Meteorology

Meteorological products and services for civil aviation in New Zealand can only be provided by organisations certificated to do so by the CAA.  Under Civil Aviation Rule Part 174 - Meteorological Service Organisations, the Meteorological Service of New Zealand (MetService) and the Airways Corporation of New Zealand (Airways) are certificated to supply various categories of services. The majority of such services are currently provided by MetService.

There is no formal requirement from government for MetService to provide meteorological services to domestic civil aviation.

The CAA is the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Meteorological Authority in New Zealand, and, as such, gives exclusive license to MetService to carry out the operational requirements prescribed in ICAO Annex 3, Meteorological Service for International Air Navigation. This includes the provision of OPMET (TAFs, METARs and SPECIs for Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch aerodromes, and SIGMETs for the New Zealand and Auckland Oceanic FIRs).

This area of the CAA’s web site is intended to provide an up to date overview on access to, use of, and interpretation of aviation meteorological information by all sectors of the New Zealand aviation community.

Met Blog - a web log designed to give you brief updates on what's happening in the world of meteorology.

AvKiwi Safety Seminars - Wx Matters - includes apps and an online course.

How to Teach Met - Flight Instructor Seminar 2015 - by Greg Reeve, Aviation Meteoroloigst, MetService

Weather for Flight Planning

Weather Information

Weather Information Requirements for Foreign Operators

Volcanic Ash

NZ Practices and Procedures

 
Volcanic Ash Advisory System (VAAS)
The Volcanic Alert Level (VAL) System (PDF 670 KB)
Volcanic Eruption - Recommended Actions for Airports - poster (965 KB)
 

Reference Information 

Volcanic Ash Workshops - Reports
Forms

Emerging Hazards

Miscellaneous Information and Guides

Useful Links

Weather-related Products

To order, email info@caa.govt.nz, including your postal address.
VFR Met Minima Card VFR MET Minima (293 KB)

A5 card, hole-punched to fit in your Vol 4.

Revised Nov 2015
VFR Met GAP booklet VFR Met (2.5 MB)

This A5 booklet, in our Good Aviation Practice (GAP) series, covers why you should get Met, where you can get it, what you should get, and how to interpret it. It encourages you to use a set of tables to help you compare and contrast the weather for your flight, as a means of improving your weather-related decision making.

Revised Feb 2015
Weather Card Weather Card (213 KB)

A5 laminated card, hole-punched to fit in your AIP Vol 4.


Revised Jun 2016
Met Info poster Met Info

A handy A2 poster to put up near your flight planning desk, with the ARFOR areas and abbreviations right where you need them.


Published Jan 2017
New Zealand Cloud Types poster New Zealand Cloud Types (1.2 MB)

A1 poster




Revised 2006
Aircraft Icing Handbook Aircraft Icing Handbook
(New helicopter section added)

This is free on the internet, but if you require printed versions, there is a charge, as it is a large publication.
To order, call free 0800 GET RULES (0800 438 785), or order online, www.vertia.co.nz, or email info@vertia.co.nz.