Rule Projects in Progress

The CAA is 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 the current CAA 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 CAA’s regulatory system. 

If you have any queries regarding a rule project, please contact the CAA by emailing

Current Rule Projects Progress Report - April 2017

Rule Project Name and Reference Description and Purpose of Rule Current Status Next Milestone

ICAO Alignment 2017


The primary objective of this project is to update the CARs so that they better align with ICAO SARPs, without compromising aviation safety, and with minimal cost to the aviation industry, the travelling public, and government. This will address the findings from the 2006 ICAO audit, and avoid the implications for New Zealand registered operators and visiting foreign registered aircraft of non-alignment between the CARs and the ICAO SARPs.

Drafting NPRM

Minister has accepted this rule project onto Transport Rules Programme

Publish NPRM

Small Issues 2016


The Small Issues 2016 project proposes a broad range of minor amendments to CAR Parts 1, 12, 21, 43, 91, 115, 121, 125 and 135.

This project packages together a suite of distinct rule changes that are not Omnibus changes but that also do not require the extensive cost-benefit analysis of standard rule changes because the costs are insignificant.

NPRM Closed for Submissions

Consultation period closed on 20 March 2017.

Final package to be agreed with the Ministry of Transport

New Southern Sky - Mandate ADSB

This project proposes using a performance-based rule to mandate transceivers for automatic dependent surveillance – broadcasts (ADS-B), initially for aircraft operating in controlled airspace above 24,500 ft (FL 245) and for all controlled airspace by the end of 2021. Aircraft using ADS-B constantly broadcast their position to other aircraft and air traffic controllers. ADS-B is scheduled to replace the current secondary surveillance radar system, which reaches the end of its life in 2021. Drafting NPRM

Minister has accepted this rule project onto Transport Rules Programme
Publish NPRM
New Southern Sky – GNSS IFR

The change would update the current rules for use of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) under instrument flight rules (IFR). The current CAR 19D is out of date and does not reflect the move, under New Southern Sky, for a performance based navigation environment for all IFR operations. Drafting NPRM

Minister has accepted this rule project onto Transport Rules Programme
Publish NPRM
Post Accident Emergency Location of Aircraft

A review of New Zealand’s domestic policy for emergency location of aircraft. This review considers options for addressing concerns with emergency location transmitters currently required for most aircraft to identify a performance-based, flexible approach to locating aircraft in emergency situations. Drafting NPRM

Minister has accepted this rule project onto Transport Rules Programme
Publish NPRM
Aircraft Maintenance Engineers – Licences and Ratings

A review of the maintenance engineer licensing system in Part 66 to modernise that Part. This work seeks to address safety risks in a proportionate manner, and to make Part 66 resilient to future changes, particularly with new and emerging technological advances. Continued policy investigation

Minister accepted rule project onto Transport Rules Programme
Publish NPRM

Advisory Circulars Monthly Report (PDF 74 KB)

Project Milestones

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

Note: Older progress reports were published in the Civil Aviation Rules Register Information Leaflets (CARRIL) between 1999 and 2015.

Notice of Proposed Rule Making

Before a rule amendment or new rule is finalised, the CAA will consult on the proposed rule changes. The proposed changes are outlined in a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM).

You can have your say by submitting comments before the deadline. Each NPRM provides guidance on how to comment, and the deadline to submit your feedback.

After consultation, all comments are considered and the CAA will publish a Summary of Public Submissions under NPRMs Closed for Submissions.

The proposed rule may be reconsidered to take into account the submissions received. If necessary, the CAA may undertake further consultation with key groups before submitting a proposed rule to the Government.

NPRMs Open for Submissions

NPRMs Closed for Submissions

Current Petitions to Raise a Regulatory Issue

Work Request Petition Raised Date Received Status
 17/ISS/21  Part 129 and Non-scheduled flights  07 Mar 2017  Under assessment

If you wish to raise a regulatory issue for assessment, that may progress to a rule change, please complete form 24011-01 (25 KB) and email it to

For more information about issue assessment see The Rule Development Process and Regulatory Policy.

Recently Completed CAA Rule Projects

Rule Project Name Description and Purpose of Rule Rules and Amendment Numbers Important Dates
Omnibus 2016
These amendments covered issues related to abbreviations, definitions, terminology, referencing and formatting.

Omnibus 2016 - NPRM (16-01) (540 KB)

Omnibus 2016 - Summary of Public Submissions (55 KB)
Small insignificant changes to 23 different rule parts Rule signed 12 Dec 2016

Effective date 10 Mar 2017
Part 61 Pilot Licenses and Ratings - Stage 2

The objective of this Part 61 Re-Issue is to reduce administrative and regulatory burden and improve safety in certain limited areas.

Part 61 Review stage 2 - NPRM (09-02)
(649 KB)
Part 61, Amendment 11 (Re-issue)
Part 1, Amendment 50
Part 91, Amendment 26
Part 137, Amendment 6

Rule signed 08 Mar 2016

Effective date 15 Apr 2016
Omnibus 2014

This project aimed to make minor editorial corrections, and align with international convention.

Omnibus 2014 - Summary of Submissions (15-01) (55 KB)

Omnibus 2014 - NPRM (15-01) (352 KB)
Small insignificant changes to 18 different rule parts Rule signed 26 Aug 2015

Effective date 24 Sept 2015
Part 102 Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certification

The objective of this Part 102 project was to introduce a new rule to address the immediate safety risks associated with the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and take steps to achieve compliance with international standards and recommended practices with regard to unmanned aircraft.

Part 102 - Summary of Submissions (14-01) (521 KB)

Part 102 - NPRM (14-01) (392 KB)

For more information, see RPAS, UAV, UAS, Drones and Model Aircraft.
Part 1, Amendment 48
Part 12, Amendment 8
Part 19, Amendment 17
Part 47, Amendment 5
Part 91, Amendment 24
Part 101, Amendment 6
Part 102, Initial Issue
Rule signed 08 Apr 2015

Effective date 01 Aug 2015

ICAO - Part 139 Review

The objective of this Part 139 project was to ensure effective safety oversight of all aerodromes in New Zealand by providing the Director of the Civil Aviation Authority with the appropriate regulatory tools to manage aviation risk.

Part 139 - Summary of Submissions (11-02) (77 KB)

Part 139 - NPRM (11-02) (482 KB)
Part 121, Amendment 25
Part 125, Amendment 18
Part 135, Amendment 20
Part 139, Amendment 10
Rule signed 23 Jun 2015

Effective date 01 Aug 2015