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

About the consultation process

Public consultation on proposed rules is provided for in section 34(1) of the Civil Aviation Act 1990. The CAA drafts civil aviation rules and carries out public consultation on draft rules on behalf of the Minister of Transport.

Submissions received on draft rules are summarised and analysed. The results are published as a summary of public submissions, with a copy of the NPRM, under:

NPRMs closed for submissions

The proposed rules will be reconsidered to take into account the submissions received. If necessary, we undertake further consultation with key groups before submitting proposed rules to government.

How to make a submission

Electronic (form below, or PDF) submissions are preferred to assist in compiling, but submissions can still be sent by post, or delivered in person.

Official Information Act

Submitters should note that subject to the Official Information Act 1982, any information attached to submissions will become part of the docket file and will be available to the public for examination at the CAA offices in the Asteron Centre, 55 Featherston Street, Wellington.

Submitters should state clearly if there is any information in their submission that is commercially sensitive, or for some other reason the submitter does not want the information to be released to other interested parties. The CAA will consider this in making a decision in respect of any Official Information Act requests. It should be noted that the CAA cannot guarantee confidentiality in respect of any specific submissions.

Open for comment

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 [PDF 632 KB]

Submissions close 27 Jan 2020

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