The long-awaited shake-up of aviation law will have airlines and airports a little edgy.

Released with little fanfare on Friday by Transport Minister Phil Twyford, the Civil Aviation Bill is seen as a once-in-a generation opportunity to get governance of the sector right by updating and streamlining the rules.

The minister says all parts of aviation will be affected by the changes and he's right - through 400 clauses it covers everything from new ''bottle to throttle'' drug and alcohol rules for pilots to updating law to protect aviation security dogs.


Airlines will be looking with interest at the