undefinedGAP booklets are the best advice we can give on aviation practice.

These booklets are available free to New Zealand aviation participants, just email publications@caa.govt.nz.

Becoming a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer GAP bookletBecoming a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer [PDF 714 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

Being a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer - juniorBeing a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer - junior [PDF 713 KB]

Following on the success of How to be a pilot – junior, the CAA’s safety promotion team has now produced Being a LAME – junior, introducing 8-13 year olds to an aviation maintenance career.
First published Nov 2019

Bird Hazards GAP bookletBird 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 GAP bookletFuel 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 GAP bookletHelicopter Performance [PDF 1.6 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 Feb 2020

How to be an aircraft owner GAP bookletHow 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.
Revised Sep 2020

How to be a Chief Flying Instructor GAP bookletHow 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 be a pilot GAP bookletHow to be a pilot [PDF 606 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

How to be a pilot - junior GAP bookletHow to be a pilot - junior [PDF 753 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 a safety manager bookletHow to be a safety manager [PDF 902 KB]

This booklet includes advice on the personal and professional qualities needed to be an effective safety manager overseeing a robust safety management system. It also includes brief guidance from current safety managers on the role.
First published Feb 2020

How to be a senior person GAP bookletHow to be a senior person [PDF 787 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.
Revised Sep 2020

How to deal with an aircraft accident scene GAP bookletHow 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 navigate the rules GAP bookletHow 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 report occurrences GAP bookletHow to Report Occurrences [PDF 942 KB]

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 Dec 2019

In, out and around Auckland GAP bookletIn, 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

In, out and around Christchurch booklet In, out and around Christchurch [PDF 1.8 MB]

Canterbury is a busy and complex piece of airspace. This booklet brings pilots up-to-date with airspace requirements, and visual reporting points.
Revised Feb 2020

In, out and around Manawatu GAP bookletIn, Out and Around Manawatu [PDF 1.7 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 Milford GAP bookletIn, 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 best.
Revised Apr 2019

In, out and around Mount Cook GAP bookletIn, Out and Around Mount Cook [PDF 3.6 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 GAP bookletIn, Out and Around Queenstown [PDF 989 KB]

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 GAP bookletMountain Flying [PDF 1019 KB]

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 Mar 2012

New Zealand airspace GAP bookletNew Zealand airspace [PDF 2.9 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

Night VFR GAP bookletNight VFR [PDF 1.3 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 Sep 2020

Plane talking GAP bookletPlane talking [PDF 1.5 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 350 KB).
Revised Jul 2019

Secure Your Aircraft GAP bookletSecure your Aircraft [PDF 2 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 GAP bookletSpin Avoidance and Recovery [PDF 2.9 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 GAP bookletSurvival [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

Take-off and Landing PerformanceTake-off and landing performance [PDF 1.9 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 Feb 2020

VFR Met GAP bookletVFR Met [PDF 999 KB]

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

Wake Turbulence GAP bookletWake Turbulence [PDF 1.3 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 GAP bookletWeight and Balance [PDF 644 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 GAP bookletWinter Flying [PDF 697 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

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