Aircraft and Agricultural Statistics

Aircraft operators are required to provide a summary of aircraft flying activity to the CAA at regular intervals. Aircraft activity is measured by flying hours and/or number of flights, and for freight and agricultural operations, by tonnes carried.

See Forms for easy-to-use spreadsheets.

Send your returns to:

Commercial operators (Certificated Air Operations, Parts 119/135, 115, 137)

At the end of each quarter, report the hours flown, number of flights, and type of flight separately for each aircraft on your operations specification. Include a nil return for aircraft that have not flown any hours in the quarter. For aircraft on Part 115 parachute operations, simply report the number of flights (jumps).

Report Period covered Due date
1st quarter 1 Jan through 31 Mar 1 May
2nd quarter 1 Apr through 30 Jun 1 Aug
3rd quarter 1 Jul through 30 Sep 1 Nov
4th quarter 1 Oct through 31 Dec 1 Feb

Subscribe to "Aircraft and Agricultural Statistics" using our free email notification service and we'll send you a reminder each quarter (don't rely solely on this for compliance because email can be unreliable). If you are already a subscriber, you will need to add this topic to your selection.

Private operators

If you are a private owner, and your aircraft does not conduct hire or reward operations, you only need to report the total hours for the calendar year.

Just send an email stating the aircraft registration, period reported, and total hours flown.

More information

This data has a number of uses, but the most important is to calculate accident rates. Accident rates are a better measure of aviation risk than the number of accidents.

The data is also used to provide an early warning of developing safety risks due to increasing or declining activity, to compare different sectors, and to assess New Zealand’s safety performance relative to other countries.

For more details see Part 12, rule 12.151.

Agricultural product returns

Agricultural operators certificated under Part 137 have an additional requirement to report the quantities of agricultural product applied by air. This informs the CAA, the aviation industry, and other agencies about changes in agricultural productivity, economic conditions, and the environment. Agricultural product is reported as a total for the organisation.

Where does the information go?

The data is analysed and results published in the CAA Aviation Industry Safety Updates - issued six-monthly, see Safety Reports.