Richard wrote: Hi Matt,
The good news is for the PPL exam all you really need is a copy of the VFG from CASA which you can get printed at your local office works for about $50 (depending on where you go). Although it has a couple of errors in it, the vast majority or the information you need is in there. Here's the link to the CASA PDF if you need it:
You can check out our free E-Text version first before you decide to get a printout as well too:
The errors we have reported to CASA are:
- Values for QNH and temperature ina TAF are incorrectly described on page 137. The current AIP says values given are for HH, HH+3, HH+6 and HH+9 with linear interpolation between and not "spot forecasts" as described in the VFG
- Special VFR requirements is reported as requiring 3000m on page 217 and 1600m in Class D. The AIP makes no such distinction (anymore?) and refers to a minimum visibility of 1600m and clear of cloud etc.
The advantages of the VFG are a good index and glossary, clearer layout and easier-to-read text and it is also cheaper. You will still need to get a PCA chart, ERSA etc as well as think about printing out or at least taking a look at CAAP 5-59, 234-1 and 92-1. The VFG will at least save you having to fork out for the CAOs, CARs and the AIP (full).
The disadvantage is, you cannot use it in the CPL exams so if you are going on to commercial you may feel it makes sense to go the whole hog with the documents right from the word go.
More information on requirements for the exam can be found here:
The PPL section is a little way down the page.
P.S. Matt, that's a fascinating avatar picture you've got there. Is that from one of your survey runs?