WE TRIED TO SHARE
Our efforts to keep the airfield as a shared community space, as it has been for 78 years FAILED.There was no support from the pilot community or Waikato District Council. They were determined to privatize the airfield for the exclusive recreational use of non resident pilots.We are now focusing our energies on closing the Raglan Airfield.This guarantees public safety and opens the doors to relocating the soccer fields and other transformative community initiatives.
ACTION & PROTEST SUPPORT
PUBLIC SAFETY HAS BEEN SACRIFICED FOR PILOT CONVENIENCE
The safety improvements implemented by Waikato District Council have sacrificed public safety for pilot convenience.The Mike Haines report presented no data or incidents to support his recommendation to build a fence.He did not measure, quantify or compare the level of public risk vs pilot risk in the safety equation.It appears that the report was written to support a predetermined decision.
This plane went through the fence at the end of the runway and 100m into the next paddock.
THE TROJAN HORSE
This 2019 CAA safety message to PILOTS was used and manipulated by Waikato District Council to justify the unnecessary changes and privatization of the Raglan Airfield.This safety message was a reminder to pilots to follow the rules and published circuit directions.It was not directed to the operators or managers of the airfields in New Zealand.
The Work and Safety Act 2015 has nothing to do with safety and compliance at the Raglan Airfield.More disinformation created by WDC.
The CAA did not issue a notice to all Aerodromes regarding safety and compliance with the Civil Aviation Act 1990 and Safety at Work Act 2015.These two Acts were not mentioned in the 2019 CAA Safety Message, because there was no mandate for aerodromes to do anything.Pilots died because they did not follow the safety rules when joining or vacating an uncontrolled or unattended aerodrome.
THE FAILED FENCE
The fence was not designed by Mike Haines or an aviation draftsman at the CAA.This is misleading and an attempt to shift the blame for the failed fence.The fencing contractor told me that he designed the fence and suggested the wire mesh material to save money.
The fence has failed to stop people from climbing and crossing the middle of the airfield as we have done safely for 78 years.Over 1,000 people have climbed or walked through the cut fence after it was installed on the 20th December 2021.
KAMIKAZE PILOTS TWICE
19th December 2021
26th December 2021
Both of these egregious attacks were reported to Waikato District Council and CAA.There have been no investigations, no incident reports, no safety improvements and no pilot consequences.
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