Government advice on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and CAA information about continuing to operate as an aviation participant.

Page last updated 28 May 2020

For CAA information before 15 Apr 2020, see Earlier CAA COVID-19 information


Government information

Unite against COVID-19

Visit covid19.govt.nz(external link)     Government helpline 0800 779 997

Below are links to specific information on the Government COVID-19 website:

Alert Level 2 Travel and transport(external link) 07 May 2020

Alert Level 3 information(external link) 16 Apr 2020

Latest updates(external link)

Essential businesses(external link)

Looking after your mental wellbeing(external link)


CAA information

For civil aviation enquiries, email info@caa.govt.nz


Medical certification reminder

28 May 2020

Just a reminder to make your booking and renew your medical certificate 'soon as'. Don't wait until the COVID-19 provisions expire. Remember Medical Examiners have other patients as well, so make your appointment early.

A current Emergency Directive allows medical certificates with expiry dates between 26 March 2020 and 23 June 2020 to remain in force until 24 June 2020. But we anticipate that MEs will be extremely busy on or around the 23 June.

The Ministry of Health have advised that you can see your ME for an aviation medical examination under Alert Level 2, so what are you waiting for?


Expiration of Medical Certificates

19 May 2020

The CAA is consulting on a draft General Direction that will enable medical certificates with expiry dates between 26 March 2020 and 24 June 2020 to remain in force until 90 days following the original date of expiry. This will ensure a more even spread of renewals.

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Extension to IFR currency requirements

19 May 2020

This exemption extends the normal instrument rating currency requirements of CAR 61.807(a)(2) from 3 months to a maximum of 6 months. The exemption only applies to those pilots whose 3-month IR currency has lapsed or will lapse between 15 March 2020 and 30 July 2020. It anticipates the requirements of pilots needing to operate under IFR as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, and to ensure the currency of IR flight instructors and flight examiners to conduct essential currency checks for pilots whose currency lapsed before 15 March 2020.

The extension of currency is for 3 months or until 31 July 2020, whichever comes first. It’s recommended that when COVID-19 restrictions allow, IR pilots should aim to regain currency as soon as is reasonably practical. The granting of the extension is automatic and pilots do not need to apply to the CAA.

Any specific IR currency requirements under Parts 121, 125 and 135 are not covered by the exemption and must still be met. This exemption may be reviewed in light of any future fluctuations in COVID-19 restrictions.

20/EXE/113 Exemption from the requirement in Civil Aviation Rule 61.807(a)(2) [PDF 174 KB]


Booking flight tests with CAA examiners

18 May 2020

Great to be back flying, and for those of you with issue or renewal flight tests required to be done by a CAA flight examiner now is the time to plan well ahead. Level 2 travel restrictions, together with limited numbers of domestic flights, means that CAA examiners are not able to respond as quickly as normal to your requests for a test.

If you have a test due in a week’s time, simple logistics of the current situation means that it is unlikely we will be able to get to you. Travel is going to take longer and need more lead time to arrange. So now is the time to plan well ahead and use the full 60-day prior dispensation on your flight test due date to help us plan ahead. Please help us to help you by getting your request in as early as possible to ensure we can get your check done by the due date.


Extension to licence and rating currency requirements for aircrew and ATS personnel

14 May 2020

For those pilots currently operating with a currency extension issued under this exemption, FAQs have been updated to include advice for those undertaking renewals now allowed by level 2, and confirms the start date that will be applied for the new currency period.

This exemption applies to those people required by Civil Aviation Rule Parts 61, 63, 65, 115, 121, 125, 135 and 137 to maintain currency of their licences and ratings, including those operating overseas under foreign authority validation, and have a flight review, proficiency check or rating that has expired or expires between 15 March 2020 and 24 June 2020. The exemption gives a 3-month extension from the original date of expiry of the licence, rating or operational competency review, within which period the privileges of that licence, rating or operational competency review may continue to be exercised. The 3-month currency extension applies automatically and no application to the CAA is required. A further extension may be considered in due course if Level 3 and 4 COVID restrictions remain in force for an extended period of time.

20/EXE/56 Exemption from the requirements in Civil Aviation Rules, Parts 61, 63, 65, 115, 121, 135 and 137 [PDF 207 KB]

FAQs on the exemption to licence and rating currency requirements [PDF 41 KB] (updated 14 May 2020)


Getting back into the air

14 May 2020

Alert level 2 is upon us. As if you needed reminding. We know many of you are way ahead of the game in preparing to comply with COVID-19 rules, preparing your aircraft, and preparing yourselves. But a quick look at this information might just help you with the one thing you may have overlooked.

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Guidance for aviation activity under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 restrictions

12 May 2020

All aviation activity is permitted under Level 2 COVID-19 restrictions. All this activity must, however, comply with, and be conducted within, COVID-19 physical distancing rules and other Ministry of Health public health guidelines.

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Aircraft maintenance information updated

28 Apr 2020

Continuing Airworthiness Notice 05-011 and the related application form have been revised for COVID-19 Alert Level 3

CAN 05-011 Rev 1 Continuing Airworthiness of Aircraft in reduced operation due to COVID-19 Restrictions [PDF 45 KB]

24091-C19 Application for operation or maintenance of an aircraft during COVID-19 restrictions [DOCX 128 KB]


Alert Level 3 information for aviation

Updated 28 Apr 2020

Guidance on Alert Level 3 is available on the COVID-19 website(external link), the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website(external link), and the Ministry of Transport website(external link).

