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The Definition of Mountain Flying

Any technique involving:

  • the manoeuvring of an aircraft

  • between, over or around terrain or

  • resultant weather

  • that is, or could be perceived as being,

  • an obstacle to the aircraft flight path


Minimum Heights for VFR Flights

Not less than;

  • 500ft vertically above and
  • 150m horizontally from
  • any obstacle, person, vessel, vehicle or structure


Why is there Mountain Flying Training

  • Mountainous terrain covers over 60% of NZ 



  • Terrain is a consideration in the majority of GA flights in NZ 
  • Terrain is a factor in aircraft accidents and incidents 
  • To apply some basic principles for improved awareness, decision making and safe flight.