What we are doing to support you

Updated 25 Aug 2021

As a result of the extension of New Zealand’s current Alert Level 4 restrictions we have reinstated the regulatory relief package we put in place in March 2020. We appreciate that this is a difficult and uncertain time for operators and participants and we are conscious that other issues may arise for you which are either unique to your operation or which we haven’t addressed through the measures below.

If you foresee the inability to comply with a safety regulatory requirement due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, then please engage with us early. We will take a flexible and pragmatic approach to working with you and assisting you to find solutions to the challenges you face.

Current regulatory relief measures

  • If you have an organisational certificate expiring between the 23rd of August 2021 and the 28th of February 2022 (this includes certificates issued under Parts 19F, 92, 109, 115, 119, 137, 139, 140, 141, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 171, 172, 173, 174 and 175) the CAA will carry out a process to assess the issue of a new certificate for a period of up to 12 months from the date of expiry of your current certificate; that issue subject to the satisfactory completion of an assessment that shows that there are no significant safety concerns in doing so. This will be carried out through a desktop-based risk assessment and review of the intelligence and information held by the CAA for your organisation, and receipt of an acceptable declaration by the CEO of your organisation. There will be no charges associated with this assessment and the issuing of the new certificate.  You will need to submit a declaration form, CAA RR/01, to initiate this process. You can access the CAA RR/01 form here.
  • If you have an upcoming Safety Management System implementation date and have not yet been certificated you will already hold an exemption for that implementation date.  If you have not yet had an on-site SMS certification inspection then that exemption will be revised to a new implementation date in 2022.  There will be no charges associated with the amendment of your current exemption and issue of a revised SMS implementation date.
  • We have extended the general exemption (see CAA website) for licence holders who have upcoming currency requirements, flight reviews, proficiency checks, or training and checking requirements (including for ATS licence holders) which are due between 18 August 2021 and 18 February 2022. It is expected, however, that these requirements are completed as soon as practical. The exemption is not intended to be utilised for the full period, unless it is not possible to complete the requirements due to mandated restrictions. Please see the exemption itself for specific details(external link).
  • We have also extended the general exemption (see CAA website) which relates to the three-month currency requirements for instrument ratings required by CAR 61.807(a)(2), for pilots with an instrument rating currency date lapsing between 18 August 2021 and 18 February 2022. Similarly, it is expected that these requirements are completed as soon as practical, and that the exemption is not intended to be utilised for the full period, unless it is not possible to complete the requirements due to mandated restrictions. Please see the exemption for specific details(external link).