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The course includes extensive insight from meteorologists, local weather tips, and interviews with industry experts.

Free Apps

These apps have been developed to help your weather awareness.

Use the links below to download.

GARFOR smartphone app



Every pilot knows what an ARFOR is and with the CAA’s newest online tool, you can build a picture to help you understand the weather on your flight. We call it a graphical ARFOR, or GARFOR. This tool helps you to translate the coded forecasts into a picture.

This app is designed to help you better understand weather but it should complement, not replace, an aviation forecast. This app has been designed for tablets and iPads - it will not work on a phone.

Met Decoder smartphone app

Met Decoder


Sometimes a Met report can be a little complex. So put the report into the Met Decoder and it will translate it into plain English, ensuring you have the clearest possible picture of the weather. This is an ideal tool for recreational pilots.

Weather Diary smartphone app

Weather Diary


With Weather Diary, we challenge you to see if you can predict how the weather will affect your flight. Look at the forecasts, watch the weather, and gather as much information as you can. Then note down in the app what you expect the weather to do the next day – include some timings too.

Further Information

Meteorology - the CAA web pages that give you comprehensive aviation meteorology information

Weather-related Products

To order, email info@caa.govt.nz, including your postal address.
VFR Met GAP booklet VFR Met (PDF 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 (PDF 151 KB)

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

Revised Aug 2017
VFR Met Minima Card VFR MET Minima (PDF 293 KB)

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

Revised Nov 2015
New Zealand Cloud Types poster New Zealand Cloud Types (PDF 1.2 MB)

A1 poster

Revised 2006
Aircraft Icing Handbook Aircraft Icing Handbook (PDF)
(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.