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In, out and around Milford booklet

In, out and around Milford (PDF 1.5 MB)

Milford aerodrome and its surrounds present special challenges for pilots. This booklet provides a starting point for preflight considerations, including advice about weather and traffic. A full briefing is essential, but a check flight with an experienced Milford instructor is the best way to extend your flying skills.
Revised Apr 2019


New Zealand Airspace booklet

New Zealand airspace (PDF 1.9 MB)

It’s crucial to aviation safety that pilots, including drone operators, have a sound knowledge of airspace. This booklet explains the different classes of airspace, visual navigation charts, and the available air traffic services.
Revised Apr 2019


VFR Met booklet

VFR Met (PDF 1 MB)

This booklet covers all aspects of getting Met, to improve your weather-related decision making.
Revised Mar 2019


New titles


Becoming a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer booklet

Becoming a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer (PDF 715 KB)

For anyone thinking of taking up a career that’s varied, highly skilled, and absolutely critical to aviation safety, this booklet gives the nuts and bolts of how to get started.
First published Jan 2019


How to be a senior person booklet

How to be a senior person (PDF 691 KB)

Organisation certificate holders are required to have people designated as senior persons with specific responsibilities. This booklet prepares would-be senior persons for what will be required of them.
First published Jan 2019


How to be a pilot - junior booklet

How to be a pilot - junior (PDF 754 KB)

This booklet introduces 8-12 year olds to what is involved in becoming a pilot; and to a possible career in aviation.
First published Jan 2019


How to be an aircraft owner booklet

How to be an aircraft owner (PDF 1.4 MB)

Owning their own aircraft is a dream for many pilots. But owning an aircraft carries many responsibilities and obligations. This booklet describes what those are, for each category of aircraft.
First published Jan 2019


Earlier editions


How to navigate the rules booklet

How to navigate the rules (PDF 741 KB)

Whether aviation is your business or pleasure, you must follow the Civil Aviation Rules, established by the Minister of Transport in the public interest. This booklet explains the process of rule-making, and gives you an idea of the ones applying to your aviation activity.
Revised Jan 2019


How to be a pilot booklet

How to be a pilot (PDF 607 KB)

Whether you want to be a weekend flier, or a 737 captain, initially you’ll follow much the same process. This booklet explains how, during training, you’ll learn about yourself, the aircraft, weather, flying environment, and the rules pilots use to keep their flying safe.
Revised Jan 2019


In, Out and Around Auckland GAP booklet

In, Out and Around Auckland (PDF 1.8 MB)

Auckland has some of the most complex airspace in the country. This revised booklet features 10 aerodromes, from Waiheke Island to Mercer.
Revised Aug 2018


Plane Talking booklet

Plane Talking (PDF 4.4 MB)

Plane Talking is about good radio operating practice, including communicating effectively with air traffic control. Read it together with Advisory Circular AC91.9 Radiotelephony Manual (PDF 327 KB).
Revised Feb 2012


Bird Hazards booklet

Bird Hazards (PDF 1 MB)

Bird strikes tend to happen between 50 and 800 feet during take-off or landing. This booklet offers measures to avoid these potentially catastrophic collisions.
Revised Mar 2013


Fuel Management booklet

Fuel Management (PDF 1.3 MB)

This booklet examines the reasons behind the preventable issues of fuel starvation and exhaustion, and contains practical advice to make you more skilled in managing fuel.
Revised Mar 2016


Helicopter Performance booklet

Helicopter Performance (PDF 1 MB)

Performance-related helicopter accidents are quite common in New Zealand. This booklet examines factors affecting performance and provides safety guidance to pilots, including examples pilots can test themselves on.
Revised Oct 2012


How to be a Chief Flying Instructor booklet

How to be a Chief Flying Instructor (PDF 763 KB)

This guide outlines the basic responsibilities associated with – and the personal and professional qualities needed for – a role that is complex, busy and highly skilled.
Published May 2017


How to Report Occurrences booklet

How to Report Occurrences (PDF 1 MB)

