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CAA operational requirements of skydive paradise and correspondence regarding 2015 incident.

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From: David Benjamin

Dear Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand,
I request a copy of the aeronautical chart of the designated parachute
landing area at the Glenorchy airstrip for skydive paradise and any conditions that are applicable to the company.
I request all correspondence between skydive paradise and CAA regarding the 2015 incident,including CAA's conclusion/recommendations on the matter.

Yours faithfully,
David Benjamin.

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17/OIR/211

Dear Mr Benjamin

Official Information Act 1982 Request

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information dated
10 May 2017, in which you asked for information concerning Skydive
paradise. 

I would like to discuss your request with you and ask that you
contact me on 04-5609472.

 

Thanks,

Tom Wheeler | Official Information & Privacy Advisor

Legal Services

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand | Aviation Security Service

Te Mana Rererangi Tūmatanui o Aotearoa | Kaiwhakamaru Rererangi

Level 15 | Asteron Centre | 55 Featherston Street | Wellington | 6011

PO Box 3555 | Wellington | 6140

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Dear Mr Benjamin,

 

Can you please contact the CAA as soon as possible to clarify your
request?

More particulars are required to be able to understand your request.

 

Thanks,

Tom Wheeler | Official Information & Privacy Advisor

Legal Services

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand | Aviation Security Service

Te Mana Rererangi Tūmatanui o Aotearoa | Kaiwhakamaru Rererangi

Level 15 | Asteron Centre | 55 Featherston Street | Wellington | 6011

PO Box 3555 | Wellington | 6140

(DDI): (04) 560 9472 (Ext): 4472

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Dear Mr Benjamin,

 

I refer to your request for information submitted via fyi.co.nz on 10 May
2017.

The CAA has made multiple attempts to clarify your request and make sure
that it meets the due particularity requirement of section 12(2) of the
Official Information Act 1982.

Please contact the CAA as soon as practicable on [1][email address], or
you can contact me directly on 04 560-9472, in order to discuss your
request.

Alternatively you could provide more detail concerning your request on
FYI.

 

Thanks,

Tom Wheeler | Official Information & Privacy Advisor

Legal Services

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand | Aviation Security Service

Te Mana Rererangi Tūmatanui o Aotearoa | Kaiwhakamaru Rererangi

Level 15 | Asteron Centre | 55 Featherston Street | Wellington | 6011

PO Box 3555 | Wellington | 6140

(DDI): (04) 560 9472 (Ext): 4472

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From: David Benjamin

Dear OIA,
I require the email address of Tom Wheeler, CAA please.

Yours sincerely,

David Benjamin

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Dear Mr Benjamin,

 

I have access to the email address registered with FYI.

You may send an email to that address or call me on 04 560-9472.

 

Thanks,

Tom Wheeler | Official Information & Privacy Advisor

Legal Services

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand | Aviation Security Service

Te Mana Rererangi Tūmatanui o Aotearoa | Kaiwhakamaru Rererangi

Level 15 | Asteron Centre | 55 Featherston Street | Wellington | 6011

PO Box 3555 | Wellington | 6140

(DDI): (04) 560 9472 (Ext): 4472

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From: David Benjamin

Dear OIA,
What needs clarifying?

Yours sincerely,

David Benjamin

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Dear Mr Benjamin,

 

Can you please give further particulars for “the 2015 incident”?

The CAA proposes to interpret “any conditions that are applicable to the
company” as ‘what limitations and conditions are on the Operation
Specification applicable to Skydive Paradise’. Would this interpretation
meet your intended request?

 

Thanks,

Tom Wheeler | Official Information & Privacy Advisor

Legal Services

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand | Aviation Security Service

Te Mana Rererangi Tūmatanui o Aotearoa | Kaiwhakamaru Rererangi

Level 15 | Asteron Centre | 55 Featherston Street | Wellington | 6011

PO Box 3555 | Wellington | 6140

(DDI): (04) 560 9472 (Ext): 4472

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From: David Benjamin

Dear OIA,
So I take it Tom there is no record of an incident pertaining to skydive paradise in 2015?
If you contact Greg Baum (CAA) he can forward my email to you regarding the above.
Any rules/ conditions that apply to the company specifically at the Glenorchy airstrip would be appreciated,
As in my initial request, I would also like to be able to view the aeronautical chart of the designated landing area at the Glenorchy airstrip.
Thanks, David.

Yours sincerely,

David Benjamin

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17/OIR/211

Dear Mr Benjamin,

Official Information Act 1982 Request

I refer to your request submitted via FYI.org.nz on 10 May 2017 requesting
the following information from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA):

·         A copy of the aeronautical chart for Glenorchy airstrip,
including the parachute landing area;

·         Any conditions that are applicable to Skydive paradise; and

·         All correspondence between CAA and Skydive Paradise regarding a
2015 incident, including CAA conclusions/recommendations on the matter.

 

Copy of Aeronautical chart

Aeronautical charts are available online on the Aeronautical Information
Publication New Zealand website. The following link will direct you to the
Glenorchy airstrip’s aeronautical chart -
[1]http://www.aip.net.nz/pdf/NZGY.pdf.

Conditions the are applicable to Skydive Paradise

On 23 May you clarified your request as ‘any rules/conditions that apply
to that company specifically at the Glenorchy Airstrip’. Disclosure of the
conditions of an operation would be likely to unreasonably prejudice the
commercial position of the operator, therefore the CAA is withholding this
information pursuant to section 9(2)(b)(ii) of the Act.

