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

2017-18 Rules Programme Tracker

2017-18 Rules Programme Tracker

Current Rule Projects Progress Report

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

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.

NPRM Closed for Submissions

Mandate ADS-B above FL245 - Summary of Public Submissions (PDF 135 KB)

Final rule package agreed with the Ministry of Transport.

Minister signs the Rule.

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.

NPRM Closed for Submissions

Post Accident Emergency Location of Aircraft - Summary of Public Submissions (PDF 127 KB)

Associate Minister of Transport signed the rules on 16 April 2018.

Rules came into effect on 18 May 2018.
Aircraft Maintenance Engineers – Pt 66 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.


Drafting NPRM

Minister accepted rule project on Transport Rules Programme.

Publish NPRM
Omnibus 2017/18


These amendments cover issues related to abbreviations, definitions, terminology, referencing and formatting.

Drafting NPRM

Minister has accepted this rule project onto Transport Rules Programme


Advisory Circulars Monthly Report

Advisory Circulars Monthly Report (PDF 123 KB)

Project Milestones

  1. Minister accepts rule project onto Transport Rules Programme
  2. Publish NPRM
  3. Consultation periods closes
  4. Publish Summary of Public Submissions
  5. Final rules agreed with the Ministry of Transport
  6. Minister signs the rule
  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
18/ISS/10 Time restriction on viewing X-ray images 04 Sep 2017 To be assigned to an adviser
18/ISS/11 Amendement to Rule 61.41(b) 04 Sep 2017 Under assessment
18/ISS/17 Rule 61.37 - re-sitting law if BFR over 5 yrs old 06 Dec 2017 To be assigned to an adviser
18/ISS/18  AC61-20 & general review of Acs 20 Dec 2017 To be assigned to an adviser

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

Safety Management Systems - Group 1


The objective of the SMS rules project is to introduce new rules to improve New Zealand’s aviation safety performance in a way that embeds an effective safety culture in aviation organisations; and to ensure New Zealand meets its international obligations as a signatory to the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

Safety Management Systems - Summary of Submissions (113 KB)

Safety Management Systems - NPRM (15-02) (207 KB)

Safety Management Systems - Proposed Rules (2.6 MB)

For more information, see SMS

Part 100, Initial Issue

Consequential amendments to Part 115, 119, 121, 125, 135, 137, 139, 141, 145, 146, 148, 149, 171, 172, 173, 174 and 175

Rule signed 07 Dec 2015

Effective date 01 Feb 2016

Part 147 – Maintenance Training Organisation


The objective of the initial issue to Part 147 is to provide rules that assist the
economic development of the aircraft maintenance training sector.

Part 147 Summary of Submissions (44 KB)

Part 147 - NPRM (15-03) (170 KB)

Part 147, Initial Issue Part 66, Amendment 5 Rule signed 02 Dec 2015


Effective date 01 Feb 2016

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

Small Issues 2016


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

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

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.

Rules signed 18 Sep 2017

Effective date 30 Oct 2017