Sector Risk Profiles

What is a Sector Risk Profile?

Safety in aviation requires an understanding of the risks and deliberate actions to reduce their probability of occurrence. A Sector Risk Profile is a way of examining the underlying influences on safety within a given sector.

The sector risk profiling method is based around capturing the knowledge, experience, and perceptions of as many participants as possible from within the sector. The resulting mix of fact and opinion is combined with evidential data, such as industry studies and demographics, and expressed as set of risk statements.

The resulting set of risk statements, including their relative severity, can be expressed as a profile that will vary from one industry sector to the next.

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How are Sector Risk Profiles Used?

The greatest value of a sector risk profile is derived when participants read the statements, decide which ones apply to their organisation and then determine what they can do to minimise that risk. By addressing individual elements of risk within a sector, the overall accident rate and costs to the sector can be reduced.

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Parts 121, 125, 129, and ANZA Air Transport Operations - Medium and Large Aircraft

Commencement of the Sector Risk Profile - Air Transport Operations - Medium and Large Aircraft

The CAA is currently working on the latest Sector Risk Profile - Air Transport Operations - Medium and Large Aircraft.

Sector Risk Profiling - What is it to aviation in New Zealand (PDF 284 KB)

Workshop Two

Thursday 25 May 2017
Time to be advised

PWC Offices, 113-119 The Terrace, Wellington

To express interest in this workshop, please email

The Sector Risk Profile (SRP) approach provides an ideal methodology to work collaboratively to explore the safety risks pertaining to this sector and to implement new or enhanced ways to manage these risks. For the purposes of this work, the sector includes those operators authorised under Part 121 (large aircraft), Part 125 (medium aircraft), Part 129 (foreign Air Operator Certificate [AOC]) and AOC holders with ANZA privileges.

Already in the Part 137 agricultural aircraft operations and Part 135 (small aircraft and helicopters) air transport sectors, we've found SRP to be a very effective way of identifying risks and exploring the underlying influences on safety, and we're sure it will be equally beneficial to this sector where, although the likelihood of a serious accident is remote, the consequence would be significant.

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 the CAA target resources to those areas of greatest safety risk, making aviation in New Zealand safer for everyone.

About the Project

The Approach

We will engage the industry through workshops and surveys, identifying hazards and risks relevant to the sector. Further engagement between industry and CAA will identify risk owners and possible controls and treatments. This work will culminate in a treatment action plan that will assist ongoing continuous improvement in safety of the sector.

Wider Stakeholder Engagement

In addition to Air Operator Certificate (AOC) holders, there are many stakeholders in the industry and the wider community with whom engagement is essential to a successful sector risk profiling exercise. The CAA will work closely with these stakeholders to identify and understand the risks to the sector.

Safety Benefits

The Safety Management System Rules require organisations to proactively identify hazards and associated risks, and then manage those risks to ensure the safety of their operations.  The information gathered for the SRP will further support participants in determining which risks are relevant to their organisation and include them and any treatment in their day to day Safety Management Systems.

Developing a Sector Risk Profile for the sector is also a valuable means of addressing some key safety issues that the Authority considers to be a priority for aviation in New Zealand, such as: loss of control in flight; runway excursions; airborne conflict; and Queenstown operations.

The SRP will support and enhance the CAA's risk-based approach to safety oversight. The risks identified through the SRP can be used to inform CAA's future certification and surveillance activities, ensuring efficient and effective focus on areas of higher risk. The risks identified through the SRP may also provide an opportunity to initiate and inform 'theme-based' initiatives to improve sector safety.

Information and Key Contacts

This web page will be updated regularly throughout the course of the project with events, information and links.

The SRP project team will be in touch with stakeholders soon with new updates. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the project team at or John McKinlay (Sector Risk Profile Lead -

Part 135 Air Operations – Helicopters and Small Aeroplanes

Cover of the Part 135 Sector Risk Profile

Part 135 Sector Risk Profile 2015 (1.8 MB)

This report contains the Sector Risk Profile of the Part 135 sector as assessed mid-2015.

Agricultural Aviation

Sector Risk Profile - Agricultural Aviation coverAgricultural Aviation (5.8 MB)

This report contains the Sector Risk Profile of the agricultural aviation sector as assessed mid-2013.

Agricultural Aviation Companion Report (5.5 MB)

The Companion Report is provided as supplementary information to the agricultural aviation report. Its purpose is to document the full contextual analysis that was completed as part of the development of the agricultural aviation sector risk profile.