Free Training Resources


Waypoints believe passionately in quality training.  Consequently, we have developed and offer pilot study support material which will help you develop appropriate knowledge, skill and attitudes to achieve your flying dreams - safely.  We have created this page to offer material to you as free downloads, as they becomes available.

We include material such as:

  • ASPEQ Examinations List of Permitted Material
  • Resources for helicopter trainees pilots
  • Resources for our Apple iBooks
  • Resources for our Mock Exams
  • PowerPoint Pre-Flight Briefings;
  • Pilot's Notes, for a range of modern and not so modern aircraft;
  • Activity specific training notes such as aerobatic, formation and display flying;  and,
  • A range of interesting and useful articles.

Material on this page is offered as free downloads.  Its content has been produced and collated from a wide range of sources and where possible we have given full credit to the original author(s).

The files are usually made available as Adobe PDF documents, however where the Pilot’s Notes are specific to a particular aircraft registration we have also made them available as MS Word documents, so that you can more easily modify them to suit the particular aircraft you are flying.

While the information in the material has been carefully checked to ensure it is accurate, there is every possibility that small errors still exist in various documents. 

Consequently, Waypoints Aviation Ltd does not guarantee that this material is without flaw of any kind, and make no warranties, express or implied, with respect to any of the material contained herein.

Waypoints Aviation Ltd also disclaims all liability and responsibility to any person or entity with respect to errors and omissions, or loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the use of information contained within these documents.

All that legal stuff aside, if you notice anything you think is wrong or could be improved, we would appreciate your feedback.   Also, if you have any material you think others may get value from and you are willing to make it available free through this page, again we would like to hear from you.

 

ASPEQ Examinations Permitted Material

The following is a free download of a document, collated by subject, detailing the examination material permitted/required by ASPEQ in their examinations.   Click to download the printable pdf.

 

Resources for helicopter trainee pilots

The following are free downloads of three documents which provide study references for each of the syllabus items (KDRs) for:

PPL(H) ATK Click to download the printable pdf;

CPL(H) GATK Click to download the printable pdf;  and,

CPL(H) PofF & Performance Click to download the printable pdf. 

 

Resources for our Apple iBooks

PilotBooks Volume 9 Instrument Rating Manual

The following is a free download of an extract of the NZ ERC, made available to support the Volume 9 iBook.  The contents of this ERC must NOT be used operationally.   Click to download the printable pdf.

PilotBooks Volume 13 ATPL(A) Flight Planning

The following is a free download of the New Zealand ATPL(A) Flight Planning Data Booklet, made available to support the Volume 13 iBook.  The contents of this Data Booklet must NOT be used operationally.   Click to download the printable pdf.

PilotBooks Volume 17 ATPL Navigation General

The following is a free download of the Auckland Oceanic FIR Map used to support the examples and exercises in Volume 17 "ATPL Navigation General" iBook.  This Oceanic FIR map must NOT be used operationally.    Click to download the printable pdf.

 

Resources for Mock Exams

The following is a free download of a sample GRAFOR, GNZ SIGWX Chart and Graphical SIGMET Monitor for CPL Meteorology Mock Exams.  Click to download the pdf.

The following are free downloads of the ASPEQ Data Booklets (Workbooks) for use in the Waypoints ATPL(A) Systems and Performance and ATPL(A) Flight Planning Mock Exams.  These Data Booklets (Workbooks) contain performance and flight planning data which is not kept up to date, so must NOT be used operationally.

ASPEQ Sample Data Workbook for ATPL(A) Systems and Performance.  Click to download the pdf.

ASPEQ Sample Data Workbook for ATPL(A) Flight Planning.  Click to download the pdf.

Waypoints Volume 13 Data Booklet for ATPL(A) Flight Planning.  Click to download the pdf.

 

The following are free downloads of AIPNZ pages and VNC segments for use in Mock Exams, in particular FRTO; PPL Air Law; and PPL Navigation and Flight Planning.

These extracts and segments are not kept up to date, so must NOT be used operationally.

AIPNZ Extract - Timaru Aerodrome Chart and Operational Data.  Click to download the pdf.

