New Zealand flight manual changes
The CAA is revising the New Zealand pages in all 750 aircraft Flight Manuals. It is a long process and may take up to five years to complete. Information within each Flight Manual which can no longer be verified, or which is no longer required under the Civil Aviation Rules may be removed. In some cases the manufacturer's Owners Manual will be adopted as the aircraft's New Zealand Flight Manual.
"P" charts obsolete
Your "P" charts are an example of the sort of information which will be removed from your Flight Manual. These were based on the requirements of the old regulations, which have been simplified in the new Rules. Therefore, your "P" charts may underestimate your aircraft's performance. However, you may prefer to continue using the safety margins these charts provide. They will simply no longer be part of your aircraft's Flight Manual.
We are also changing the way we manage amendments to aircraft Flight Manuals. We will no longer notify you individually when amendments have been made to your Flight Manual. Instead, we will maintain a list of the current revision status of each Flight Manual on our web site. You should keep your Flight Manual up to date by checking this list at least annually, during your Annual Airworthiness Review. Alternatively, you can make sure you are notified of changes by the Flight Manual Issuer (this is usually the manufacturer).
We are also revising the process used to approve Flight Manual Supplements. You will no longer be sent a list of all supplements which have been approved for your aircraft type. It will now be your responsibility to ensure your Flight Manual contains the appropriate supplements. Which supplements your Flight Manual must contain depends on what modifications and equipment your aircraft has. Applications for supplements should be made to the CAA.
As these changes are being phased in over several years, your old-style Flight Manual will remain valid until you receive the revised New Zealand pages.
Aircraft performance requirements, previously in CASO 4, which your "P" charts were produced to meet, are now contained in the Rules: see Subpart D – Performance within either
- Part 135 Air Operations – Helicopters and small aeroplanes
- Part 121 Air Transport Operations – Large Aeroplanes
Aircraft Performance for private operators an be found in
Advisory Circular 91-3 Aeroplane Performance (PDF)
Flight Manual information can be found under Aircraft Register. If you insert your client number or a Flight Manual number, the status of Flight Manuals for your aircraft fleet can be viewed.