Anyone setting up an aviation business in New Zealand, whether large or small, needs CAA approval to operate.
There are two groups in the CAA specifically set up to help you through the certification process and to ensure you maintain standards once you get certificated. The Airline Group deals with large operations, while the General Aviation Group focuses its attentions on small aeroplanes and helicopters.
Prospective Part 135 operators are encouraged to email any inquiries about certification to: RotaryandAg.Administrator@caa.govt.nz
The certification and operating requirements for helicopters and small aeroplanes involved in air operations are covered in Civil Aviation Rule Parts 119 and 135, and related Advisory Circulars provide explanatory information and examples of ways to comply with these Rules.
The following Civil Aviation Rules are applicable to the following types of general aviation operations:
- Powered Aircraft - Parts 91 and 103
- Microlight Aircraft - Parts 91 and 103
- Gliders - Parts 91 and 104
- Hang Gliders/Paragliders - Parts 91 and 106
- Helicopter External Load Operations - Parts 91 and 133
- Agricultural Aircraft Operations - Parts 91 and 137
- Adventure Aviation - Part 115
Fit and Proper Person Process
All applications for individual aviation documents, and for senior persons for organisations are required to use the 24FPP form below. Use this link for more information on the FPP Process.
New Zealand Helicopter Safety Survey
This survey was developed for all participants in the New Zealand helicopter sector and was carried out through January/February 2016. The purpose of the survey was to gather feedback on the factors that influence the safety performance of helicopter operations in New Zealand.
The survey is now closed, and we would like to thank everyone who participated. We will bring you results as soon as possible.
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- Part 135 Sector Risk Profile
- Wire Strike Avoidance
- Call Signs
- Emergency Flight Notification and Report (Required under Civil Aviation Act 1990, Section 13A)
- Review of Joining Procedures at Uncontrolled Aerodromes
- Address for Service
- Rotary operations - certification matrices & forms
- Fixed-wing operations - certification matrices & forms
- Guidance for the production of a Synthetic Flight Trainer Manual (SFTM) (PDF)
- Maintenance Controller Courses
- Helicopter Frost Protection - Information for the public, winegrowers, and helicopter pilots
- CAA Surveillance
- Safety Management Systems (SMS)
- Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) - previously referred to as UAV and UAS
- Sport and Recreation
- Adventure Aviation (Part 115)
- Prohibition Notice (PDF)
Helicopters with a Special Category Airworthiness Certificate / External Load Operations [128 Kb]
All agricultural aircraft operators were invited to sector meetings held in May 2014 to discuss the 16 risks identified in the Agricultural Aviation Sector Risk Profile. Operational and training standards were proposed at these meetings, as a means of treating risks 3 and 9. Topics for these standards were discussed and are summarised in the following two documents. Draft standards are now under development. Further consultation with the sector will occur once the drafts have been written.
Agricultural companies and pilots may be put at risk when fertiliser condition is not optimal due to manufacture, transportation, or storage factors, or when working from airstrips which are not fit for the purpose. The publication below provides information about farm airstrips and the farmer's role in providing an adequate and reasonable strip and an appropriate fertiliser storage facility. It also includes information for fertiliser manufactures and transporters, and aviation companies and pilots. It was produced with consultation between Federated Farmers, the Department of Labour, New Zealand Agricultural Aviation Association, the CAA, and others.
Agricultural Aircraft Accident Safety Concerns (PDF) May 2010
Agricultural Aircraft Safety Review - Dec 08
Aircraft Maintenance Organisations
Aviation Training Organisations
- MetFlight GA - Meteorological information for recreational pilots
- Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 - CAA as a Designated Agency
- Minimum Equipment Lists
- GA Defects
- Maintenance Programme Template (Word)
- Aviation Spectrum Group
- Certificated Organisations
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Fatigue Risk Management
- Missing Aircraft Detection and Location - Technology and System Status Review 2010 (PDF)
- Safety Information Policy - The Collection and Use of Safety Information (PDF)