The sector risk profile (SRP) approach provides an ideal methodology to work collaboratively to explore the safety risks of this sector and to implement new or enhanced ways to manage these risks.

This SRP includes those operators holding Part 135 certificates (helicopter and small aeroplane), and any other certificate holders, organisations, individuals or parties working with or providing services for such operations.

The SRP approach supports the introduction of the safety management system (SMS) rule for this sector, as organisations can use the information gathered in the SRP process as part of their SMS to enhance safety. The SRP will also help us target resources to those areas of greatest safety risk, making aviation in New Zealand safer for everyone.

This report follows a process of workshops, analysis and consultation to identify the risks in the sector and action to mitigate those risks. This report will be supplemented by an implementation plan setting out the activity that will or, in some cases is, already happening. The sector will be surveyed periodically to measure the action progress and identify emerging risks.

The report focusses on 47 actions related to the nine key risk themes that emerged from the workshops, but as a group the sector identified more than 140 different potential actions.

Part 135 sector risk profile (updated May 2019) [PDF 3.7 MB]

Part 135 sector risk profile – All risks, controls, and actions companion document [PDF 175 KB]

Sector risk profiling – What is it to aviation in New Zealand? [PDF 830 KB]

Part 135 sector risk profile (previous profile from 2015) [PDF 1.7 MB]

Risk themes

The nine key risk themes are the current focus for the sector. There are a number of initiatives already under way by all parts of the sector to address these causes. This has been a useful process to highlight them and to acknowledge their importance within the New Zealand operating environment.

Action implementation plans

Essential to the success of the SRP is the implementation of the possible actions identified during the workshop process.

The following implementation guide shows the planned action, benefits, resources required, the outcome and the plan coordinator. The plan coordinator is the individual or group within the sector who will oversee the action taken. This may be one of our operational group managers and/or one of the sector groups (airlines, aerodromes etc.). Some of the actions may already be under way.

Please note that this document is a working document and may be changed as a result of further input from stakeholders, or planned engagement workshops.

Part 135 air operations action plan [PDF 1.5 MB]

Information and key contacts

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the project team or the applicable Part 135 manager:
Steve Kern (Manager Helicopter and Agricultural Operations)
Chris Nicholls (Team Leader 125/135 Flight and Operations (aeroplane))
Rob Scriven (Manager Regulatory Investigations, Personnel and Flight Training).