There are a number of participants overseas who are required to hold a current NZ Class 1 medical certificate and in some instances COVID restrictions have curtailed access to NZ CAA examiners.

We have developed some regulatory relief in a form of case by case exemptions.

The exemption, if granted will provide the applicant relief from the requirement in Civil Aviation Rule CAR 61.35(a)(1)(ii) that a person hold a current class 1 medical certificate issued under the Act.

The conditions for the exemption are:

  • Holds a current CASA class 1 medical certificate and complies with all the endorsements on the medical certificate
  • Provides a copy of the CASA class 1 medical certificate to the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
  • Adheres to the requirement in section 27C of the New Zealand Civil Aviation Act 1990 to advise the Director and cease to exercise their privileges if the licence holder is aware of, or has reasonable grounds to suspect, any change in his or her medical condition or the existence of any previously undetected medical condition that may interfere with the safe exercise of the privileges to which the medical certificate relates.

This exemption does not apply to applicants residing in New Zealand who are able to access a NZ medical examiner.

Applicants who currently hold a CASA class 1 medical certificate must apply for an exemption.

This exemption shall remain in effect until 31 December 2021, unless withdrawn earlier due to COVID restrictions relaxed.

Apply for an individual exemption 

Frequently asked questions

If I apply for an exemption will I be issued with a NZ CAA medical certificate?

No, you will be given an exemption from the requirement in Civil Aviation Rule 61.35(a)(1)(ii) to hold a New Zealand medical certificate. You must carry your CASA medical certificate and the exemption document with you when exercising the privileges of your New Zealand pilot’s licence.

 

If my exemption request is granted, what happens when my CASA medical certificate expires?

The exemption is valid until 31 December 2021. If your CASA medical certificate expires before that date and you cannot obtain a New Zealand CAA medical certificate, you must renew your CASA certificate and provide a copy of the renewed CASA medical certificate to the New Zealand CAA.

 

What should I carry with me as proof that I am exempt from holding a New Zealand medical certificate?

You must carry your CASA medical certificate and the exemption document.

 

Do I need to pay for CAA medical application fee?

You do not need to pay the New Zealand CAA medical application fee, however there are charges associated with processing the exemption petition, which are $284.00 per hour, including GST. You will also likely incur charges from CASA to apply for the medical certificate, and from the Australian Medical Examiner in connection with application and any related medical exams

 

What documents do I submit with my exemption petition?

  1. CASA medical certificate
  2. CASA medical application
  3. CASA examination document; and
  4. Any CASA letter sent to you that relates to your certificate.

 

What happens when the borders open – do I have to get a New Zealand medical certificate immediately?

We encourage all New Zealand medical certificate holders to obtain a New Zealand medical certificate as soon as practical after the borders open and restrictions ease. However, you may continue to exercise the privileges of your New Zealand licence with the CASA medical certificate for the duration of the exemption (31 December 2021). Please note that the exemption may be withdrawn by the Director before 31 December 2021 if the New Zealand CAA determines that there is no longer any difficulty accessing New Zealand Aviation Medical Examiners. If that occurs, you will be required to obtain a New Zealand medical certificate as dictated by the terms of the exemption withdrawal.

 

Can I choose to see a New Zealand Aviation Medical Examiner or a CASA Aviation Medical Examiner?

You should not apply for this exemption if you have access to a New Zealand Aviation Medical Examiner.

 

I reside in New Zealand, can I use a CASA class 1 medical certificate instead of a NZ class 1 medical certificate?

No, this does not apply to participants residing in New Zealand who are able to access a New Zealand Aviation Medical Examiner.

 

I already hold a CASA class 1 medical certificate – do I need to apply for an exemption?

Yes, individual participants must apply for an exemption.