This "How to ..." guide is to assist persons establishing a small aerodrome. Below we explain the different types of aerodrome in New Zealand, and the type this guide is intended for.

This guide should be read in conjunction with the relevant Rules and Advisory Circulars (ACs). It will assist you to comply with the Civil Aviation Rules. Compliance is the responsibility of the operator, however, and you should ensure that you are familiar with the Rules. Only the recommendations of the Civil Aviation Authority are covered - the operator or land-owner will also need to ensure they comply with all resource and local government requirements.

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Types of Aerodrome

When considering the construction of an aerodrome, it is necessary to determine what size of aircraft the facility is intended to be used for. Aerodromes are required to be certificated under Part 139 for operations of aircraft carrying 30 passengers or more. All other aerodromes are known as non-certificated aerodromes.

Within the non-certificated group of aerodromes, those used for operations of aircraft over 5700 kg maximum certificated take off weight (MCTOW) should use the standards in AC139-6.

This "How to ..." guide deals primarily with non-certificated aerodromes intended to be used by aircraft of  5700 kg MCTOW or less.

It is also necessary to determine how often the aerodrome is intended to be used. If it is anticipated that it will be used for more than 7 days in any 30 consecutive days, then Part 157 requires that the Civil Aviation Authority be notified so that an aeronautical study may be carried out. Further details of this study and the process that you will need to follow are in the next chapter of this guide.

Rules, Advisory Circulars, and Links

  • Part 157 Notice of Construction, Alteration, Activiation, and Deactivation of Aerodromes
  • AC157-1 Notice of intention to construct, alter, activate, or deactivate an Aerodrome
  • AC139-7 Aerodrome design, aeroplanes at or below 5700 kg MCTOW
  • AC139-9 Notification of aerodrome data and information

Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) is a division of Airways New Zealand and on behalf of the CAA publishes the AIP New Zealand, including the aeronautical charts.

AIP New Zealand, Volumes 1 to 4 are available on the Internet at no cost.

Contact Information

For further information contact:

Manager Aeronautical Services
Civil Aviation Authority
PO Box 3555
Wellington 6140
Tel: +64 4 560 9400