Correspondence between Skydive Paradise and the CAA regarding a 2015
incident

The only correspondence between the CAA and Skydive Paradise was the
submission of an occurrence report, as is required by Part 12 of the Civil
Aviation Rules. The CAA has decided to withhold this occurrence report
pursuant to section 9(2)(ba)(i) as information is subject to an obligation
of confidence and making available the information would be likely to
prejudice the supply of similar information, and it is in the public
interest that such information should continue to be supplied.

The CAA did not investigate the occurrence and therefore did not note any
conclusions or recommendations; however the operator is required to
investigate under Part 12.

 

If you would like to make a complaint

You have the right to make a complaint to the Ombudsman to seek an
investigation and review of the CAA’s decision. The Ombudsman’s contact
details are:

Address:          The Ombudsman

                            Office of the Ombudsmen

                            PO Box 10152

                            Wellington 6143

Phone/Fax:     0800 802 602 / (04) 471 2254

Email:                [2][email address]

Website:          [3]http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/make-...

 

 

If you have any queries about your request, please contact me at
[4][CAA request email] or on (04) 560 9472.

Thanks,

Tom Wheeler | Official Information & Privacy Advisor

Legal Services

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand | Aviation Security Service

Te Mana Rererangi Tūmatanui o Aotearoa | Kaiwhakamaru Rererangi

Level 15 | Asteron Centre | 55 Featherston Street | Wellington | 6011

PO Box 3555 | Wellington | 6140

(DDI): (04) 560 9472 (Ext): 4472

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From: David Benjamin

Dear OIA,
So you are saying CAA approve of skydiving over Glenorchy.

Yours sincerely,

David Benjamin

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Dear Mr Benjamin,

 

The CAA have approved the operator associated with the Glenorchy airstrip
parachute landing area to be able to conduct commercial tandem skydive
operations.

Private and sport parachute operations have oversight from the New Zealand
Parachute Industry Association and New Zealand Parachute Organisation.

 

Thanks,

Tom Wheeler | Official Information & Privacy Advisor

Legal Services

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand | Aviation Security Service

Te Mana Rererangi Tūmatanui o Aotearoa | Kaiwhakamaru Rererangi

Level 15 | Asteron Centre | 55 Featherston Street | Wellington | 6011

PO Box 3555 | Wellington | 6140

(DDI): (04) 560 9472 (Ext): 4472

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From: David Benjamin

Dear OIA,
To clarify Tom,
the town of Glenorchy is in the Glenorchy airstrip parachute landing area, therefore the operator is legally entitled to land,controlled or otherwise, on our residential property in Glenorchy.

Yours sincerely,

David Benjamin

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Dear OIA,
Awaiting your reply Tom.

Yours sincerely,

David Benjamin

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Dear Mr Benjamin,

 

The following link contains information about parachute landing areas:

[1]http://www.aip.net.nz/pdf/NZANR_Part_71_...(PLA).pdf.

 

Thanks,

Tom Wheeler | Official Information & Privacy Advisor

Legal Services

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand | Aviation Security Service

Te Mana Rererangi Tūmatanui o Aotearoa | Kaiwhakamaru Rererangi

Level 15 | Asteron Centre | 55 Featherston Street | Wellington | 6011

PO Box 3555 | Wellington | 6140

(DDI): (04) 560 9472 (Ext): 4472

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From: David Benjamin

Dear OIA,
I'm currently asking you to be specific in answering my last question dated June 22 2017 Tom.

Yours sincerely,

David Benjamin

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Dear Mr Benjamin,

 

As shown in the AIP linked previously, the ‘Parachute Landing Area’ is the
Glenorchy Aerodrome.

As shown in the AIP linked in response to your initial request, the town
of Glenorchy is not in the Glenorchy Aerodrome. Google maps shows it
around 3km outside Glenorchy.

Therefore I believe that the information previously provided answers your
question.

Thanks,

Tom Wheeler | Official Information & Privacy Advisor

Legal Services

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand | Aviation Security Service

Te Mana Rererangi Tūmatanui o Aotearoa | Kaiwhakamaru Rererangi

Level 15 | Asteron Centre | 55 Featherston Street | Wellington | 6011

PO Box 3555 | Wellington | 6140

(DDI): (04) 560 9472 (Ext): 4472

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From: David Benjamin

Dear Tom Wheeler,
Hi Tom, in reference to Greg Baum's email to me that I referred you to on this site dated may 23rd, 2017.
Greg stated - "In a southerly wind, parachutes must exit the airplane over the area closer to the town to achieve a safe landing."
On the day of the 2015 incident, the wind was from the north-west direction, the predominant wind here.
Wind direction would appear to be of little consequence over the 3 kilometres of distance you referred to from Glenorchy to the airstrip, therefore there is no need for the sky divers to exit the plane so close to the town, let alone over it, which is often the case.
Greg also stated - "Our primary concern is for the parachutists, and the public on the ground."
Under the current circumstances, as the public's safety is being compromised,
( ie jumping over the town ) CAA is not following it's own guidelines.
Greg's last statement was - "Safety measures were put in place after the 2015 incident."
As these were not part of the investigation information, I would like to know what those safety measures were.
For now ,
David.

Yours sincerely,

David Benjamin

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