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Definition of Microlight Aircraft

  • Microlight aircraft means a basic low performance aircraft designed to carry not more than 2 persons which meets low momentum parameters.

Aircraft Registration and Certificate

  • Every person lawfully entitled to  the possession of an aircraft for 28 days or longer must, if the aircraft flies to, from, within, or over New Zealand territory, register that aircraft and hold a valid certificate of registration.

Maintenance Records

  • An operator of an aircraft, except a Class 1 microlight, must ensure that for each airframe, and each product and component that has a finite life or a TBO recommended by the manufacturer, accurate records are compiled in the appropriate maintenance logbook for the total time-in-service, and if applicable, the total cycles.
  • An operator of an aircraft, except a Class 1 microlight, must ensure that for each product and component, the maintenance records required are compiled and retained.

Permit to Fly

  • Only a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) or Microlight Inspection Authority holder may perform a permit to fly on a microlight.
  • Must be revalidated every 12 months

Modifications to a Microlight

  • This rule requires the operator who modifies a microlight that has a flight permit and that modification may affect the airworthiness of the aircraft, to have the aircraft re-inspected by a Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (LAME) or Microlight Inspection Authority holder.
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