This past week the association has welcomed the AOPA New Zealand Board of Directors to our membership, seeking to keep our counterparts across the Tasman up-to-date with all of our advocacy, events and editorial.
“AOPA Australia warmly welcomes our New Zealand counterparts to our growing membership and is excited to be building a stronger relationship with our friends across the Tasman. It is very important that we seek to share our advocacy initiatives and experiences, our successes and our failures, encouraging discussion and debate with our closest aviation neighbors”, AOPA Australia Executive Director Benjamin Morgan.
“Australia and New Zealand ultimately share a range of reform concerns, with CASA and the New Zealand CAA closely collaborating on key matters. It is important that our two AOPA’s develop a strong trans-tasman reform strategy to meet these varying challenges head-on”, he said.
“AOPA New Zealand thoroughly enjoyed spending time with AOPA Australia at the recent Wings Over Illawarra airshow, gaining a better understanding of the various initiatives currently underway in Australia. From this meeting, we are now working in partnership to strengthen the information flow between our two associations. The more we can share and learn from each others experiences, the stronger we are and the better able we are to advocate for our freedom to fly”, AOPA New Zealand President Mr Steven Brown.
“Both New Zealand and Australia have a great opportunity to use our advocacy experience to achieve local outcomes, whilst helping the International AOPA shape and drive ICAO reforms that benefit the global community”, he said.