The New Zealand Gliding Association was founded in 1947 and renamed 'Gliding New Zealand' in August 2000. GNZ is authorised by New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority that allows it to conduct flying training courses for pilots, instructors, engineers, and tow pilots, conduct competency assessments, authorise glider maintenance and to administer the associated personnel certification processes. It also
- Liaises with government agencies, in particular with the Civil Aviation Authority
- Encourages competitions
- Liaises with international gliding organisations
- Promotes the sport of gliding
GNZ has 27 constituent members (clubs and schools), who represent about 900 pilots and operate over 360 gliders. GNZ represents 8% of all registered aircraft in New Zealand.
GNZ annually elects an Executive Committee (President, Vice President and three Members) and a Secretary. Persons appointed to the following positions assist the Executive Committee:
- Operations Officer
- Airworthiness Officer
- Airspace Officer
- Executive Officer
Each of the National Officers is supported by appointed Committee members who have responsibility for the various regions of New Zealand. GNZ officers conduct on-going audits of operational and maintenance activities. There are additionally a number of other appointees such as the Medical Officer, Awards Officer, Quality Manager, Publicity Officer, and the Webmaster.
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