Drone Usage

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) defies four-kilometre zones around all aerodromes, where the use of the airspace is further restricted. In these zones, you need to have a pilot license (or to be accompanied by someone who does) in addition to having permission from air traffic control. Airport Management is responsible for authorising and monitoring the operation of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) within 4km of Hokitika Airport.


a) The operator is to complete Appendix 10 of the manual – the NZ Airport Association Operator Agreement / Authorisation Form (see below), for each flight with at least 24 hours’ notice (required for issue of a NOTAM).

b) Part 102 operators are required to give at least 48 hours’ notice to provide Airport Management enough time for risk assessment.

b) If the flight is approved, Airport Management will sign the authorisation and forward a copy to the operator.

c) The operator must comply with Civil Aviation Rules and be familiar with Rule Part 101.

d) The operator must comply with Hokitika Airport conditions of operation:

– The operator and observor/supervising pilot must wear a Hi-Viz jacket.

– An aeronautical band radio must be monitored on frequency 119.800 MHz.

– No flights will be authorised in the corridor bounded by Revell Street. Davie Street and Gibson Quay; being the approach path for runway 03/21 (unless it is a shielded operation).

A completed form is required for each flight with 24 hours’ notification. Please note the Airport conditions which form part of each request.

Emergency flights can be authorised as required.

Phone:  027 217 8091

Email:  management@hokitikaairport.co.nz

Useful Resources:

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA): Drones

AIRSHARE™ – The UAV Hub for New Zealand

Remotely Piloted Aircraft – Request for Approval

Provide Information

Enter information about your proposed RPAS flight.

Please be descriptive to determine any possible impact on airport or aircraft operations.

Safety Observer

Please provide details of your Safety Observer (this must be separate to the pilot).

A safety observer is required to meet Civil Aviation Rule Part 101.205 (a)(1)(iii)(A).