Weather Information for Your Flight

The information listed below for General Aviation (VFR and IFR), represents the minimum set of aviation weather products that should be used by an aircraft operator for the planning and conduct of a flight in accordance with Civil Aviation Rules, Parts: 1, 91, 119, 121, 125 and 135. It is recommended that additional aviation weather products should also be used, and these should be selected from the List of Aviation Weather Products.

The products listed in the column titled “Aviation Weather Product” represent Meteorological Information as defined in Civil Aviation Rules, Part 1 Definitions and Abbreviations.

Contents of this page:

General Aviation VFR
General Aviation IFR
Domestic Airlines
International Flights

General Aviation VFR

When to Use Type of Information Aviation Weather Product Coverage/Content
Pre-flight Overview NZ situation, surface weather charts (latest and forecast), radar and satellite imagery New Zealand and Tasman Sea. To get the big picture and assess an initial VFR go/no go
Warnings and Advisories SIGMET (Textual and Graphical (GSM)), VAA New Zealand FIR (details of hazardous weather)
Aerodrome TAF, METAR/SPECI, METAR/AUTO, ATIS, AWS*, BWR* Departure, destination and alternate aerodromes.
En-route planning ARFOR Intended route plus any planned alternate routes.
In flight Hazardous weather and aerodrome update SIGMET, TAF, METAR/SPECI, METAR/AUTO, BWR*, ATIS Update of pre-flight information. Hazardous weather and destination and alternate aerodromes.

* To supplement METAR, SPECI or METAR AUTO reports, or as a substitute report in the absence of METAR, SPECI or METAR AUTO reports from the aerodrome(s) concerned. AWS and BWR are not an alternative to METAR, SPECI or METAR reports when such reports are available.

General Aviation IFR

When to Use Type of Information Aviation Weather Product Coverage/Content
Pre-flight Overview NZ situation, surface weather charts (latest and forecast), radar and satellite imagery New Zealand and Tasman Sea.
To get the big picture
Warnings and Advisories SIGMET (Textual and Graphical (GSM)), VAA New Zealand FIR (details of hazardous weather)
Aerodrome TAF, METAR/SPECI, METAR/AUTO, ATIS, AWS*, BWR* Departure, destination and alternate aerodromes.
En-route planning ARFOR (for flights up to 10,000ft
ROFOR (for flights above 10,000ft)
Intended route plus any planned alternate routes.
In flight Hazardous weather and aerodrome update SIGMET, TAF, METAR/SPECI, METAR/AUTO, BWR*, ATIS Update of pre-flight information. Hazardous weather and destination and alternate aerodromes.

* To supplement METAR, SPECI or METAR AUTO reports, or as a substitute report in the absence of METAR, SPECI or METAR AUTO reports from the aerodrome(s) concerned. AWS and BWR are not an alternative to METAR, SPECI or METAR reports when such reports are available.


The information listed below for Domestic Airlines and International Flights, represents the minimum set of aviation weather products that should be used by an aircraft operator for the planning and conduct of a flight in accordance with Civil Aviation Rules, Parts: 1, 91, 119, 121, 125 and 129.

The products listed in the column titled “Aviation Weather Product” represent Meteorological Information as defined in Civil Aviation Rule, Part 1 Definitions and Abbreviations.

The minimum level shown for international flights is based on the requirements specified in ICAO, Annex 3, and WMO, Technical Regulations.

It is recommended that additional aviation weather products should also be used, and these should be selected from the List of Aviation Weather Products.

Domestic Airlines

When to Use Type of Information Aviation Weather Product Coverage/Content
Pre-flight Overview NZ Aviation Situation (AVSIT), surface weather charts, radar and satellite imagery and "aerodromes to watch" listing New Zealand and Tasman Sea.
To get the big picture
Warnings and Advisories SIGMET (Textual and Graphical (GSM)), VAA New Zealand FIR
Aerodrome TAF, METAR/SPECI, METAR/AUTO, ATIS, AWS*, BWR* Departure, destination and alternate aerodromes.
En-route planning ROFOR and SIGWX chart Intended route(s) and alternate routes
In flight Hazardous weather and aerodrome update SIGMET, TAF, METAR/SPECI, METAR/AUTO, BWR*, ATIS Update of pre-flight information. Hazardous weather and destination and alternate aerodromes.

* To supplement METAR, SPECI or METAR AUTO reports, or as a substitute report in the absence of METAR, SPECI or METAR AUTO reports from the aerodrome(s) concerned. AWS and BWR are not an alternative to METAR, SPECI or METAR reports when such reports are available.

International Flights

When to Use Type of Information Aviation Weather Product Coverage/Content
Pre-flight Overview Satellite imagery Snapshot indication of current observed en-route weather features (eg, CB)
Warnings and Advisories SIGMETs (Textual and Graphical (GSM))*, VAA New Zealand FIR and New Zealand Oceanic FIR, and all other en-route FIRs
Aerodrome TAF, METAR/SPECI, METAR/AUTO, ATIS, TREND Departure, destination and alternate aerodromes
En-route planning Charts (1)
(a) SIGWX (HI)
(b) SIGWX (MID) (2)
(c) WIND/TEMP

FL250 - FL630
FL100 - FL250
FL340 (250 hPa)
In flight Hazardous weather and aerodrome update TAF, METAR/SPECI, METAR/AUTO, TREND.
Auckland VOLMET, ATIS
Update of pre-flight information. Hazardous weather and destination and alternate aerodromes.
(1) The charts should cover the entire route (and alternate routes). Chart validity should cover the intended flight time plus two hours.
(2) For EDTO flights only. Provided in addition to a SIGWX (HI) chart.
*GSM for New Zealand and Auckland Oceanic FIRs only

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