NZ Agricultural AVIATION Association

NZ Agricultural Aviation Association

NZAAA was the inaugural division of the original AIANZ, and was founded in 1949, meaning this year it celebrates 75 years of successful operations. It was initially known as the NZ Aerial Work Operators Association. The aim of NZAAA is to provide an environment where its members can prosper, while working in safe environments.

Agricultural aviation encompasses the use of aircraft that are used to apply agrichemicals, fertilisers to support farmers and growers, conservation and biodiversity values and manage biosecurity threats. It also supports the forestry and horticulture sectors.

Agricultural aircraft are used in firefighting operations, while in recent times agricultural aviators have been involved in urban pest eradication programmes such as the Painted Apple Moth.

Currently, one of NZAAA’s critical pieces of work concerns District and Regional Plans that dictate the conditions for the use of rural airstrips and helicopter landing areas and, the discharge of agrichemicals and fertilisers.

Through the submission and hearing processes, NZAAA has been successful in having several District and Regional Councils amend proposed rules that would have resulted in limitations to important agricultural aviation activities.

NZAAA operators are Certificated under Part 137 of the Civil Aviation Act rules.

Industry Size

Currently, there are circa 105 Part 137 certificated agricultural operators.

Fixed wing aircraft include the Fletcher FU24, turbine-powered Fletchers, Crescos, XL750s Air Tractors and the GA200 Fatman.

Helicopter types range from the small H300 through to the Robinson series, the Bell 206 series, MDH series, Airbus AS350 series to the Bell UH-1H.


The NZAAA produces monthly newsletters for its members only that be accessed through this website.

The Chair of the NZAAA is Bruce Peterson and the Executive Officer is Tony Michelle.