Details for NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING – SECTION 36A

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE MAKING – SECTION 36A
CIVIL AVIATION ACT
ADOPTION OF TWO NEW ZELAND CIVIL AVIATION RULE PARTS RELATING TO
REMOTELY PILOTED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS / DRONES: PART 101 & 102
TO BE KNOWN AS:
VANUATU CIVIL AVIATION RULE PART 101 and 102
I, Jotham Napat, Minister of Infrastructure and Public Utilities, with responsibility for
civil aviation, am proposing to make the following Rules:
Vanuatu Civil Aviation Rule (VCAR): Part 101 Gyrogliders and Parasails, Unmanned
Aircraft (including Balloons), Kites, and Rockets – Operating Rules
Vanuatu Civil Aviation Rule (VCAR): Part 102 Unmanned Aircraft Operator Certification
Content of Rule Incorporated by Reference
In accordance with section 36A of the Civil Aviation Act 1999 this Rule Part, incorporates
by way of reference, the Rules contained in New Zealand Civil Aviation Rule Part 101
and 102 in force as at 1 July 2018 as modified hereunder and shall be read subject to an
Adoption and Interpretation Statement.
Objective of the Rule
The purpose of Part 101 is to prescribe the operating rules for persons operating:
• unmanned aircraft, including;
o moored balloons
o free balloons
o remotely piloted aircraft
o control line model aircraft
o free flight model aircraft
• kites
• rockets
• gyrogliders
• parasails.
The purpose of Part 102 is to set the requirements for the certification and operation of
unmanned aircraft outside of Rule Part 101.
The Rules address a current gap in the regulation of remotely piloted aircraft systems
(RPAS), also known as ‘drones’, ‘unmanned aircraft/aerial system’ (UAS), ‘remotely
piloted aircraft’ (RPA), and ‘unmanned aerial vehicle’ (UAV) and other equivalent terms,
by establishing a new rule part to regulate the activity of these aircraft.
Vanuatu first adopted Part 101 of the New Zealand Civil Aviation Rules on 21 July 2006.
Since this date there have been multiple amendments to the New Zealand rule which
have not been adopted in Vanuatu. Significant amendments to Part 101 occurred
in August 2015 which were directed at better regulation of RPAS, alongside a new
certification rule part for RPAS under Part 102.
The proposed adoption of Rules is intended to ensure that the rule remains fit for
purpose and up to date.
The issues underpinning, and policy objectives of, the amendments to the Rule is set
out in the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) issued in New Zealand in December
2014.
Copies of the New Zealand Civil Aviation Rules and above-referred NPRM are available
from:
•
CAA web site: http://www.caa.govt.nz/
•
NZ +64 0800 GET RULES (0800 438 785)
The proposed Adoption and Interpretation Statements to accompany the VCAR can be
emailed to interested parties on request - email rpas.civav@vanuatu.com.vu to request
a copy.
A copy of Part 101 and Part 102 of the New Zealand Civil Aviation Rules (Consolidated
versions) and the proposed Adoption and Interpretation Statements can also be
inspected at the Civil Aviation Authority offices, in Port Vila.
Submissions and Feedback
If you would like to make a submission on the proposed rule-making or the proposed
Adoption and Interpretation Statements, you are invited to make a submission or
provide feedback to:
rpas.civav@vanuatu.com.vu
OR
The Civil Aviation Authority Level 6
Equity Investment Ltd Group House
Street Rue Captain Bligh
Port Vila
All submissions and feedback must be received by the 10th of August, 2018.
Consultation with key stakeholders, including Airports Vanuatu Limited, will occur
during the consultation period.

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