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.
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:
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.
Electronic (form below, or PDF) submissions are preferred to assist in compiling, but submissions can still be sent by post, or delivered in person.
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.
The purpose of this proposal is to update the Rules that prescribe the requirements relating to Runway Condition Reporting (RCR) to be fit for purpose. In its current form, the affected Rules are not workable with the use of the term ‘real time’.
Aerodromes already inspect their runways as part of a more general inspection programme. The proposal is part of the implementation of a globally standardised approach which has been tested and validated to replace subjective judgements with objective assessments directly tied to criteria relevant for aeroplane performance. New Zealand is one of many countries implementing RCR. Ensuring global consistency, where appropriate, is important to New Zealand remaining part of the global aviation system.
ICAO have amended their Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) and produced a range of guidance to support the implementation of standardised runway condition reporting (RCR). The revised SARPs came into effect on 5 November 2020. The current rule 139.103(b)(3) which was put in place before ICAO finalised their SARPS, is not practicable and will not enable New Zealand to implement the globally standardised method.
A main feature of the proposal is it allows a holder of an aerodrome operator certificate the flexibility to choose an assessment method and an RCR method that is proportionate to its needs; takes into account its resources and unique set of circumstances, whilst passengers reap the safety benefits of RCR.
The proposal includes consequential amendments to Parts 172, 121, 125, 135 and 1 to give full effect to the proposal.
In tandem with this NPRM, we have also done a substantive revision of AC139-3, Aerodrome Inspection Programme and Condition Reporting. You can review this draft and provide your feedback here.
Submissions close 30 Nov 2022.