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From: Jason McIntosh

Dear Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand,

Over the past months I have Increasingly witnessed strange lights and unusual aircraft ( mainly in the evenings) above Hamilton . They are often seen hovering for long periods of time and other times are seen moving around our skies . Around or on May 29 2020 between 5.45 and approx 9.00pm ,myself and at least three acquaintances (I found out later) witnessed what appeared to be a small unmanned fixed wing aircraft ( about the size of a family car ) circling at a low altitude above Dinsdale, Waikato University and the Bankwood Road areas .
I can only assume that these are some form of Surveillance Aircraft .
I have asked the NZ Police under the Freedom of Information Act if they use drones and they have stated that they don’t use them.
Please name the owners and operators of these craft and their purpose.

Yours faithfully,

Jason McIntosh

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Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand

Good afternoon Jason,

I am acknowledging receipt of your official information request dated 4 June 2020 for:

• Names of owners/operators of what appeared to be a small unmanned fixed wing aircraft (about the size of a family car) operating/circling at a low altitude above Dinsdale, Waikato University and the Bankwood Road areas on around 29 May 2020 between 17.45 and 21.00pm.

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Sue Holliday
Legal Administrator
Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand | Aviation Security Service
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Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand

Hi Jason

I checked CAA records and there are no complaints about drones or unmanned aircraft reported to the CAA for any incident on 29 May 2020.

If you want to report a drone safety concern yourself, please use the reporting system in the below link.

https://www.aviation.govt.nz/about-us/co...

Regards,

John Parnell
Principal Solicitor
Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand | Aviation Security Service
Te Mana Rererangi Tūmatanui o Aotearoa | Kaiwhakamaru Rererangi
Level 15 | Asteron Centre | 55 Featherston Street | PO Box 3555 | Wellington | 6011
(DDI) +64 (4) 560 9634 | M 021810585

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