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Civil Aviation Rules

Civil Aviation Rules

Civil Aviation Rules

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Part 1 - Definitions and Abbreviations

Part 1 - Definitions and Abbreviations

This compilation of the above Civil Aviation Rule was made by the Civil Aviation Authority as a reference document to provide details of the current rule requirements. It is not the official version of the Rule and should only be used as a reference document. It does not contain the statement specifying the Rule Objective, and the Extent of Consultation.

Rule Brief

Part 1 contains the definitions and abbreviations used in the Civil Aviation Rules to facilitate the interpretation of those rules.

Part 1 includes—

  • Definitions of common terms used in the Rule Parts
  • Abbreviations used in the Rule Parts
Part 91 - General Operating and Flight Rules

Part 91 - General Operating and Flight Rules

This compilation of the above Civil Aviation Rule was made by the Civil Aviation Authority as a reference document to provide details of the current rule requirements. It is not the official version of the Rule and should only be used as a reference document. It does not contain the statement specifying the Rule Objective, and the Extent of Consultation.

Rule brief

Part 91 is an important rule as it forms the basis of general operating and flight rules for the New Zealand aviation environment. The requirements ensure that the safe operation of aircraft is possible with the minimum endangerment to persons and property.

Part 91 applies to all operators of aircraft. Subsequent operating rule Parts, such as Part 121, Part 135, or Part 104, prescribe additions or exceptions to Part 91 requirements. In all cases an operator will require information from Part 91.

The objective is to standardise the rules for all operators of aircraft by establishing rules applicable to –

each person operating an aircraft –

  • generally
  • under VFR
  • under IFR
  • in special circumstances such as displays, aerobatics, parachuting, gliding, and towing
  • any aircraft equipment, instrument, and certificate requirements and specifications
  • aircraft maintenance, preventative maintenance, and alteration requirements
Part 101 - Unmanned Aircraft - Operating Rules

Part 101 - Gyrogliders and Parasails, Unmanned Aircraft (including Balloons), Kites, and Rockets - Operating Rules

This compilation of the above Civil Aviation Rule was made by the Civil Aviation Authority as a reference document to provide details of the current rule requirements. It is not the official version of the Rule and should only be used as a reference document. It does not contain the statement specifying the Rule Objective, and the Extent of Consultation.

Rule Brief

 Part 101 prescribes the operating rules for persons operating:

  • unmanned aircraft, including;
  • moored balloons
  • free balloons
  • remotely piloted aircraft
  • control line model aircraft
  • free flight model aircraft
  • kites
  • rockets
  • gyrogliders
  • parasails.


This Part addresses the immediate safety risks associated with the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), and moves Vanuatu towards compliance with international standards and recommended practices with regard to RPAS. Part 101 only applies to RPAs of 25 kg and under that can fully comply with the rules in Part 101. To operate any RPA over this weight, and for operations that cannot comply with Part 101, the operator must be certificated under Part 102. For more information on which Part applies to your operation, please see the Advisory Circulars.

Rockets and Large Model Rockets are defined in rule 101.3 Definitions. Part 101 does not apply to model rockets smaller than those covered in the definitions.

Part 101 also includes a number of additional requirements for free balloons that are based on ICAO recommendations and are similar to the requirements specified by CASA and the FAA. The CAA expects that these additional requirements will improve the tracking, control, and avoidance by aircraft of free balloons.

As gyrogliders and parasails carry persons, there are basic rules in Part 101, Subpart F to ensure that personal risk is minimised.

AC 101-1 - Unmanned Aircraft - Operating Rules

AC 101-1 - Gyrogliders and Parasails, Unmanned Aircraft (including Balloons), Kites, and Rockets - Operating Rules

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) under 25 kilograms - Operating in compliance with Part 101 Rules

Part 102 Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certification

Part 102 Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certification

This compilation of the above Civil Aviation Rule was made by the Civil Aviation Authority as a reference document to provide details of the current rule requirements. It is not the official version of the Rule and should only be used as a reference document. It does not contain the statement specifying the Rule Objective, and the Extent of Consultation.

Rule Brief

The objective of Part 102 is to introduce a new rule to address the immediate safety risks associated with the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and take steps to achieve compliance with international standards and recommended practices with regard to unmanned aircraft.

AC 102-1 - Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certification

AC 102-1 - Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certification

Unmanned Aircraft - Operator Certification

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