NPRMs Closed for Submission

A Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) asks for comments on the proposed rule changes during a consultation period where anyone can make a submission.

A Summary of Public Submissions (SOPS) document is published on the CAA Web site after the public consultation period has closed for any given NPRM. The SOPS provides a summary of each submission received and the CAA response to the submission. The CAA responses provide the formal CAA position on the submission.

After publication of the SOPS the CAA prepares the draft final rule for delivery to the Ministry of Transport. As a result of public submissions, the draft final rule may contain amendments to the original rule proposal contained in the NPRM. All changes to the rule wording resulting from public submissions will be noted in the CAA responses and in the text supporting the draft final rule.

If any of the proposed rules that are published in an NPRM are to be significantly amended as a result of the public submissions, then the CAA will engage in further consultation with the appropriate interested parties before the draft final rule is forwarded to the Ministry. Further consultation after receiving submissions is an exception rather than the norm.

NPRM 19-02 Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Personnel Licensing (PDF 264 KB) - submissions closed 29 Mar 2019

The purpose of this NPRM is to propose amendments to Part 66 Aircraft Maintenance Personnel Licensing to update those areas of the rules that no longer reflect modern aircraft technology and maintenance practices. This is a result of advances in integrated aircraft avionics, maintenance practices and improvements in aircraft reliability.

NPRM 19-01 ICAO Alignment Rule Amendments (PDF 306 KB) - submissions closed 19 Oct 2018

Summary of public submissions received on NPRM 19-01 ICAO Alignment (PDF 39 KB)

The objective of this ICAO Alignment Rule proposal is to update the civil aviation rules so that they better align with the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) contained in the annexes to the Convention on International Civil Aviation 1944 (the Convention). As a signatory to the Convention and a member state of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), New Zealand has an obligation to consider and where appropriate, give effect to the ICAO SARPs.

The proposal addresses six of the findings from the 2006 ICAO audit of New Zealand’s aviation system as follows:

  1. a requirement for operators to establish aerodrome operating minima for each aerodrome to be used in air operations (Parts 121,125, 129 and 135);
  2. a requirement for New Zealand registered aircraft engaged in international commercial operations to carry a document attesting noise certification (Part 91);
  3. a requirement for the pilot-in-command to inform the appropriate air traffic services and relevant authorities of what dangerous goods are on the aircraft to assist the emergency services in their response (Part 91);
  4. update specifications for flight data recorders (FDRs) and cockpit voice recorders (CVRs) (Parts 121 and 125);
  5. a requirement for single pilot operations under IFR or at night to have means of displaying charts in all ambient light conditions (Part 125); and
  6. a requirement for all aeroplanes operated at night to be equipped with two landing lights (Parts 121 and 125).

The proposal will enhance aviation safety at minimal cost to the aviation industry, the travelling public, and the government.

NPRM 18-01 Aircraft Emergency Location Equipment (PDF 155 KB)

Summary of Public Submissions Received on NPRM 18-01 - Aircraft Emergency Location Equipment (PDF 127 KB)

The purpose of the proposed amendments to the emergency locator transmitter rules is to change the emphasis from the  prescriptive rules in Part 91 to a performance-based regulatory framework for aircraft emergency location equipment for installation in New Zealand registered aircraft operating in domestic airspace. The proposal also includes part of an ICAO amendment affecting Part 121 and Part 129 relating to the carriage of emergency locator transmitters.

The proposal also contains a draft Notice of Approval for Aircraft Emergency Location Systems.

Submissions closed 02 Oct 2017

NPRM 18-02 NSS Surveillance ADS-B above FL245 - (PDF 560 KB)

Summary of Public Submissions Received on NPRM 18-02 - NSS ADS-B Surveillance Above Flight Level 245 (PDF 132 KB)

Note: NPRM 18-02 NSS Surveillance ADS-B above FL 245, published on 14 Sep 2017, contained editorial errors in clause 2.1 General Summary. References were made to 'above flight level 24,500 feet' and 'below flight level 24,500 feet'. These references have been amended to read 'above flight level 245', and 'below flight level 245'. There are no other amendments. Submissions close on 27 Oct 2017. Any inconvenience caused is regretted.

The purpose of this rule is to update the Civil Aviation Rules to provide for the transition from secondary surveillance radar to Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) Out as the primary source of data for surveillance in New Zealand. This proposal primarily relates to changes to Part 91 and includes proposed amendments to other Civil Aviation Rule Parts to ensure they remain fit for purpose in an ADS-B surveillance environment.

The transition to ADS-B Out will occur in two phases:

  • firstly, in respect of aircraft that fly within controlled airspace designated under Part 71 within the New Zealand Flight Information Region above flight level 245 from 31 December 2018; and
  • secondly, in respect of aircraft that fly within transponder mandatory airspace designated under Part 71 within the New Zealand Flight Information Region below flight level 245 from 31 December 2021.

This NPRM concerns the rule changes required to implement the first of those two phases. This NPRM contains a draft Notice of requirements regarding ADS-B systems and a draft advisory circular.

The NPRM proposes that any ADS-B systems fitted on any aircraft (including those operating below flight level 245) after the date of commencement of this rule, would need to meet the standards set out in this rule.

Submissions closed 27 Oct 2017

NPRM 17-02 Small Issues Rule Amendments (PDF 380 KB)

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

The Small Issues Rule Amendments is the first of its kind, and as the name suggests, proposes a broad range of minor amendments to CAR Parts 1, 12, 21, 43, 61, 91, 115, 121, 125, and 135. There are eleven distinct policy items:

  1. Reviews of airworthiness for aircraft not used for hire or reward (rule 91.615);
  2. Definitions of “major modification” and “major repair” (rule 1.1);
  3. Ensuring most relevant standards for aircraft design changes (rules 21.83 (new) and 21.505);
  4. Prohibition on manipulation of controls (rules 115.215, 115.613, 115.667 and 115.759);
  5. Maintenance on large balloons (rule 43.54);
  6. Extended Diversion Time Operations (EDTO) requirements (Part 121 Subpart N);
  7. Landing distance assessment (rules 121.221, 121.223, 125.233, 125.235, 135.233, and 135.235);
  8. Leaving helicopters unattended with rotors turning under power (rules 91.120 and 135.67);
  9. Emergency electrical supply requirements for single engine aircraft (rule 125.361);
  10. Requirements for training, operation and use of aircraft following a safety review (Part 61 Subpart I (new));
  11. Reporting of tonnage carried on cargo-only flights (rule 12.151).

Submissions closed 20 Mar 2017

NPRM 17-01 Part 108 Re-issue: Air Operator Security Programme (PDF 277 KB)

The purpose of amendments to rules underpinning cargo and mail security in New Zealand is to, as far as is practicable, align the domestic cargo and mail security requirements in Part 108 with the international requirements as set out in Part 109.

The main aim of the amendments to Part 108 is to provide specific security controls for cargo and mail carried on domestic aircraft with more than 30 passenger seats, and on aircraft operated by Australian operators with ANZA privileges. These align with international best practice to assist in enhancing security outcomes for civil aviation in New Zealand.

Submissions closed 18 Oct 2016