Part 61 prescribes rules relating to the requirements for the issue and holding of pilot licences and ratings, and student pilots. This includes the conditions, privileges, and limitations associated with those licences and ratings, and student pilots.

As part of the latest amendment to the Part 61 rules (Pilot Licences and Ratings) which took effect on 5 April 2021, an editorial change was made to standardise the way periods of time were referred to. For example, the term "three months" was to be replaced with "90 days".

Unfortunately, an error was made as these changes were drafted, which resulted in three Part 61 rules having the term "3 months" replaced with "60 days". The main effect of this error was the reduction of the time period for maintaining IFR currency from 3 months to 60 days.

Please review our clarification on IFR currency requirements for a detailed description of the error and our guidance recommending participants follow the affected rules as they previously stood.

Consolidations of the Civil Aviation Rules are for reference – they are not the official versions of the rules – to view those, see “history of amendments”.

The history of amendments below, when expanded, shows copies of the original issue, amendments, and re-issues of this Part. Other legislative changes shown are for reference – to view the full version of the relevant amendment Act, see www.legislation.govt.nz(external link).