Welcome to UAVNZ, the association for UAV professionals.

We are fortunate to be working in a sector that is the future of aviation. There are rapid advances in unmanned aviation, and it is possible to see the day looming when unmanned aviation is commonplace across the entire sector. Today, the predominant UAV task is aerial photography and UAV are rapidly capturing a majority stake in this market. However, the near-term future will see UAV branch out across other industry sectors and performing other tasks. The fundamental technology elements that will drive this are:

• Beyond Visual Line of Sight Operations
• UAV Mission Automation
• UAV Range, Endurance and Lift Capacity

When these factors become available at a market-competitive price point, with a level of capability that makes the task viable, it is inevitable that UAV will start to take market-share in those sectors. For this transition to occur smoothly it is essential that the UAV industry has a voice and influence in the sector. This is the role of UAVNZ – to be a collective voice that can help to steer the industry and regulatory environment in the direction that will develop a world-leading professional unmanned aviation industry for New Zealand.

So come along and join us as we work together to shape the future UAV industry. We would love to have your input, and are always looking for new ideas.

Yours in UAV, Fly Safe,


Andy Grant
Chair of UAVNZ


Linda was born and raised in The Netherlands where she enjoyed a versatile career in IT and telecommunications, change management and team dynamics. New and disruptive technologies have been a common thread throughout her career.
In 2007 she moved to Australia, where in 2010 she and co-founder Rob Brouwer launched Aeronavics Ltd. Aeronavics develops and manufactures commercial drones for the global industrial markets. Early 2011 they moved the company to New Zealand, where they continued to innovate the industry.
Linda, representing Aeronavics, has been involved with many initiatives throughout the years to help form the drone industry we know today and has been on the board of UAVNZ since its inception in 2013.

Isaac is a member of academic staff at Massey University School of Aviation, lecturing in the areas of human factors and aeronautics. He has an active interest in the adoption of unmanned aircraft for commercial, humanitarian and governmental applications with particular focus on how the aircraft are operated and regulated in various applications. He consults for several commercial unmanned aircraft operators in New Zealand and abroad and has helped several companies achieve certification under Part 102 of the Civil Aviation Rules. Outside of the world of unmanned aircraft, Isaac is an active researcher in the areas of marketing and branding in air transportation, relationships between tourism and air transportation and the adoption of new technologies into the aviation sector.

Raised in New Zealand, Richard began his aviation career as a commercial helicopter pilot. He became a flight instructor, owned and operated a helicopter business in Tauranga before returning to the training environment as a deputy chief flying instructor at Helicopter Flight Training. In 2013 Richard moved to Australia and worked for a charter operator in Brisbane and started a RPAS operation.

Richard owns and operates three businesses operating RPAS; FLYUAV his Part 102 Inspection and Part 141 Authorised Training School, Airborne Operations which specialises in helping small organisations access Part 102 and RAWmedia which operates as a general media marketing company.

Richard operates in NZ, Australia and the wider pacific including consulting with regulators across the pacific.


Murray Milne has worked in the film & tv industry all his life, using his love of diving and flying to take cameras underwater and into the air. Many of the helicopter filming jobs now use drones for much of the close proximity flying, so Murray uses his UAV flying and camera skills all around NZ for many productions. Murray joined UAVNZ to help protect and further the freedom of drone use that we are lucky to have in NZ, and offer his experience as a pilot and film maker.

Chief Executive
Aviation New Zealand

John Nicholson was appointed Chief Executive of Aviation New Zealand in 2016, having worked for the organisation since 2008.

Before joining Aviation NZ, John gained considerable international experience with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and predecessor organisations.  From 2002 to 2006 he was Regional Manager Australia/Pacific based in Sydney, and from 1999 to 2001 was Regional Manager ASEAN based in Singapore.

From 1996 to 1998, John was General Manager Corporate Services and Communications and Board Secretary at Trade New Zealand.

He has considerable knowledge and understanding of New Zealand product and service capabilities across the whole economy.


Key Goals and Influence

Aviation NZ – the UAVNZ Chairman is on the council of this 290+ membership organisation which operates across the aviation industry.  Membership ranges from Air New Zealand down to small owner operated businesses.

Aviation Community Advisory Group (ACAG) – through the Aviation NZ CE we are represented on this high level group that advises CAA on priorities and industry issues.

New Southern Skies – through the UAVNZ Chairman, we participate in this group that is developing rules around future airspace use in New Zealand.

CAA RPAS Team – the UAVNZ Executive Committee has several touchpoints in CAA to influence Rule and AC development as well as new regulations around airworthiness.

Whole of Government approach to RPAS – the UAVNZ Executive Committee and Aviation NZ have several touchpoints with this group.

Media – UAVNZ and Aviation NZ have wide ranging media relationships.

Conferences, workshops and gatherings – for members and with Government agencies and companies.

Our purpose is to maximise the benefits from UAV technologies.