Aviators have always looked at accidents and near misses to find out what went wrong, and how they can stop it happening again. This booklet offers step-by-step instructions on how to report, what to report, and who should report.
Revised May 2018


How to Deal with an Aircraft Accident Scene booklet

How to Deal with an Aircraft Accident Scene (PDF 491 KB)

This booklet provides guidance to the police, emergency services personnel, and others on what to do if they see, or have to attend, an aircraft accident.
Revised Apr 2016


How to Establish a Small Aerodrome booklet

How to Establish a Small Aerodrome

This guide is web-based only. It covers types of aerodromes, and where to find all the information you’ll need to set up a small aerodrome.
Published 2003


In, Out and Around Manawatu booklet

In, Out and Around Manawatu (PDF 1.9 MB)

This booklet gives pilots information, tips and warnings about operating in and around Manawatu - one of the country’s busiest and most complex pieces of airspace.
Revised Jan 2017


In, Out and Around Mount Cook booklet

In, Out and Around Mount Cook (PDF 3.7 MB)

While a unique and picturesque experience, flying in the Mount Cook area requires keen situational awareness. In, Out and Around Mount Cook provides a good overview of the weather and expected flight conditions in this area, as well as some mountain flying techniques.
Revised Oct 2011


In, Out and Around Queenstown booklet

In, Out and Around Queenstown (PDF 1 MB)

Flying in and out of this popular area presents some unique challenges: mountainous terrain, complex and busy airspace, and ‘character-building’ weather. This booklet contains advice on planning your flight around this remarkable area.
Revised May 2017


Mountain Flying booklet

Mountain Flying (PDF 1.3 MB)

In New Zealand, you’re bound to encounter mountainous terrain sooner or later. Special skills, knowledge and flying techniques are needed to navigate such terrain. This booklet outlines how to prepare for such flights.
Revised Jun 2012


Night VFR booklet

Night VFR (PDF 1.1 MB)

There are more risks and threats flying at night than flying during the day, so it’s essential to be trained specifically for night flying. This booklet looks briefly at some underlying principles and practices, including handling emergencies.
Revised Apr 2014


Secure your Aircraft booklet

Secure your Aircraft (PDF 2.1 MB)

Secure your Aircraft covers tying-down techniques and knots for multi-engine aircraft, helicopters, floatplanes, and skiplanes.
Revised Nov 2004


Spin Avoidance and Recovery booklet

Spin Avoidance and Recovery (PDF 2.8 MB)

This GAP booklet explains the conditions encouraging an aircraft to unintentionally spin, and what you can do about them. The CAA gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Tiger Moth Club of New Zealand in the production of this booklet.
Revised Jun 2014


Survival booklet

Survival (PDF 1.8 MB)

Do you know how long you could survive without air, shelter and clothing, rest, water, or food? This booklet offers specific advice on surviving in New Zealand’s different environments.
Revised Jan 2011


Takeoff and Landing Performance booklet

Takeoff and Landing Performance (PDF 1.8 MB)

A significant number of accidents and incidents occur during take-off and landing. This booklet explains the factors affecting performance during these phases, and explains the responsibilities of the pilot-in-command.
Revised Jun 2014


Wake Turbulence booklet

Wake Turbulence (PDF 1.4 MB)

This booklet warns pilots about the effects of wake turbulence, gives advice on avoiding it, and recovery techniques should you get caught. There’s information on helicopters, weight categories, separation, and occurrence reporting.
Revised Apr 2016


Weight and Balance booklet

Weight and Balance (PDF 670 KB)

This booklet emphasises the importance of calculating accurate weight and balance before a flight, including in multi-engine aircraft, and especially in aerobatics. It takes the reader through some worked examples, and includes a template they can reproduce for their own use.
Revised Nov 2014


Winter Flying booklet

Winter Flying (PDF 407 KB)

Winter means an altered operating environment. This booklet includes advice on ice protection systems, preflight preparations, and what to expect during starting, taxiing, take-off, during flight, landing, and parking.
Revised Apr 2014