The table below pulls together the guidance relevant to aviation and provides information on what that means specifically for aviation participants. A set of FAQs has also been developed. 

Both the table and FAQs will be updated as needed, so please check back to see the latest information.

Summary table - What aviation activity can occur at Alert Level 3? [PDF 119 KB] - new document 28 Apr 2020

What aviation activity can occur at Alert Level 3? [PDF 143 KB] - updated 28 Apr 2020

FAQs - Alert Level 3 and aviation [PDF 154 KB] - updated 28 Apr 2020


Before your ‘essential maintenance’ flight

22 Apr 2020

The government is now allowing some flying – but only that which is authorised by the CAA. Vector Online has been speaking to CAA specialists about what to do before taking an essential maintenance flight.

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Safety education workshops

22 Apr 2020

The following workshops have been cancelled:

  • Airworthiness and Maintenance Workshop (24-25 March 2020 / 19-20 May 2020)
  • Aviation Safety Fundamentals Workshop (25-26 May 2020)
  • Inspection Authorisation (IA) certificate initial course (31 March to 02 April 2020)
  • Occurrence Investigation Workshop (29 May 2020)
  • Safety Management Systems Workshop (27-28 May 2020)

Our next safety education workshops are scheduled for July 2020. We’re monitoring developments with COVID-19 and will act in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines. We'll be in touch if anything changes with our planned delivery of these workshops.

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Mental wellbeing during COVID-19

21 Apr 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated restrictions have had, as the Flight Safety Foundation says, "a previously unimaginable impact on our industry … if you are not feeling well, or in control, or you think you are not coping, congratulations, you are normal!"

Read more ->


Applications under CAN 05-011

21 Apr 2020

Due to the high volume of requests received for authorisation under CAN 05-011, the CAA cannot answer telephone enquiries on the status of individual applications. We are processing them on a first-in first-served basis, but prioritising applications from commercial operators. Your patience is appreciated, especially as staff are working from home.

Please use airworthiness@caa.govt.nz for all these applications (they are registered and tracked).

Here's a direct link to the form: 24091-C19 Application for operation or maintenance of an aircraft during COVID-19 restrictions


Cargo in the cabin

20 Apr 2020 (document dated 17 Apr 2020)

The carriage of cargo in an airliner passenger cabin


Aircraft maintenance information

20 Apr 2020

Continuing Airworthiness Notice 05-011 Continuing Airworthiness of Aircraft in reduced operation due to COVID-19 Restrictions

CAA form 24091-C19 Application for operation or maintenance of an aircraft during COVID-19 restrictions


Aircraft maintenance

19 Apr 2020

The Director General of Health has approved the maintenance of aircraft under COVID-19 alert level 4 and other alert levels.

The CAA has been working for some time on an implementation plan to help facilitate this approval and will contact operators, and update this website, with full details Monday afternoon 20 April 2020.

Interim advice from the Ministry of Transport:

  1. All aircraft can now be maintained according to manufacturers’ maintenance instructions.
  2. Owners and/or operators wanting to maintain their aircraft must seek authorisation from the Civil Aviation Authority before being allowed to undertake maintenance.
  3. Owners and/or operators must supply the CAA with information regarding their aircraft and the proposed maintenance and how it will be carried out.
  4. Owners and/or operators will need to meet a clear set of criteria (determined by the CAA) to address identified risks before approval will be granted by the CAA.
  5. Owners and/or operators will still need to maintain all COVID-19 requirements around public health, including social distancing guidelines, washing of hands, and wearing personal protection equipment if appropriate.

Identifying aviation safety risks during COVID-19

17 Apr 2020

We encourage aviation companies to read a new document published by the Flight Safety Foundation, visit: COVID-19 Safety Toolkits(external link).

The PDF document is titled ‘Pandemic: Non-medical operational safety aspects, supplemental materials'. Consider how it applies to your business.

It can be used as an aid to help identify new and emerging aviation risks resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and guide your decision-making. The ‘road map’ is divided into three sections that consider continuing, reducing, ending, and re-establishing operations. Each section is further split into the following topics:

  • General considerations
  • Human factors
  • Flight operations
  • Air traffic services
  • Airports
  • MRO / maintenance
  • Ground operations
  • Manufacturers
  • Regulators

Continuing airworthiness issues

15 Apr 2020

The CAA is aware of many participants’ concerns about the continuing airworthiness of their aircraft during level 4. We know this is particularly worrying to non-essential services and recreational pilots.

We’re working with the Ministry of Transport on a solution. We think this will involve some form of prioritisation, which as yet is undefined. Any solution will also need to ensure the level 4 public health, and health and safety, controls are maintained.

We’ll update this information as soon as we can. In the meantime, unless you are an essential service, please fully abide by the level 4 requirements. It will help keep us all safe and well.


For CAA information before 15 Apr 2020, see Earlier CAA COVID-19 information