This AC provides guidance material on aerodrome inspections, runway condition reporting, maintenance programmes and aerodrome condition reporting requirements, to assist aerodrome operators to meet Civil Aviation Rule Part 139 Aerodromes—Certification, Operation and Use.
This material is intended for applicants for and holders of:
It is also recommended to operators of non-certificated aerodromes.
As set out in Part 139, different types of aerodrome operators have different requirements with regards to Runway Condition Reports (RCRs).
Operators of non-certificated aerodromes do not have to produce RCRs.
All aerodrome operators however, including non-certificated aerodromes, need to keep their runway clear and free of foreign objects. In addition to RCR guidance, this AC contains advice about keeping runways free of debris, which we hope will be useful.
Note: This AC uses the term ‘take-off and landing performance assessment’, instead of the common US acronym TALPA, since New Zealand practices in this area differ from those of the US.
This AC relates to Civil Aviation Rule Part 139 Aerodromes—Certification, Operation and Use - specifically rules 139.23, 139.103, 139.107, 139.117 and 139.123, for qualifying aerodrome operator determination.
Revision 5 updates the content of this AC to align with ICAO’s introduction of the Global Reporting Format (GRF) for runway condition reporting, as set out in ICAO Circular 355. This update adapts the contents of Circular 355 to provide guidance material for New Zealand conditions. It aligns with Amendment 15 of Part 139 to reflect ICAO guidance, specifically the update of rules 139.103 and 139.107.
For aerodrome operators to compile, produce and submit RCRs into the Internet Flight Information Service (IFIS) tool, which aircraft operators can safely rely on to enable aeroplane take-off and landing performance assessment, it is necessary for operators to develop a good understanding of Part 139, in conjunction with other relevant rules, such as Part 172, and related ACs.
The main changes in this Revision are to add: