Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
28 Feb 2012


For further information contact:

Senior Communications Adviser, Emma Peel
Tel: 04 560 9646, or 027 272 3545


AvKiwi safety seminar for pilotsAvKiwi Safety Seminar (logo)

It caused the world’s worst aviation accident killing 583 people, and it happens every day in New Zealand’s skies. An AvKiwi CAA safety seminar tackling radio confusion is coming to pilots at 30 locations around New Zealand.

Radio confusion caused the 1977 accident at Tenerife in which two Boeing 747 aircraft collided on the runway and burst into flames. Poor radio calls can lead to airspace busts, blocked runways, near misses and even collisions. Last year aircraft were reported as being in the wrong place in New Zealand skies almost 300 times. Poor communication is often the cause.

Every year the CAA hits the road with a safety message for all pilots. This year, pilots will learn what happens when radio communications go wrong, and what they can do about it. The AvKiwi Plane Talking roadshow is free and will reach 30 venues New Zealand-wide.

The series starts at New Plymouth on Monday, March 5, and finishes in June.

Details will be posted to the CAA website, and media are welcome to attend.

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