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Civil Aviation Appointments

8 September 2000 Media Statement

Civil Aviation Appointments

The Minister of Transport Mark Gosche announced three appointments to the board of the Civil Aviation Authority today.

New appointments are aviation experts John Gabriel and Gordon Vette.

Catherine Hales has been reappointed deputy chairwoman. A consultant with a sound knowledge of the aviation industry she will serve a further one-year term.

“The Civil Aviation Authority has an important role in ensuring aviation safety. I am pleased that people of this calibre have agreed to make their particular experience available in the public sector," said Mr Gosche.

Mr Gabriel and Mr Vette both have extensive aviation experience both in New Zealand and abroad. They have each been appointed for a three-year term.

Mr Gabriel began his career as a RNZAF Pilot, and subsequently served with the then National Airways Corporation, Air New Zealand and Thai Airways International. Mr Gabriel was a flight simulator instructor with Air New Zealand Ltd until his retirement in August 1999.

Gordon Vette also commenced his flying career with the RNZAF and worked for a time with Air New Zealand. He is well known for his work in the area of pilot training.

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