What is a ‘Fit and proper person’ in Aviation?

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The New Zealand Civil Aviation Act 1990 requires applicants for an aviation document, including pilot licenses, to be assessed as a “fit and proper person.”

To be considered a fit and proper person, you must, among other things, have demonstrated a respect for the law, such that the Director may have confidence in your ability to fly within the Civil Aviation Rules. 

This is demonstrated by providing a criminal conviction history (which must be issued immediately preceding three months) from the Police Services and a road transport offense report from the Road Transport Office (RTO). 

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If you have lived in any other country you will need to provide criminal record history, including transport offense history from all countries outside NZ in which you have resided in for more than 6 consecutive months within the last 5 years (this may require separate criminal history and transport history reports, depending on the country).

When you apply for your license, you must provide the Director of Civil Aviation with information to make this assessment. 

It can take some time to get the information required to accompany your application, and your flight training organization should advise you when to start this process.

The International Aviation Academy of New Zealand trains over 140 pilots from over 16 countries and has experience in providing their cadet’s guidance to acquire these documents from their respective countries. 

As with the medical certificate, it is good to make sure you qualify as a fit and proper person before beginning flight training to avoid possible disappointment.

You are required to remain a fit and proper person throughout the operating life of your license.

For more information on the process, see www.caa.govt.nz, “Aviation Info > Pilots > Fit and Proper Person Process”.

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