AIPNZ Extract - Hawera Aerodrome Chart and Operational Data.  Click to download the pdf.

AIPNZ Extract - Daylight Zones and Tables.  Click to download the pdf.

VNC Segment - Hamilton Area.  Click to download the pdf.

VNC Segment - Christchurch Area.  Click to download the pdf.

 

PowerPoint Pre-Flight Briefings

These PowerPoint pre-flight briefings have been developed from extensive work done by instructors at the Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School, especially Murray Miskelly, Penny MacKay, Steven Scott, Jeff Walton and Glen Sycamore.  In fact, Murray was the major contributor to the briefings which grew into the CAA GAP Instructor Guide.

Traditionally, pre-flight briefings have been whiteboard based, however this training aid has significant limitations, not the least of which is that they are time consuming to put up and any improvements from the previous time they were used is hard to capture.

While PowerPoint briefings also have limitations, we believe they are the most efficient and effective training aid currently available, albeit they are time consuming to develop for the first time.

All instructors will have differing opinions on what is required or important in a pre-flight briefing, and that is good.  There is a saying that if you put a dozen instructors in a room they would come out with fifteen different opinions!

There are also very good reasons for changing the content of these PowerPoint briefings, e.g. to suit instructor preference, particular aircraft types and/or operating locations.

Consequently, Waypoints offer these briefings in a modifiable format, so that you can make changes to them which you feel are appropriate for yourself and/or your organisation.

Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to teach you how to prepare or use PowerPoint briefings.  I’m afraid that is for you to discover for yourself, by undertaking specific training, or as I did, learning by trial and error.

Taxying Click to download the PowerPoint file.

Effects of Controls Click to download the PowerPoint file.

Straight and Level Click to download the PowerPoint file.

Climbing and Descending Click to download the PowerPoint file.

Medium Turns Click to download the PowerPoint file.

Slow Flight Click to download the PowerPoint file.

Basic Stalling Click to download the PowerPoint file.

Circuit Introduction Click to download the PowerPoint file.

Non-Normal Circuits Click to download the PowerPoint file.

Landing Tailwheel Aircraft Click to download the PowerPoint file.

I will add more as I get the time to refine/develop them from the originals.

 

Pilot's Notes

If you experience any issues opening these files, please right click and choose Save Link As.


PA38-112 Piper Tomahawk

These Pilot's Notes were written specifically for ZK-PAF, as operated by the Motueka Aeroclub in Tasman, NZ.   The Second Edition is now available.
Click to download as a PDF (13.7 MB).

The following is the same material as a MS Word document, so that you can more easily modify the notes to suit the particular aircraft you are flying.
Click to download in MS Word (7.2 MB).


DCH 1 Chipmunk - Canadian

These Pilot's Notes were written specifically for ZK-CVM, as operated by the CVM Syndicate in Nelson, NZ.   The Fourth Edition is now available.
Click to download as a PDF (14.7 MB).

The following is the same material as a MS Word document, so that you can more easily modify the notes to suit the particular aircraft you are flying.
Click to download in MS Word (15.5 MB).

 

DCH 1 Chipmunk - English

These Pilot's Notes were written specifically for ZK-SAX, as operated by the Chipmunk Syndicate at NZ Warbirds.
Click to download as a PDF (5.4 MB).

The following is the same material as a MS Word document, so that you can more easily modify the notes to suit the particular aircraft you are flying.
Click to download in MS Word (8.1 MB).

 

DH82 Tigermoth

These Notes were originally written by David Phillips of Ardmore, Auckland, New Zealand.  He has asked for feedback, in particular he would be keen to hear from people who grew up with Tigers, as they probably have clearer and purer recollections of the original way of doing things.
Download the PDF (256KB)

 

Nord 1002  Pingouin II

These Pilot's Notes were written specifically for G-ATBG, as operated by Mark Jack and maintained by The Aircraft Restoration Company (ARC) at Duxford, England.
Download as a PDF (1.4 MB)

The following is the same material as a MS Word document, so that you can more easily modify the notes to suit the particular aircraft you are flying.
Click to download in MS Word (2.3 MB)

 

Aerobatics Training Notes

Aerobatics Manual - Display Flying and Low Level Aerobatics First Edition.  
Download as a PDF (2.7 MB)

Aerobatics Manual - Specific to the CT4A/B Airtrainer.  
Download as a PDF (2.0 MB).

