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 docket@caa.govt.nz.

Rules programme tracker

Current rule projects progress report

Rule project name and reference Description and purpose of rule Current status Next milestone

PBN (Performance Based Navigation)


This project looks to ensure that the regulatory framework can support Performance Based Navigation implementation by 2023, as a result of the New Southern Sky programme to meet International Civil Aviation Organization requirements.

The Minister signed the PBN Rules on 5 October 2021.

The 13 draft Notices were published for consultation on 15 July and closed on 2nd September.

Notices to come into force by November 2022.

Runway Condition Reporting


This project proposes amendments to rule 139.103 that requires all aerodromes to provide real-time runway surface condition reporting. Affected aerodromes are currently covered by an exemption to the rule requirement which expires on 5th November 2020. The rule amendments will require aerodromes to provide real time runway surface condition reporting using standardised reporting methods.

The Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), was sent out for public consultation on 29 September 2022.

It is open for a period of 8 weeks and will close on 30 November 2022.

Consultation period closes.

Assorted Issues 2019/2020


The Assorted Issues policy project consists of a collection of issues that exceed the criteria of an omnibus rule amendment (very minor changes), yet do not warrant an individual stand-alone policy and rules project. Individually, these changes are not likely to meet cost-benefit or significance thresholds to be prioritised for rule development but are good to do from a regulatory stewardship perspective.

The Ministry has agreed to add this project to the 2021/2022 Transport Rules Programme, although work will start once the Runway Condition Reporting is completed.

Publish NPRM.

Project milestones

  1. Minister accepts rule project onto Transport Rules Programme
  2. Publish NPRM
  3. Consultation period closes
  4. Publish summary of public submissions
  5. Final rule package agreed with the Ministry of Transport
  6. Minister signs the rule
  7. Rules come into effect

Petition to raise a regulatory issue

If you wish to raise a regulatory issue for assessment that may progress to a rule change, please complete form 24011-01 and email it to docket@caa.govt.nz.

For more information about issue assessment see the rule development process and regulatory policy pages.

Recently completed CAA rule projects

Rule project name Description and purpose of rule Rules and amendment numbers Important dates