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Servicing the NZAAA

NZAAA should be taking initiatives and actions at an industry wide level as part of a considered strategy. This paper identifies the issues the industry currently faces.


Controlled Substance Licence

If as a pilot applying VTA you are a bit confused and maybe even a bit frustrated if you find that you have to renew your CSL when it seems only last year you got it then check this - it might clarify a few things...


Which Regional Council and which plan

If you want to have a quick check on the status of any selected Regional Council plan you can go to


Council plans

If you want to check on the status of the Council plan for your patch - ie whether it is operational or proposed, click here then follow the instructions


Wire strike video

Check this out - Helicopter Association International Safety Video: Surviving The Wire Environment


Remote aircraft refuelling sites – do they need a location test certificate?

This from the latest HSNO Newsletter - Consider the following photograph, what, if any, location test certificates would it need?

Temporary fuel store

There are several different opinions as to whether a location test certificate would be needed, The conclusion…. a location test certificate would not be required if:

  • tank wagons are under the direct control of its driver
    (a sensible and pragmatic interpretation of “direct control” should apply),
  • IBC containers are not at the place for more than 18 hours
    (given that the fuel is Jet A-1),
  • plastic fuel containers are not at the place for more than 14 days and
    1. that the containers comply with Packaging Regulations; and
    2. fuel is situated 15 metres from HILU or regular habitation; and
    3. fuel is situated in the open or in a well ventilated building; and
    4. fuel is located so that a spill does not endanger any building, stream, lake or natural water.

If you want to know more - click here



Health and Safety

As a Pt 137 operator you will at some point have a Health and Safety Systems audit. You can prepare for that by using the Health and Safety manual from th CAA HSE unit. You can download a copy here


Report on Pilot Meetings

A report on the series of pilot meetings held around the country is available by clicking here


Spray drift?

Spray drift? check out this site

The main goal is to encourage any use of chemicals at the optimum time with respect to weather conditions and avoid drift to off target areas.

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