Aerobatics Manual - Specific to the Cessna 152 Aerobat.
Download as a PDF (2.1 MB)

Aerobatics Manual - Specific to the DHC 1 Chipmunk.  
Download as a PDF (2.2 MB)

ATSB Spinning Accident Report - An excellent report into the crash of a Chipmunk following the failure of the pilot to recover from a spin.  I think it is a very valuable summary of the issue.
Download as a PDF (3.3 MB)

 

Low Level Display Flying

These Low Level Display Flying notes were written to support the NZ Warbirds Low Level Display Flying Course as run by NZ Warbirds.
Click to download as a PDF (0.8 MB).

The following is the same material as a MS Word document, so that you can more easily modify the notes to suit the particular aircraft you are flying.
Click to download in MS Word (1.1 MB).

 

Grant Benns’ Aerobatics Articles in KiwiFlyer

The KiwiFlyer owner/editor, Mr. Michael Norton, and Grant Benns have been good enough to allow me to make these aerobatics articles available through our website.

I really enjoyed reading Grant’s contribution on aerobatics (and to be frank piloting in general).  I think they are excellent.

1 - KiwiFlyer Issue 36 - Freedom of Flight

2 - KiwiFlyer Issue 37 - Competition Aerobatics

3 - KiwiFlyer Issue 38 - Aerobatic Aircraft Design Quirks

4 - KiwiFlyer Issue 39 - Aerobatic Competition 101

5 - KiwiFlyer Issue 40 - Aerobatic Competition 102

6 - KiwiFlyer Issue 41 - Aerobatic Training may Save Your Life

7 - KiwiFlyer Issue 42 - Rolling, Rolls and Rollers

8 - KiwiFlyer Issue 43 - Stall Turns and Hammerheads

9 - KiwiFlyer Issue 44 - Good Aeros Gone Bad

10 - KiwiFlyer Issue 45 - Spinning Out

11 - KiwiFlyer Issue 49 - The Thrill of Competition Aerobatics

12 - KiwiFlyer Issue 51 - Timing is Everything

13 - KiwiFlyer Issue 54 - Aerobatic Sequence Design Pt 1

14 - KiwiFlyer Issue 60 - Aerobatic Sequence Design Pt 2

15 - KiwiFlyer Issue 61 - Aerobatic Pre-flight for Pilots

16 - KiwiFlyer Issue 62 - 2019 NZ Aerobatic Club Nationals

17 - KiwiFlyer Issue 63 - Aerobatic Turnarounds

PDFs of the full issues are available at http://www.kiwiflyer.co.nz/kf-download.htm

 

Various Interesting and Useful Articles

The Theory of Flight Instruction - CAA FIG GAP

This document comes from the first edition of the CAA Flight Instructor Guide GAP.  The revised FIG omitted this material for some reason, but within it are some excellent thoughts which I think will help many instructors, new and not so new, as they develop within our profession.  It is available unchanged from the version provided by CAA.  
Download as a PDF (0.7 MB)

Descending in VNAV for Dummies

The purpose of this short précis is to summarise the operational application of VNAV in the descent, and to suggest situations where VNAV may not be your most suitable mode of automation.
Download as a PDF (68 KB)

Flight Level Change (FLCH) for Dummies in the Boeing 777 and 787

The purpose of this short précis is to summarise the operational application of Flight Level Change (FLCH) in the Boeing 777 and 787, in both the climb and the descent.
Download as a PDF (78 KB)

Flight Level Change (FLCH) for Dummies in the Boeing 757 and 767

The purpose of this short précis is to summarise the operational application of Flight Level Change (FLCH) in the Boeing 757 and 767, in both the climb and the descent.
Download as a PDF (81 KB)