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Adventure Aviation (Part 115)

Civil Aviation Rules, Part 115 Adventure Aviation – Certification and Operations came into effect 10 Nov 2011.

An adventure aviation operation involves carrying passengers for hire or reward, where the purpose of the operation is for the passenger’s recreational experience of participating in the flight, or engaging in the aerial operation.

This includes hot air ballooning, gliding, tandem hang glider and paraglider operations, tandem parachute descent, and parachute-drop aircraft operations (if not already conducted under a Part 119 AOC).

It also applies to A to A flights (those that take off and land in the same place) in aircraft issued with certain special category airworthiness certificates (Primary, LSA and Limited); A to A flights in an aircraft issued with a standard category airworthiness certificate conducting formation flight, aerobatic manoeuvres, and similar non-standard flight manoeuvres, such as steep climbs, steep descents and steep turns; and A to A flights in Class 2 microlight aircraft.

List of Part 115 Certificated Organisations

Permission to Use the CAA Logo

Getting Started

Under Part 115, all adventure aviation operators must hold an Operator Certificate.

The AOC application process takes time. How long depends on the accuracy of the information supplied in your application, and the complexity of your operations. Plan to achieve certification early. Applications made at the last minute cannot be processed in time to meet the certification cut-off dates.

New adventure aviation operators (including warbirds) must be certificated under Part 115 before starting operations.

How to Apply for an Operator Certificate

  1. Decide on the scope of your adventure aviation activity.

    Will your organisation be conducting one type of activity (for example, gliding), or multiple activities, such as microlight flights and special category aircraft operations?

  2. Identify appropriate senior persons for your organisation.

    Each senior person must complete a Fit and Proper Person form (24FPP) and provide the following supporting documents (originals or certified copies):

    A Curriculum Vitae.
    Proof of identity.
    Proof of address for service.
    Criminal Record History from the Ministry of Justice.
    Offence History Report from the NZ Transport Agency.

    Plan ahead, because it can take five to six weeks to obtain these reports.

  3. Complete form 24115/01 - Application for Issue, Renewal, or Amendment of an Adventure Aviation Certificate under Civil Aviation Rules, Part 115, making sure you follow the instructions on the form.

  4. Develop a company exposition using the Part 115 Compliance Matrices developed by the CAA to assist applicants.


    Matrices are designed to speed up the certification process by ensuring every applicable rule requirement has been addressed in your exposition. If required policies and procedures can be located in your exposition quickly, this will reduce the cost of certification.

  5. Submit your application to the CAA.

    Send everything in at the same time: application form 24115/01and the required attachments listed on the form, your exposition and completed compliance matrices, 24FPP forms and supporting documentation for each nominated senior person. A minimum charge of four hours at the CAA Standard Rate is payable at the time of application.

    Applications need to be received by the CAA at least 60 days prior to renewal or the expected certification date. Applications will not be processed unless they are completed correctly. If we don’t have a 60 day period to complete before expiry, you risk not being able to operate past your expiry date until the certificate has been renewed.

  6. Prepare for a CAA site inspection.

    Ensure that all aircraft and personnel documentation is available and up to date, and that senior persons are available to be interviewed. Your senior persons should fully understand the company exposition, and the responsibilities of their role contained in the exposition.

For More Information

If you have any questions while preparing your application, contact the Sport and Recreation team for advice and assistance. Email SFORA Administrator or Tel: +64 4 560 9427.

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