General Aviation

The General Aviation Group comprises three Units: the Helicopter and Agricultural Unit, the Special Flight Operations and Recreational Aviation Unit, and the CAA's Health and Safety Unit.

The Group oversees operators of rotary wing and agricultural aircraft, adventure aviation, sport and recreation aviation, and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), along with associated maintenance. The principal focus of the Group is on certification and surveillance of certificated operators in these sectors, as well as the oversight of non-certificated aviation participants and private operations.

Deputy Director General Aviation Steve Moore

Helicopter and Agricultural

The Helicopter and Agricultural Unit has responsibility for regulatory oversight of all New Zealand helicopter operators, and the fixed wing aircraft operators that conduct only agricultural operations. The team’s primary focus is on certification and surveillance of commercial operators in these two diverse aviation sectors. Secondary attention is also given to aviation participants that conduct uncertificated hire or reward operations, and private helicopter operations.

Manager Steve Kern
DDI: +64 4 560 9409
Senior Administration Officer Elizabeth Parlakchief
DDI: +64 4 560 9510
Team Leader Flight Operations, Helicopter Grant Twaddle
DDI: +64 4 560 9513
Senior Technical Specialist, Agricultural Gary Langman
DDI: +64 4 560 9631
Team Leader Airworthiness, Helicopter and Agricultural Adrian Duncan
DDI: +64 4 560 9608

Special Flight Operations and Recreational Aviation

The Special Flight Operations and Recreational Aviation Unit has regulatory oversight of New Zealand sport and recreation aviation, including adventure aviation, and unmanned aerial systems, along with the associated maintenance. The Unit’s main focus is on certification and surveillance of commercial operators in these aviation sectors. The Unit also manages aviation participants that conduct uncertificated hire or reward operations, and private operations.

Manager Greg Baum
DDI: +64 4 560 9529
Senior Administration Officer Claire Boorman
DDI: +64 4 560 9427
Team Leader Flight Operations Adventure Aviation Jeanette Lusty
DDI: +64 4 560 9512
Team Leader Airworthiness General Aviation Clayton Hughes
DDI: +64 4 830 1125
Senior Technical Specialist Unmanned Aircraft & Recreational Aviation  Mark Houston
DDI: +64 4 560 9432

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety Unit focuses on the health and safety of those who work on board aircraft. The Unit provides information and guidance, conducts inspections of workplaces, audits health and safety management systems, investigates workplace accidents and concerns, and checks on compliance with responsibilities under the legislation.

Manager Riki Tahau
DDI: +64 4 830 1128
Health & Safety Advisor, GA Lesley Coubrough
DDI: +64 4 830 2601

SMS Implementation

SMS Implementation Lead Chris Lamain