikora wrote:

Adventure “aviation” offers a clue to what it covers. When go-karts can
fly ... then they can be concerned.


You may have misunderstood me.

This new NZ regulatory effort seems to be aimed at reducing the cost to
the national health system of sports-related injuries of all types.

If that is its aim, then its very likely that it will affect more than
just aviation-related sports. IOW part 115 is aviation-related, but are
there other parts covering non-aviation sports and adventures?



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