IAOPA’s Andrew Andersen joins the General Aviation Advisory Network

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IAOPA’s Andrew Andersen joins the General Aviation Advisory Network

December 5, 2019 By Kreisha Ballantyne
Former AOPA Australia president, Andrew Andersen, has been appointed as the new chair of the General Aviation Advisory Network (GAAN). KREISHA BALLANTYNE reports.
 The GAAN provides a forum for industry representatives to work collaboratively in providing advice to government in response to pressures facing the GA sector.  Andrew also currently serves as Vice...
 The GAAN provides a forum for industry representatives to work collaboratively in providing advice to government in response to pressures facing the GA sector.  Andrew also currently serves as Vice President, Pacific Region, of the International Council of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Associations (IAOPA), the worldwide umbrella organisation working on global issues affecting general aviation, whose affiliates include AOPA Australia.

Members of the GAAN are selected based on their skills and expertise in the aviation industry, rather than their affiliation to a particular organisation. They come from a cross section of the diverse GA sector including training, manufacturing, maintenance, sport and recreation, rotorcraft and fixed wing aircraft, aerial application, remotely piloted aircraft systems and medical operations.

During May 2018, the GA Advisory Network finalised its General Aviation Flight Plan, the network’s 2018–19 work plan for the GA sector.

The plan has three priorities:

  • Articulate a long-term strategic outlook for general aviation in Australia.
  • Take into account stakeholder views on how air safety regulation can support general aviation through consistent and proportionally responsive administration.
  • Enhance general aviation industry capability through better workforce planning and access to airspace and infrastructure.
In October 2016, the then Minister for Infrastructure and Transport commissioned a study into general aviation in Australia. The study has outlined some of the key challenges facing general aviation and identified opportunities for the industry and Government to respond to these challenges. The study was publicly released on 20 December 2017.

At that time, the General Aviation Advisory Group, now named the General Aviation Advisory Network (GAAN), was first convened by the government.  Its primary purpose is to provide advice to the Minister for Infrastructure and Transport on matters affecting the General Aviation sector.

Andrew joins former AOPA Presidents Phillip Reiss and Marc de Stoop as a member of the GAAN.

AOPA Australia CEO Ben Morgan said, “I’m delighted to see Andrew join the GAAN, giving general aviation a more powerful voice to be heard. It’s great to see the  pressures on general aviation being acknowledged, and AOPA’s advocacy having a positive effect.”




Kreisha Ballantyne

Kreisha’s experience across various sectors of the aviation industry reflect her passion for general aviation. In previous editorial roles at AOPA Australian Pilot, Sport Pilot and AirSport, Kreisha has had the privilege of flying in – and writing about -a multitude of aircraft types, from a powered parachute to a PC12. Kreisha is currently a feature writer for Australian Flying magazine, as well as CASA’s Flight Safety Australia. As a private pilot, Kreisha has experienced an incredible array of aviation adventures, including flying solo across Australia in heels and lipstick to influence young female pilots; wing-walking on a vintage Stearman; flying in New Zealand, the UK, the USA and Austria; and interviewing a diverse and incredible cross-section of aviators. Now in her tenth year in the industry, she is delighted to continue her passion for writing about aviation as one of AOPA’s new digital editors.

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