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Visual flight guide
The new 2018 (ver 6.0) edition of Visual Flight Rules Guide (VFRG) is now available.
The new version replaces the previous version from 2015 and is now available for purchase at our online store.
The VFRG is designed primarily for VFR pilots engaged in domestic operations, with the printed version featuring a comprehensive booklet comprising detailed safety information, diagrams, charts and maps.
The VFRG is divided into five main sections, plus an index:
- General—the rules, licensing, pilot responsibilities, radio procedures
- Pre-flight planning—meteorology, briefing, notification, information services
- Operations—communications, non-controlled aerodromes, controlled airspace sport aviation, helicopter operations
- Helicopter operations
- Emergency procedures
The new edition features amendments to various rules and regulations, and incorporates feedback received from the aviation community since the previous 2015 version (ver 5.0).
Key changes to note:
- New fuel rules covering minimum fuel requirements that came into force on 8 November 2018
- Recent changes to aviation medical certification
- Substantial amendments to the Graphical Area Forecasts (GAFs) section and inclusion of Grid Point Wind and Temperature (GPWT) forecasts to provide a display of data derived from weather model data
- Streamlined information on NAIPS to remove outdated aerial forecast information with the introduction of GAF
- Amended examples (including calculations, graphics and charts) such as calculating quantity of usable fuel required and beginning of first light, to reflect the intent of the current rules
- Amendments to several references to respective CASRs, CARs, CAAPs, CAOs, and AIP as it stands today
- Textual changes to improve clarity and readability
- Updated abbreviations and acronyms
Note that references are correct as per current rules (at November 2018).
Visit vfrg.casa.gov.au regularly for updates.