All agricultural aircraft operators must hold a certificate under the:

The assessment process takes time. How long depends on the complexity of your operation and the accuracy of the information you provide. Make sure your application form and documents are complete because we’ll only start our assessment once they are. Find CAA forms here and advisory circulars here.

It’s useful to contact us before submitting your application, so we can discuss your proposed operation and the application and assessment process. Early engagement also helps us to plan and schedule the assessment.

1. Use 24137-01ISSUE to apply

Email us your completed application for issue and documents to certification@caa.govt.nz

You have to submit your application at least 90 days before the proposed start date of your operation, but our assessment can take longer.

No payment is required at the time you apply. We’ll invoice you during and at the end of the assessment for CAA’s hours taken at the CAA standard hourly rate.

2. Documents required for your type of operation

You must also email us the documents below (if required for your type of operation) with your application for issue.

If your operation is a registered company, incorporated society, or limited partnership

  • Companies Office certificate of incorporation

Types of operation

  • Documented procedures for:
    • Wand spraying
    • Agricultural pilot training
    • Agricultural pilot competency checks

Senior persons (fit and proper person (FPP) requirements)

  • For each senior person, either FPP questionnaire or FPP declaration, and the information required
  • For a proposed new chief pilot, a completed 24137-02 [DOCX 255 KB] Part 137 nomination of chief pilot

See the table below about which FPP form to use and the information required. Note: The government agency reports can take 8 weeks or more to get.

Also check your proposed senior persons meet the qualifications and experience requirements of Part 137 Appendix C.

FPP form to use Information required

24FPP questionnaire must be completed by a senior person:

  • who is a new senior person, or
  • if their last FPP questionnaire is dated more than 5 years ago, or
  • if their last FPP questionnaire is dated less than 5 years ago, but their FPP questionnaire information and required information has changed
  • CV
  • Proof of identify
  • Proof of address for service
  • Criminal conviction check (Ministry of Justice)
  • Traffic safety offence history report (Waka Kotahi)
24FPPDEC declaration is completed by a senior person if their last FPP questionnaire is dated less than 5 years ago and their FPP questionnaire information and required information hasn’t changed 
  • Updated CV

Operator safety management documentation

  • Proposed safety management documentation (which can be one document with sections or separate documents), setting out the information required by rule 137.160, including for your system of safety management under rule 100.3

Read advisory circular AC100-1 Safety management.

Rule checklists

It's important to keep your rule checklists up-to-date to support your renewal and amendment applications.

3. Prepare for a site inspection

Make sure your documents are available and up-to-date and senior persons are available to be interviewed. Your senior persons must fully understand the functions and duties of their role and your organisation’s safety management documentation.

1. Use 24137-01RENEWAL to apply

Email us your completed application for renewal and documents to certification@caa.govt.nz

You have to submit your renewal application at least 60 days before the expiry date on your current certificate, but our assessment can take longer.

No payment is required at the time you apply. We’ll email you invoices during and at the end of the assessment for CAA’s hours taken at the CAA standard hourly rate.

2. Documents required for proposed amendments

You must also email us the documents below for proposed amendments (if required for your type of operation) with your application for renewal.

If your operation is a registered company, incorporated society, or limited partnership and the legal name has changed

Companies Office certificate of incorporation

Types of operation

  • Your documented procedures (highlight or Track Change proposed amendments) for:
    • Wand spraying
    • Agricultural pilot training
    • Agricultural pilot competency checks

Senior persons (fit and proper person (FPP) requirements)

  • For each senior person, either a completed FPP questionnaire or FPP declaration, and information required
  • For a proposed new chief pilot, a completed 24137-02 [DOCX 255 KB] Part 137 nomination of chief pilot

See the tables below about which FPP form to use and the information required. Note: The government agency reports can take 8 weeks or more to get.

Also check your proposed senior persons meet the qualifications and experience requirements of Part 137 Appendix C.

