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CONFERENCE 2016
Sport and Recreational Flying at its best!

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Conference 2016.

The RNZAC Annual General Meeting, the RNZAC Instructor Association Annual General Meeting, the FAI annual meeting and the Flying NZ Conference and Conference Presentation Dinner, were held at the Hamilton Airport Conference Centre on Friday the 8th of July 2016.

The theme of this year's conference was "Growing the Pie"

At the Friday evening Presentation Dinner, the Flying NZ annual Safety Award, the Flying NZ Service Awards and the prestigious FAI Sports Medal presentations were be made.

The Guest Speaker for the Presentation Dinner was Captain David Bennett, Fleet Manager Airbus A320 and President of the Auckland Aero Club.

The Conference was held on Saturday 9th of July with 24 Clubs in attendance.

 

 


Vice President Paul Drake and
President Rob George open the
Annual General Meeting



Conference Review

Wendy McPhail our Conference keynote speaker challenged us to have the courage to grow through change and accept that the Aero Club “customer” of today is going to want a more professional customer experience than they have in the past.
She also challenged us to look at how we use and embrace technology. If we can book an international flight, hotel and activities on our smartphones, is it realistic to expect new customers or existing members to make phone calls to book a flight experience?
If through providing an amazing customer experience everyone who enjoyed a trial flight came back for one more lesson, that would be positive for Sport and Recreational flying.
What about if some people only wanted to learn until they had flown solo?  It’s not our traditional model but if it’s done safely and gets people involved, which in turn generates revenue for clubs and opportunities for members, it is not a bad thing?