Unmanned Aircraft

For specific advice on flying drones, see our Unmanned Aircraft - Drones page.

Related rules

Two Parts of the Civil Aviation Rules apply specifically to unmanned aircraft.

Intro to Part 101 - Everybody flying an unmanned aircraft must comply with the rules in Part 101, unless they've been granted a variation to those rules by the CAA.
Intro to Part 102 - Part 102 details the requirements for gaining an Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certificate. Anybody flying an unmanned aircraft with a take-off weight of more than 25kg, or requiring a variation from the Part 101 rules must be certificated.

List of Part 102 Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certificate Holders

Advisory Circulars provide explanatory information and examples of how to comply with these rules.

FAQs about unmanned aircraft

Read our Frequently Asked Questions about Unmanned Aircraft.

Unmanned aircraft training

The following organisations or persons have been approved by the Director to conduct training for people flying unmanned aircraft under Parts 101 and 102.

You might choose to undertake training to Part 101 level if flying for recreation – we would advise you to do so. Organisations undertaking Part 102 Unmanned Aircraft Operator certification must have pilots and personnel who are trained to the Part 102 standard.

Model Flying New Zealand (Part 101)
RPA Skills, Ryan Groves (Part 101)

Aviation Safety Management Systems Ltd (ASMS) (Parts 101 and 102)
Flight Test New Zealand (Parts 101 and 102)
HFT 2016 Ltd trading as Fly UAV (Parts 101 and 102)
Massey University (Parts 101 and 102)
Aviation Training Limited (Parts 101 and 102)


The CAA does not investigate breaches of the Privacy Act. If you think your privacy has been breached by the operator of a drone or unmanned aircraft, please contact the New Zealand Police.

Operators should be familiar with privacy implications resulting from misuse of their unmanned aircraft. They should always respect people's privacy and stay a considerate distance away from people and private property. They should also ask for consent before filming or taking photographs of people in places where there is an expectation of privacy.

CAA safety promotion products

These products are free to download, or email info@caa.govt.nz for a printed copy.

Fly the right way (PDF 965 KB)

This brochure gives an overview of some of the rules around operating drones, model aircraft, and any remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS). Retailers are encouraged to have these on display and to give them to their customers.

New Zealand Airspace poster (PDF 469 KB)
New Zealand Airspace - GAP booklet (PDF 2.9 MB)

Plane talking (PDF 1.5 MB)
Plane talking is a handy guide to good radio operating practice, and covers the basics of good RTF, equipment, and technique.

Plane talking should be read in conjunction with Advisory Circular 91.9 Radiotelephony Manual (PDF 327 KB).

See Publications for more CAA safety promotion products.

Approved Person or Organisation under Rule 101.202

The following organisations or persons have been approved by the Director for the construction, inspection and operation of unmanned aircraft from 15-25kg. See Part 101 for more information.

Model Flying New Zealand
Aeronavics - +64 7 825 5058
Shotover Photography
Mr Chris Jackson - +64 21 072 9458

More information about unmanned aircraft

Airspace for Unmanned Aircraft

Report Dangerous Drone Activity

Post-implementation Review of Parts 101 and 102

RPAS Frequencies

Part 101 and Part 102 Forms - including Compliance Matrixes

Unmanned Aircraft - Drones

External links


Department of Conservation - Drone use on conservation land


Contact us

If you have any questions about unmanned aircraft rules, or would like to apply for a Part 102 certificate, please email: rpas@caa.govt.nz.