CAA Christmas hours

14 Dec 2022

The CAA office will be closed from 4pm Friday 23 December 2022 until 8am Monday 09 January 2022. To contact the CAA for any urgent matters, call +64 4 560 9400

This research was designed to measure perceptions of the CAA’s strategic performance and the quality of the CAA’s stakeholder relationships with a view of delivering insights to enhance stakeholder relationships and help guide the CAA’s strategic decision-making on regulatory, service delivery, and communications fronts.

The CAA talks drones

30 Nov 2022

Listen to our three interviews on drones in New Zealand: "If you fly a drone, you're a pilot", "BVLOS operations and the GA pilot", and "The business of drones".

Update 07 Nov 2022: Indications are that a global FD Pro issue affecting all operators using Jepp FD PRO means that Jepp FD PRO terminal and enroute data on iPads cannot be updated since 02 Nov. The AIRAC cycle changeover date was 03 Nov. Users who updated their devices before 02 Nov should be unaffected and can continue to use current FD PRO data.

The Civil Aviation Authority is employing a small team of specialists to help CAA technical experts update and improve advisory circulars (ACs). These are documents designed to break down the complexity of civil aviation rules and help aviation participants comply with them.

At the Aviation New Zealand conference in Wellington on 09 August, Louisa ‘Choppy’ Patterson was awarded the Civil Aviation Authority’s Director’s Commendation Award in recognition of her distinguished service and ongoing commitment to safety in the New Zealand aviation community.

What is a ‘Young Eagle’? Right now, there are about 350 of them, in 17 aero clubs around New Zealand. Most are between 14 and 18 years of age and they’re made of tough stuff. Many of them work multiple jobs, often at minimum wage, to fund their flying lessons, while also studying at secondary school or university. And they frequently go without many of the things that teens love to do or possess, in order to fly.

Have you seen Aviation Security’s Explosive Detector Dog teams on TV’s Dog Squad and thought that’s your dream job? For the first time in many years we are recruiting external applicants for our dog handler roles.  If you love the thought of having a four-legged teammate and enjoy working in a busy environment, then this could be the job you’ve been waiting for.

The Authority is introducing changes to our certification and re-certification processes, effective 1 April 2022. These are part of a wider review of our certification policy to ensure that it meets our intelligence-led and risk-based approach as described in our Regulatory Safety and Security Strategy.

The ‘insider threat’ is the potential for an employee to harm their own organisation – something the New Zealand aviation sector has not been immune to. In this Vector Online interview, we discuss the capacity of an employee at an airport whose behaviour threatens the security of aviation. We talk about what to look for, and what to do about what you see.

Lookout is one of the most important skills – if not the most important skill – a VFR pilot can master, particularly in the circuit. It sounds deceptively simple but there’s a whole heap of skills that go into looking out effectively.  Listen to four of the country’s most experienced instructors talk about how to do a good lookout, in this Vector Online audio article, “Why a good lookout is so critical”.

The Civil Aviation Authority’s mandate under the Civil Aviation Act 1990, is to regulate and ensure the safety and security of the aviation system. All aviation system participants are obliged to comply with civil aviation rules.

Safety investigators from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) have made seven safety recommendations following an extensive investigation into a fatal accident that occurred in September 2019. The accident involved an Italian-designed single engine aircraft with two people on board. It crashed into the Tararua range, near Eketahuna in the lower North Island, claiming the lives of the occupants.

We don’t want to be a Christmas Grinch but every year our Aviation Security Officers remove well-intended gifts and items from people’s luggage because the items aren’t safe to take on an aircraft.

As pilots climb back into the cockpit this summer, some of them won’t have flown for many months. If you suspect some of your flying skills may have been dulled by such a break,  consider a dual flight with an instructor, before your summer flying takes off. Listen to this Vector Online article, ‘Currency and competency’ as to why a dual flight is so important. There’s information there for instructors and aero clubs as well as for pilots.

Every year there’s a number of aircraft incidents where RCCNZ becomes involved some time after the accident, meaning a delay in launching search and rescue action. With the busy summer flying season nearly upon us, Senior Search and Rescue Officer Tracy Brickles encourages pilots and operators to notify the Rescue Coordination Centre no longer than 15 minutes after an aircraft is overdue.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has carefully considered the District Court judgment issued on 20 October in the matter of Graham Lindsay v the Director of Civil Aviation.

On Tuesday 5 October we were unable to receive external emails from 1200 – 1500 due to an issue with our email server as we were undertaking routine maintenance.

Radio calls are arguably second only to lookout in the critical basics of safe flying. Yet, complaints are widespread among pilots about the poor delivery of some of their fellow pilots’ calls.

The Civil Aviation Authority, including the Aviation Security Service, is seeing positive change since launching the Te Kākano culture change programme in June 2020, following the release of the Ministerial Review into organisational culture. While much has been achieved, we recognise that there is still work to do to ensure the Authority is a respectful, safe and inclusive place to work.