Site Info

We want our web site to be easy for you to use, and easy for you to find the information you want. Here is some information that may help you navigate our site. We welcome your feedback - just email


This privacy notice applies to personal and other information collected on the Civil Aviation Authority's web site,

We respect your right to privacy and will respect it when you visit our web site. The CAA does not collect or store personal information, except in the instances below:

  • There is an online service for the reporting of aviation occurrences. The information you enter is entered into the CAA database and treated as a Form 005 submission. We are required by the Civil Aviation Act to share that information when conducting an investigation.
  • The aircraft registry shows the registration of all aircraft registered in New Zealand. The Civil Aviation Act requires us to make registration information publicly available.
  • Cookies are used to collect information about the number of pages visited. This is carried out through a free service provided by Google Analytics. Only statistical information is collected, and only the CAA web team may access this information.
  • The CAA offers a free email notification service that requires you to subscribe online.
  • The CAA allows Medical Examiners (ME) to maintain their Expositions by logging on to a password-protected web site. Only the ME and the appropriate staff in the CAA Medical Certification Unit can access this information.

Any information you give to the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, including personal information, can be disclosed to third parties for information assurance and cyber security purposes.

Any inquiries about privacy on the CAA web site may be sent to the Official Information and Privacy Adviser, email:


Unless otherwise stated, the information available on or through this web site is protected by copyright and subject to the copyright laws of New Zealand. Such information may be reproduced for personal use without permission, subject to the material being reproduced accurately and not being used in a misleading context. In all cases, the CAA must be acknowledged as the source.

For permission to reproduce information on this web site for any purpose other than personal use, please contact the CAA by emailing

The copyright is owned by the CAA unless otherwise stated. The permission to reproduce copyright protected material does not extend to any material on this site identified as being the copyright of a third party. This includes material on web sites you access via links from this site. To get permission to reproduce such material, contact the copyright holders concerned.

Site Disclaimer

The material on this web site is to be regarded as general information and resources and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular person. All reasonable measures have been taken to ensure the accuracy of the material contained on this web site, however the CAA accepts no liability for any direct or indirect loss or damage of any kind arising from use of material on this site. The material should not be regarded as legal advice. The CAA may change the material on this site without notice.

This site may contain statements of persons other than the CAA. Unless otherwise stated, the CAA does not endorse the accuracy or reliability of any such material. Reliance upon any such material shall be at the user’s own risk.

The CAA has not verified the accuracy of material on web sites linked to or from this web site. The CAA does not endorse the content of any sites linked to or from this web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such site. The CAA accepts no liability for any direct or indirect loss or damage of any kind arising from use of material on sites linked to or from this web site.


Home Page

There are three groups of links on the home page.

  • Public Info is where general information, and information of interest to the whole community is placed.
  • Aviation Info is for the information more of interest to those in the aviation community.
  • Quick Links contains the links that are the most frequently accessed pages. There are also links to these pages elsewhere on the site.


Most links are this colour, except those in the menus. all links will underline when you move the mouse over them. Links to PDF files (see below), and web sites external to the CAA, open in a new window for your convenience. When you have read the item and close the window, you will be back where you started.

A to Z Topics

In addition to our Search engine, A to Z Topics can be a quick way to find some information.


The browser is the software that you use to look at web pages on the Internet. We will not give step-by-step instructions for use here, because the brands have differences.

Browsers have features to make accessibility easier for you. For instance, you can resize text to make it bigger, and you can turn pictures off to make pages load faster. Use the "Help" menu for your particular browser if required.

PDF Files

The CAA web site contains many official documents because we are the Government regulator for aviation in New Zealand. These documents range from legislation signed by the responsible Minister, to Advisory Circulars and various reports.

In order to faithfully reproduce these documents on our web site, we convert them to PDF (Portable Document Format) files. These files show the documents accurately on-screen, and also print exactly as intended. You can use printing options such as "Fit to Printable Area", and also print on both sides of the paper.

We indicate PDF documents with this symbol  , and they open in a new window for your convenience. When you close the browser window you are using to view the PDF file, you will be back at the web page you started on.

The software to view PDF files is called Adobe Acrobat Reader, and is available for downloading free from the Adobe web site,

Acrobat Reader and PDF files also have a number of features to enhance accessibility. The view can be enlarged, and the software has a voice synthesizer that can read the text aloud for you.

Software versions change frequently, so we will not give step-by-step instructions for use here. Use the "Help" menu if required.

One feature that is particularly useful, especially for information that you might want to save, such as Rules, Advisory Circulars, and Airworthiness Directives, is to save the file without viewing on-screen. The menu item for this varies depending on whether you are using a PC or Apple computer, and the browser. For example, in Microsoft Internet Explorer, right-click on the link, and select "Save Target As". You can then save the file to a folder on your hard drive, or flash drive, etc.

Difficulty Opening PDF Files

Sometimes a security or firewall setting can prevent PDF files from opening. Check these features in your browser settings, or the firewall installation on your computer. If on a network, contact your network administrator.