Find out more about our fixed-wing flight training safety strategy.

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What's in a name?

We've received a lot of feedback regarding the team/intervention name and intent of the industry briefing document [PDF 1.9 MB], which was sent out to the flight training industry in December 2020. We've taken this feedback seriously and have held a series of workshops to rename the team and intervention work as Safety Strategies. Our mission is to carefully analyse all available safety information and develop strategies to help improve safety performance. This is a partnership between industry and regulator and so we thank all of you who have provided feedback to date.

Updates on our progress

06 September 2021

Flight Instructor Guide

We’ve been revising the Flight Instructor Guide and the standard overhead join poster.

We’ve revised all the briefings and they’re now online. We’ve refreshed the diagrams which can now be downloaded. Shortly, we'll have the instructional techniques sections reinstated from the original edition of the Flight Instructor Guide. This is designed to support the Instructional Techniques Course.

Following on from that, we'll have revised 'whiteboard layouts' available for downloading. We’ll then collate all the material for a new printed version. But first we'd like your feedback on the revision so far. Please email katrina.witney@caa.govt.nz with your comments by 30 September 2021.

The updated standard overhead join poster is available through your local aviation safety advisor.

Monitoring and inspection activity

The monitoring and inspection visits associated with the flight training safety strategy are finished. The CAA visited 15 Part 141 flight training organisations, but at this stage of the safety strategy we haven’t visited Part 61 aero clubs.

Our inspectors met senior persons of these organisations and discussed the flight training safety strategy and key focus areas. We appreciate the openness of, and engagement with, these training professionals as we all focus on shared safety outcomes. The open and frank nature of these discussions gave us valuable insight into managing safety in the flight training industry.

The inspectors focused on cross-country training, instructor experience and supervision. Common themes have been identified across the schools and this is captured in the Part 141 monitoring and inspection activity update [PDF 286 KB]. The information we collected and the themes we identified will help shape our work in the flight training sector.

Standard overhead join video development

Over the past few months we’ve been working with industry representatives and CAA examiners to produce this video, making sure we include all relevant points. We’ve completed filming and are now in the final stages of editing. We’re excited to share this with you all and hope to release within the next few months.

Flight instructor seminars

Due to uncertainty around COVID-19 alert levels, the Licensing and Standards team have decided to postpone the flight instructor seminars until early 2022. Other alternatives are being explored. Updates will be available through the CAA website, email notifications, and in Vector magazine.

Occurrence themes – near miss events in the circuit

We’ve been following up on occurrences reported to the CAA. So, we can review common themes occurring in the reports, as well as what you’re doing to improve safety. This analysis enables us to focus on emerging areas of risk.

One of these themes is near-miss events in the circuit. All the investigation reports we’ve received identify poor situational awareness as a contributing factor. Other contributing factors identified are poor standards of lookout, poor radio communications, a lack of preparation for cross-country flights to unfamiliar aerodromes, and incorrect circuit or joining procedures. Most events have taken place when aircraft have been joining the circuit. This information is likely to focus our future efforts on circuit procedures at unattended aerodromes.

19 April 2021

  • Inspectors from the Monitoring and Inspection Unit are visiting flight training organisations to discuss cross country training and instructor experience and supervision and how this is being managed within the organisations. The information gathered by the inspectors will be used in new guidance material for the sector.
  • High-level guidance has been produced for Threat and Error Management [PDF 1.1 MB] and Situational Awareness [PDF 532 KB]. The next phase will be looking to how this can be incorporated into practical application and instructional material.
  • The Flight Instructor Guide is currently undergoing review.
  • Planning work is underway for the flight instructors’ seminars, scheduled for August 2021.
  • The production of an educational video on the Standard Overhead Join is in development.
  • Thank you to the operators who have forwarded their internal investigation reports following submission of 005 forms. We've been using the material you're submitting to the CAA to capture your lessons learnt (of course unidentified) to incorporate within the development of guidance material for the sector. Please ensure that you are following up your 005s with the required investigation report including identified root cause, corrective and preventative actions. These follow up investigations are vital for us as it helps to build a picture of what is occurring within the sector and enables us to share lessons learnt across the wider industry. The information received from all these reports helps inform the safety strategy. The areas of focus within the strategy are based on the nature, severity and common themes within the occurrences, accident reports, discussions with flight training SMEs and flight examiner feedback and input.