Notice Type
Secondary Legislation
Notice Title

Notification of General Direction

In accordance with section 27G(1) of the Civil Aviation Act 1990, General Direction – Timetable of Routine Examinations.

These General Directions (GD), Timing of Routine Examinations, is an updated revision of the published 2009 GD of the same name. Changes from the 2009 GD are:

  • Amended schedule of ECG recordings for Class 1, 2 and 3 applicants as medical evidence generally does not support routine screening by ECG;
  • Amended schedule of cardiovascular assessments for all classes, as the CVR estimation calculator used provides a 5-year risk estimation;
  • Amended schedule of blood glucose and blood lipid determination for all classes, to generally, coincide with CV risk estimation;
  • Amended schedule of formal audiometry assessments for all classes, as a well conducted voice test can reliably detect hearing loss that may be of aeromedical significance. This, excepted for applicants aged over 70 when the scheduled is increased;
  • Removal of the requirement to undertake spirometry for first general examination for a Class 2 or Class 3 certificate;
  • Requirement to undertake spirometry for Class 1 applicants at age 55 who have smoked in the past 5 years, instead of age 46 and 56 for those who have ever smoked; and
  • Introduction of a special vision examinations for Class 1 and Class 3 applicants from age 60 onwards, as vision issues are common beyond this age.

These General Directions are available for inspection and download on the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand website

Dated at Wellington this 11th day of November 2021.

KEITH MANCH, Director of Civil Aviation.