We're contracted to develop the Civil Aviation Rules by the Ministry of Transport for the Minister. Under this contract the Minister of Transport approves a programme of new rules and changes to existing rules each year. Any ordinary rule changes are subject to the Minister of Transport's agreement.
This page is updated monthly to provide progress reports on our current rule projects together with information on recent rule changes that have come into effect.
You can also find a list of current regulatory issues and how to raise your own issue with our regulatory system.
If you have any queries regarding a rule project, please contact us by emailing email@example.com.
|Rule project name and reference||Description and purpose of rule||Current status||Next milestone|
|Aircraft maintenance engineers – Licences and ratings
|A review of the maintenance engineer licensing system in Part 66 to modernise that Part. This work seeks to address safety risks in a proportionate manner, and to make Part 66 resilient to future changes, particularly with new and emerging technological advances.
NPRMs closed for submissions
|Minister signed the Rule on 15 Jul 2020||Rule comes into effect on 01 Sep 2020|
|These amendments cover issues related to abbreviations, definitions, terminology, referencing and formatting.
NPRMs closed for submissions
|Final rule package agreed with the Ministry of Transport||Minister signs the Rule|
|Private Pilot Licence (PPL) medical review||As a result of a public consultation conducted in 2017, the CAA has recommended the development of an alternative private pilot licence. The objective of the new proposed licence is to adopt a standard of medical certification for New Zealand private pilots that –
In this regard, pilots will be required to obtain a medical certificate that meets the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) commercial driver licence with passenger endorsement standard.
|Consultation period closed 03 Feb 2020||Final rule package agreed with the Ministry of Transport|
|These amendments cover issues related to abbreviations, definitions, terminology, referencing and formatting.||Minister accepts rule project onto the Transport Rules Programme||Publish NPRM|
|ADS-B below flight level 245
This project proposes using a performance-based rule to mandate transceivers for automatic dependent surveillance – broadcasts (ADS-B), initially for aircraft operating in controlled airspace below 24,500 ft (FL 245). Aircraft using ADS-B constantly broadcast their position to other aircraft and air traffic controllers. ADS-B is scheduled to replace the current secondary surveillance radar system, which reaches the end of its life in 2021.
|Consultation closed 21 Feb 2020||Final rule package agreed with Ministry of Transport|
|Notice of Requirement (NTC) 91.258, Amendment 1
Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) systems
|The purpose of this notice is to specify the requirements determined by the Director referred to in rule 91.258, regarding:
||Consultation closed on 03 August 2020||Publish Summary of Submissions|
Before a rule amendment or new rule is finalised, we'll consult on the proposed rule changes. The proposed changes are outlined in a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM).
You can have your say by submitting comments before the deadline. Each NPRM provides guidance on how to comment, and the deadline to submit your feedback.
After consultation, all comments are considered and we'll will publish a summary of public submissions under NPRMs closed for submissions.
The proposed rule may be reconsidered to take into account the submissions received. If necessary, we may undertake further consultation with key groups before submitting a proposed rule to the Government.
|Rule project name||Description and purpose of rule||Rules and amendment numbers||Important dates|