NPRMs Closed for Submissions

A Summary of Public Submissions (SOPS) document is published on the CAA Web site after the public consultation period has closed for any given NPRM. The SOPS provides a summary of each submission received and the CAA response to the submission. The CAA responses provide the formal CAA position on the submission.

After publication of the SOPS the CAA prepares the draft final rule for delivery to the Ministry of Transport. As a result of public submissions, the draft final rule may contain amendments to the original rule proposal contained in the NPRM. All changes to the rule wording resulting from public submissions will be noted in the CAA responses and in the text supporting the draft final rule.

If any of the proposed rules that are published in an NPRM are to be significantly amended as a result of the public submissions, then the CAA will engage in further consultation with the appropriate interested parties before the draft final rule is forwarded to the Ministry. Further consultation after receiving submissions is an exception rather than the norm.


NPRM 18-01 Aircraft Emergency Location Equipment (PDF 155 KB)

The purpose of the proposed amendments to the emergency locator transmitter rules is to change the emphasis from the  prescriptive rules in Part 91 to a performance-based regulatory framework for aircraft emergency location equipment for installation in New Zealand registered aircraft operating in domestic airspace. The proposal also includes part of an ICAO amendment affecting Part 121 and Part 129 relating to the carriage of emergency locator transmitters.

The proposal also contains a draft Notice of Approval for Aircraft Emergency Location Systems.

Submissions closed 02 Oct 2017


NPRM 18-02 NSS Surveillance ADS-B above FL245 - (PDF 560 KB)

Note: NPRM 18-02 NSS Surveillance ADS-B above FL 245, published on 14 Sep 2017, contained editorial errors in clause 2.1 General Summary. References were made to 'above flight level 24,500 feet' and 'below flight level 24,500 feet'. These references have been amended to read 'above flight level 245', and 'below flight level 245'. There are no other amendments. Submissions close on 27 Oct 2017. Any inconvenience caused is regretted.

The purpose of this rule is to update the Civil Aviation Rules to provide for the transition from secondary surveillance radar to Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Out as the primary source of data for surveillance in New Zealand. This proposal primarily relates to changes to Part 91 and includes proposed amendments to other Civil Aviation Rule Parts to ensure they remain fit for purpose in an ADS-B surveillance environment.

The transition to ADS-B Out will occur in two phases:

  • firstly, in respect of aircraft that fly within controlled airspace designated under Part 71 within the New Zealand Flight Information Region above flight level 245 from 31 December 2018; and
  • secondly, in respect of aircraft that fly within transponder mandatory airspace designated under Part 71 within the New Zealand Flight Information Region below flight level 245 from 31 December 2021.

This NPRM concerns the rule changes required to implement the first of those two phases. This NPRM contains a draft Notice of requirements regarding ADS-B systems and a draft advisory circular.

The NPRM proposes that any ADS-B systems fitted on any aircraft (including those operating below flight level 245) after the date of commencement of this rule, would need to meet the standards set out in this rule.

Submissions closed 27 Oct 2017


NPRM 17-02 Small Issues Rule Amendments (PDF 380 KB)

NPRM 17-02 Interim Small Issues 16/17 Rule Amendments - Summary of Public Submissions (PDF 150 KB)

The Small Issues Rule Amendments is the first of its kind, and as the name suggests, proposes a broad range of minor amendments to CAR Parts 1, 12, 21, 43, 61, 91, 115, 121, 125, and 135. There are eleven distinct policy items:

  1. Reviews of airworthiness for aircraft not used for hire or reward (rule 91.615);
  2. Definitions of “major modification” and “major repair” (rule 1.1);
  3. Ensuring most relevant standards for aircraft design changes (rules 21.83 (new) and 21.505);
  4. Prohibition on manipulation of controls (rules 115.215, 115.613, 115.667 and 115.759);
  5. Maintenance on large balloons (rule 43.54);
  6. Extended Diversion Time Operations (EDTO) requirements (Part 121 Subpart N);
  7. Landing distance assessment (rules 121.221, 121.223, 125.233, 125.235, 135.233, and 135.235);
  8. Leaving helicopters unattended with rotors turning under power (rules 91.120 and 135.67);
  9. Emergency electrical supply requirements for single engine aircraft (rule 125.361);
  10. Requirements for training, operation and use of aircraft following a safety review (Part 61 Subpart I (new));
  11. Reporting of tonnage carried on cargo-only flights (rule 12.151).

Submissions closed 20 Mar 2017


NPRM 17-01 Part 108 Re-issue: Air Operator Security Programme (PDF 277 KB)

The purpose of amendments to rules underpinning cargo and mail security in New Zealand is to, as far as is practicable, align the domestic cargo and mail security requirements in Part 108 with the international requirements as set out in Part 109.

The main aim of the amendments to Part 108 is to provide specific security controls for cargo and mail carried on domestic aircraft with more than 30 passenger seats, and on aircraft operated by Australian operators with ANZA privileges. These align with international best practice to assist in enhancing security outcomes for civil aviation in New Zealand.

Submissions closed 18 Oct 2016


NPRM 16-01 Omnibus 2016 (PDF 540 KB)

Summary of Public Submissions Omnibus 2016 (PDF 55 KB)

The purpose of the Omnibus rule 2016 was to make minor editorial and minor technical amendments to various rules. These amendments were to correct grammatical and editorial errors in the rules; to clarify various rules; to update wording where not consistent with drafting conventions; to update rule wording and references in line with other rule changes; to update rules in accordance with current ICAO standards, definitions and abbreviations and to revoke expired transitional arrangements.
For more detail of the issues in the Omnibus Rule 2016 see section 3 of the NPRM.

Submissions closed 28 Jun 2016