Government advice on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) and CAA information about continuing to operate as an aviation participant.
Page last updated 05 Apr 2020
Visit covid19.govt.nz(external link) Government helpline 0800 779 997
For civil aviation enquiries, email email@example.com
05 Apr 2020
Re-certificating organisations under COVID-19 restrictions
Our staff aren’t able to carry out re-certification assessments in the usual way. So for now we’re going to use desktop risk-based assessments.
If your organisation has an upcoming certificate renewal, the CAA will get in touch with you. We’ll ask you to provide us with relevant information on the current state of your organisation. If your organisation is successful, it will be re-certificated for a period of six to twelve months. The actual period will depend on future CAA certification workload.
Desktop re-certifications will be free of charge.
This process, however, does not apply to new certifications. Under the current restrictions, we can’t make any on-site inspections, so it’s unlikely we’ll be able to carry out any assessments for new certifications.
Delaying the implementation of upcoming safety management systems
The CAA will contact organisations that have not yet had their safety management systems certificated to discuss delaying their date of SMS implementation.
These deferrals will be free of charge.
Organisations who take up this offer will still need to get their SMS certification completed before 01 Feb 2022.
01 Apr 2020
If you are a recreational drone pilot, and want to fly your drone in your own back yard during COVID-19 Alert Level 4, you are able to do so. However, at all times you must comply with Civil Aviation Rules, Part 101 regarding recreational drone use.
You must remain in your isolation “bubble”, and please don’t annoy your neighbours. Make sure you consider other people’s privacy when flying your drone, so don’t fly over your neighbour’s property unless you have their permission to do so. Be aware that, if your drone lands outside your property for any reason, it will be very difficult to retrieve it because of the Alert Level 4 restrictions. You can’t just go over to your neighbour’s place to get it, nor can your neighbour, or anyone else, pass it back to you as both of these actions would breach the level 4 restrictions. You cannot fly your drone in public spaces like parks, reserves or at the beach during Alert Level 4, so any flying must be restricted to your own back yard.
Alert Level 4 restrictions also apply to those organisations holding Part 102 Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certificates, unless operating in direct support of an organisation providing an essential service, and only when the activity directly contributes to the provision of that essential service, or is necessary for that essential service to continue.
If in doubt, stay grounded – it’s the safest thing to do and will help ensure you comply with the Alert Level 4 requirements. Remember, stay safe, stay in your bubble, and unite against COVID-19.
31 Mar 2020
This temporary petition form can be used to raise an issue relating to a rule that has been impacted due to COVID-19, and does not fall into one of the other regulatory relief categories.
30 Mar 2020
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.
28 Mar 2020
New Zealand is at COVID-19 alert Level 4, which includes severe restrictions on travel. This guidance from the Ministry of Transport provides information about essential transport services.
27 Mar 2020
This Emergency Directive is issued in response to the situation created by COVID-19, and in particular, the increase to Level 4 of the COVID-19 alert system from 11:59 Wednesday 25 March 2020. This Emergency Directive is necessary to provide relief from certain requirements of Civil Aviation Rule Parts 61.35, 63.23 and 65.25, without compromising civil aviation safety.
26 Mar 2020
Please send all correspondence, application forms, and supporting documents to us electronically, rather than posting hard copy. CAA staff are working from home and we can then process your enquiry or application sooner.
What we are doing to support you (26 Mar 2020)
Is this considered an essential service? (26 Mar 2020)
We have received a number of calls from agricultural aviation operators seeking clarification on whether they are included within the definition of essential services, with respect to the application of COVID Alert Level 4. Please be aware that these decisions are not CAA’s to make – the definition of essential services is being led at a whole-of-government level. We can, however, provide the following clarification:
The entire food supply chain is classified as essential. As long as food suppliers consider the activity being undertaken by agricultural aviation operators is essential to maintain adequate supplies of food then the activity will be classified as essential, as will any maintenance activity necessary to enable that activity to continue. However, this does not provide a blanket approval for agricultural aviation operators to carry on as normal. They are only able to undertake those activities necessary to maintain adequate supplies of food. This also applies to maintenance providers, they are only able to perform those maintenance activities necessary to maintain adequate supplies of food.
Clarification about private flying (25 Mar 2020)
The Wellington head office of the Civil Aviation Authority and the Aviation Security Service at Asteron Centre will be closed until further notice due to COVID-19.
Staff are working from home and are available by email and mobile as usual. All meetings are being organised and conducted by telephone or Skype. You can still call reception as our operators are available. Call the CAA on 04 560 9400, or Avsec on 04 495 2430.
The following workshops have been cancelled:
Our next safety education workshops are scheduled for May 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.