24FPP questionnaire must be completed by a senior person:

Information required
  • who is a new senior person, or
  • if their last FPP questionnaire is dated more than 5 years ago, or
  • if their last FPP questionnaire is dated less than 5 years ago, but their FPP questionnaire information and required information has changed
  • CV
  • Proof of identify
  • Proof of address for service
  • Criminal conviction check (Ministry of Justice)
  • Traffic safety offence history report (Waka Kotahi)

 

24FPPDEC declaration is completed by a senior person if their last FPP questionnaire is dated less than 5 years ago and their FPP questionnaire information and required information hasn’t changed, AND either: Information required
  • there’s no change to their functions and duties, or

N/A

  • you propose to amend their functions and duties
  • Updated CV

Operator safety management documentation

  • Your proposed safety management documentation (highlight or Track Change proposed amendments)

Note:

  1. You can use 24137-07 [DOCX 302 KB] Part 137 safety management documentation amendment summary sheet to assess if your proposed amendments affect your approval specifications or require CAA’s prior acceptance.
  2. Your safety management documentation (which can be one document or separate documents), sets out the information required by rule 137.160, including for your system of safety management under rule 100.3. Read advisory circular AC100-1 Safety management.

Rule checklists

  • Completed rule checklists (highlight or Track Change proposed amendments and any changes since the issue of your last certificate):

It’s important to keep your rule checklists up-to-date to support ongoing compliance and renewal applications.

3. Prepare for a site inspection

Make sure your documents are available and up-to-date, and that senior persons are available to be interviewed. Your senior persons must fully understand the functions and duties of their role and your organisation’s safety management documentation.

1. Use 24137-01AMENDMENT to apply

Email us your completed amendment application form and documents to certification@caa.govt.nz

You’ll need to do so well before the proposed amendment is to apply.

Use 24137-07 [DOCX 302 KB] Part 137 agricultural aircraft operator safety management documentation amendment summary sheet to assess if you need to complete the amendment form.

If your certificate is due to expire, consider including the amendment details in your renewal application, rather than using this form.

No payment is required at the time you apply. We’ll invoice you during and at the end of the assessment for CAA’s hours taken at the CAA standard hourly rate.

2. Documents required for proposed amendments

You must also email us the documents below for proposed amendments (if required for your type of operation) with your completed application for amendment.

If your operation is a registered company, incorporated society, or limited partnership and the legal name has changed

Companies Office certificate of incorporation

Types of operation

  • Your documented procedures (highlight or Track Change proposed amendments) for:

    • Wand spraying

    • Agricultural pilot training

    • Agricultural pilot competency checks

Senior persons (fit and proper person (FPP) requirements)

  • For a proposed new senior person or proposed amendment to a current senior person’s functions and duties, either a completed FPP questionnaire or FPP declaration, and information required
  • For a proposed new chief pilot, a completed 24137-02 [DOCX 255 KB] Part 137 nomination of chief pilot

See the tables below about which FPP form to use and the information required. Note: The government agency reports can take 8 weeks or more to get.

Also check your proposed senior persons meet the qualifications and experience requirements of Part 137 Appendix C.

24FPP questionnaire must be completed by a proposed senior person: Information required
  • who is a new senior person, or
  • if their last FPP questionnaire dated more than 5 years ago, or
  • if their last FPP questionnaire is dated less than 5 years ago, but their FPP questionnaire information and required information has changed
  • CV
  • Proof of identify
  • Proof of address for service
  • Criminal conviction check (Ministry of Justice)
  • Traffic safety offence history report (Waka Kotahi)

 

24FPPDEC declaration is completed by a proposed senior person if their last FPP questionnaire is dated less than 5 years ago, and the FPP questionnaire information and required information hasn’t changed, AND either: Information required
  • there’s no change to their functions and duties, or

N/A

  • you propose to amend their functions and duties
  • Updated CV

Operator safety management documentation

  • Your proposed safety management documentation:
    • Sections amended (if one document) and highlight or Track Change proposed amendments, or
    • Documents amended (if separate documents) and highlight or Track Change proposed amendments

Note:

  1. You can use 24137-07 [DOCX 302 KB] Part 137 safety management documentation amendment summary sheet to assess if your proposed amendments affect your approval specifications or require CAA’s prior acceptance.
  2. Your safety management documentation (which can be one document or separate documents), sets out the information required by rule 137.160, including for your system of safety management under rule 100.3. Read advisory circular AC100-1 Safety management.

3. We may require a site inspection

Depending on your proposed amendments, we may require a site inspection.

Make sure your documents are available and up-to-date, and if there are proposed amendments to senior persons, make sure they are available to be interviewed. Your senior persons must fully understand the functions and duties of their role and your organisation’s safety management documentation.

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