Visual Signals and Aircraft Documents

Visual signals have been defined as a means of communicating with pilots where there are no functioning radios.  These are acknowledged with full control deflections, and turn aircraft towards tower when ready for take-off to get the clearance.

Aircraft on the Ground:

a) Green flashes - cleared to taxi.

b) Steady Green - cleared to take off.

c) Red flashes - taxi clear of landing area in use.

d) Steady red - stop.

e) Flashing White - return to starting point on airport.

f) Blinking runway lights - vehicles and pedestrians vacate the runway immediately.

g) rotating beacon by day - weather in control zone below VFR.

Aircraft in Air:

a) Green flashes - return for landing.

b) Steady green - cleared to land.

c) Red flashes - airport unsafe, do not land.

d) Steady red - give way to other aircraft and continue circling.

e) Red flare - do not land now.

Aircraft Documents

During flight pilots must have on board pilot licences, radio licences, Cerficate of Registration (CofR), Certificate of Airworthiness or Flight Permit (CofA), Journey Log, and a Weight and Balance report.  For flight planning the aircraft's operating manual should be available.

Flight information and other pertinent information is recorde in a Journey Log. Entries should not be erased from this document and made with a permanent marker.  If the journey log is filled it must be kept for two years after date of last entry and the last two entries from the old log should be carried over into the new one.  A Technical log is maintained to record technical data for the aircraft including flight times, maintenance events, and inspections.  This log must be kept unless the aircraft destroyed or permanently withdrawn from service.  To preserve maintenance information in the event of an accident, the technical log must never be kept on board the aircraft.  Peace officers may at any time request to exam any of the above documentation.