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Our purpose is to maximise the benefits from UAV technologies.

We are driven by the industry and managed by volunteers from the industry.

UAVNZ includes: operators, manufacturers, researchers, Airways, Callaghan Innovation, and customers; anyone focused on UAV industry growth.


  • To build public understanding of commercial unmanned aircraft operations
  • To support policy work relating to the unmanned aerospace sector
  • To grow the NZ UAV Market
  • To develop best practice and set standards for airworthiness
  • To advocate on behalf of the commercial unmanned aerospace sector

Current Matters

UAVNZ will be holding its 2022 AGM at 7:30pm on 29 November via Zoom. We anticipate this will be a quick AGM with only the following agenda items:
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uavnzlogo1 UAVNZ Conference 2022

This year, UAVNZ is hosting a virtual conference using the professional event management software, Whova. read more

UAVNZ Newsletter September

Your UAVNZ Executive Committee has been working hard to advocate for the sector and also on a number of professionalisation initiatives. We are also running our first conference since 2017, although this time it will be virtual. Below, some of the key streams of work and important updates are detailed.
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UAVNZ Seeks Feedback on Professional Standards for Training Organisations

Today, UAVNZ is releasing a draft of its Professional Standards for Training Organisations. Training organisations play a fundamental role in the development and professionalisation of the unmanned aerospace sector.  read more

Press Release: Misleading CAA Advertising Causes Industry Concerns

Over the last few weeks, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has used Facebook advertising to target the general public in an attempt to educate potential drone users. Like the CAA, UAVNZ considers aviation safety of paramount importance and we want to see such initiatives happen. However, we have some concerns about some of the messaging, particularly an advertisement about “no fly zones” that began running last week. read more

New UAVNZ Committee

Congratulations to Daniel Morton from Ferntech NZ, Colin Aitchison from GCH UAV and Rick Watson from Massey University for all being elected onto the Executive Committee. Murray Milne has also been re elected onto the committee for another two years. 

Committee members are: Chair: Isaac Henderson (Massey University), Deputy Chair: Cameron Baker (ECTech), Linda Bulk (Aeronavics), Richard Milner (HFT 2016 Ltd ta FLYUAV), Colin Aitchison (GCH UAV), Chris Jackson (Jackson Unmanned Aerospace), Rick Watson (Massey University), Daniel Morton (Ferntech NZ) and Murray Milne (Muzcam). contact details

August Newsletter

At the beginning of 2021, our executive committee agreed to three priority areas of focus for UAVNZ, which were: Membership growth, Membership engagement and Advocacy

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Monthly Newsletter

  • Social Media Presence
  • UAVNZ Priorities for 2021
  • Ministry of Transport’s Enabling Drone Integration Discussion Document
  • Enabling Drone Integration – Public Consultation
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Taking Flight – An aviation system for the automated age

Earlier in July the ministry of transport has published their “Drone Integration Paper” outlining their vision to enable a thriving, innovative and safe drone sector. See the paper here.

UAVNZ Resources

Requirements for the certification and operation of unmanned aircraft outside Part 101.
Suppliers in the UAV industry.
Our "Code of Conduct"
This is applicable to all drone pilots
Explore the benefits of Membership
and send in your application
Training opportunities, schedules
and links to certification
Resources for members of UAVNZ

UAV Applications and Industry Sectors

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Monitoring and surveillance Horticulture and Agriculture Search, Rescue and Medical Mapping and Surveying Asset Inspection

Our supporters

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