A Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) asks for comments on proposed rule changes. Anyone can make a submission during the public consultation period.

After the consultation period has closed, a summary of public submissions is published with our responses. We then prepare the draft final rule for the Ministry of Transport.

As a result of public submissions, the draft final rule may contain amendments to the proposal in the NPRM. Such changes are noted in our responses, and in the text supporting the draft final rule.

If any of the NPRM proposals are to be significantly amended as a result of the public submissions, we will engage in further consultation before the draft final rule is forwarded to the Ministry.


Part 91 Mandatory ADS-B Below Flight Level 245

The purpose of this rule-making proposal is to further update the Civil Aviation Rules (the Rules) to complete the transition from secondary surveillance radar to Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Out as the primary source of data for surveillance in New Zealand. This is the second phase for ADS-B uptake in New Zealand as part of the wider New Southern Sky (NSS) programme. The first phase had brought in ADS-B for all aircraft that operate in controlled airspace above flight level 245. The aim of the proposal is to provide a regulatory framework for the safe and effective introduction of ADS-B in controlled airspace below flight level 245 in the New Zealand Information Region. As the current primary and secondary surveillance radar are coming to the end of life at the end of 2021, it is proposed that ADS-B be the primary source of surveillance from 31 December 2021.

This proposal relates primarily to Part 91 and includes proposed consequential amendments to Parts 1 and 172.

NPRM 19-05 Part 91 Mandatory ADS-B Below Flight Level 245 [PDF 287 KB]

Submissions closed 21 Feb 2020

Summary of submissions from consultation in Apr/May 2019 [PDF 200 KB]


Part 61 Private Pilot Licence Medical Review

The purpose of this rule-making proposal is to adopt a standard of medical certification for New Zealand private pilots that:

  • requires a standard of medical fitness that is commensurate to the risk posed by private pilots; and
  • is associated with costs that are commensurate to the risk posed by the sector.

Based on overseas practice, public consultation and analysis, the CAA proposes that the medical standard for a commercial driver licence that is applicable for a class 2, 3, 4 or 5 with passenger endorsement[1]  apply in respect of certain privileges for a private pilot licence (PPL) as specified in the proposed rules. The same standard currently applies to a recreational pilot licence (RPL).

The CAA proposes that the RPL category be revoked.

The CAA also proposes that PPL pilots flying on the commercial driver licence medical standard be allowed to exercise the following privileges:

  • carry up to five passengers; unless performing an aerobatic manoeuvre in which case no passenger is to be carried;
  • fly aircraft with a maximum certificated take-off weight (MCTOW) of up to 2,730 kg;
  • allow them to fly in the vicinity of controlled aerodromes provided they are in radio contact with the appropriate ATS unit; and
  • allow them to obtain glider tow and parachute drop ratings.

The CAA further proposes that PPL pilots flying on the commercial driver licence medical standard be prohibited from carrying out the following activities:

  • flying outside of New Zealand;
  • flying for remuneration;
  • flying for hire or reward;
  • flying multi-engine aircraft;
  • flying pressurised aircraft;
  • exercising the privileges of an aerobatic rating;
  • undertaking agricultural aircraft operations;
  • towing banners and drogues;
  • flying at night;
  • flying under IFR;
  • carrying a passenger if performing an aerobatic manoeuvre; or
  • performing a parachute drop operation exceeding 10,000 feet ASML.

[1] A medical certificate for a commercial driver licence is issued in accordance with section 44(1) of the Land Transport (Driver Licensing) Rule 1999.

NPRM 19-04 Part 61 Private Pilot Licence Medical Review [1.2 MB]

Submissions closed 03 Feb 2020 (note this was extended from 27 Jan 2020 at the request of the aviation community).


NPRM 19-03 Omnibus Rule Amendments 2017 [PDF 482 KB] - submissions closed 07 Jun 2019

Summary of public submissions received on NPRM 19-03 — Omnibus Rule Amendments 2017 [PDF 37 KB]

The purpose of the Omnibus rule 2017/18 is to make minor editorial and minor technical amendments to various rules. These amendments are to correct grammatical and editorial errors in the rules; to clarify various rules; to update wording where not consistent with drafting conventions; to update rule wording and references in line with other rule changes; to update rules in accordance with current ICAO standards, definitions and abbreviations and to revoke expired transitional arrangements.


NPRM 19-02 Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Personnel Licensing [PDF 263 KB] - submissions closed 29 Mar 2019

Summary of public submissions received on NPRM 19-02 Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Personnel Licensing [PDF 89 KB]

The purpose of this NPRM is to propose amendments to Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Personnel Licensing to update those areas of the rules that no longer reflect modern aircraft technology and maintenance practices. This is a result of advances in integrated aircraft avionics, maintenance practices, and improvements in aircraft reliability.