Visual Flight Rules Guide

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The Visual Flight Rules Guide (VFRG) helps pilots prepare, plan and fly safely under the visual flight rules. The guide explains the rules in plain English and by using practical information and examples.

If you use this guide, you will be meeting the general operating and flight rules.

This guide does not replace the regulations or other guidance material and may not include all of the information in the rules.

However, the guide does let you know where you can find more information, such as in the regulations or a Manual of Standards.

There are several ways to get a copy of the guide:

You can take an official copy of the VFRG into your recreational pilot licence or private pilot licence exam.

The updated guide consists of 7 chapters:

  1. Know your rules and responsibilities
  2. Planning your fight
  3. Flying your aircraft
  4. Flying your helicopter
  5. Radio communication procedures
  6. Decision-making and hazards
  7. Dealing with emergency situations.


We encourage feedback, including whether the guide provides:

  • information in simple, easy-to-read and understandable language
  • a logical structure and format to the information.


Occasionally we need to update content in the VFRG. If you download a copy, it will always have the most up-to-date content.

You can request a version history of amendments through the feedback form.

8.0 (latest hard copy version: 8.0)

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Printed copies are also available from the CASA Online Store.

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