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.

It’s nearly two months since the amended Part 61 Private Licences and Ratings came into effect. The changes meant pilot licence holders could operate an aircraft on a Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency DL9 medical certificate.

The Civil Aviation Authority is reminding paraglider pilots to stay inside the weight range for their equipment and continue to familiarise themselves with local conditions before they take flight, as the safety investigation report into a fatal paragliding accident is released today.

As part of the latest amendment to the Part 61 rules (Pilot Licences and Ratings) which took effect on 5 April 2021, an error was made which had the effect of reducing the time period for maintaining IFR currency from 3 months to 60 days. We are planning to correct this error in an upcoming rules amendment, but in the meantime are recommending particpants follow the affected rules as they previously stood.

The Aviation Security Service (Avsec) is introducing new technology that will reduce the risk of viruses and bacteria, including the potential for COVID-19 transmission, at airport passenger screening points across the country.

New Zealand’s aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is closely aligned with regional and global aviation authorities in supporting the move to allow Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft to return to the skies.

The lights you’re shining on your house to spread holiday cheer could also pose a hazard to pilots flying overhead.