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CD and Booklet Sets

Plane Talking 2012

In an emergency, clear and timely communications will assist in obtaining the quickest and most appropriate response.
This CD and booklet is intended to provide a handy guide to good radio practice.


All DVDs are 4:3 ratio, unless 16:9 is noted, and are available in either PAL or NTSC format. (Please specify).

Safety Around Helicopters 70 min, 2006

How you can operate safely around helicopters - with modules on the land, in the bush, at sea, in the mountains and more.

This DVD provides general safety information for anyone who may operate around helicopters.
It is divided into modules so you can view the information relevant to your activity or occupation. The first module, Introduction should be viewed by everyone.


VFR in Controlled Airspace 26 min, 2005

If you plan your flying to skirt around controlled airspace, then VFR in Controlled Airspace is a 'must see'. It debunks the idea that flying in controlled airspace is complicated or intimidating.
You will listen to a friendly Air Traffic Controller (Clayton Lightfoot) explain procedures for a flight from Christchurch to Nelson, and two young pilots (Marion McCurdy and Cory Moir) discuss the issues and fly the route. Join them and learn that Air Traffic Controllers and controlled airspace can be your friends.


Mountain Flying PAL or NTSC format. 16:9 (Widescreen). Fixed Wing 41 min, Helicopter 46 min, 2010

This DVD will help pilots visualise essential mountain flying concepts before they begin training with an appropriately qualified instructor. Filmed in the Wanaka, Queenstown, and Milford Sound areas, and packed full of spectacular air-to-air and in-cockpit footage, this DVD shows you actual mountain flying, as it is happening, from multiple perspectives.


Compilation Productions

Decisions, Decisions 30 min, 1996
The Final Filter 16 min, 1998
We're Only Human 21 min, 1999


Decisions, Decisions
When flying we make one decision after another, but are they always right and on what basis are they made? While in the past pilots made decisions, good or bad, based largely on their experience, research has now shown that pilots can be trained to make better decisions, whatever their experience. This video will help you analyse your own responses and work towards improving your decision-making.

The Final Filter
At least 75% of accidents can be regarded as "human factor” accidents. This programme looks at the role that the 'human factor' plays in the everyday decisions that we make as pilots in the general aviation environment. It not only looks at how we can better understand and evaluate our performance as safe pilots, but also presents a number of scenarios that help illustrate how that performance can be influenced. We are ultimately 'the final filter' in the decision making process. Understanding how to evaluate our performance in different situations can allow us to break the chain of events that can lead to an accident.

We're Only Human
This video looks at the compromises between our physiology, the environmental demands of flight and the design limitations of our aircraft – and how these can affect our performance as pilots. It takes a close look at the effects of flight on our physiological and sensory systems and investigates the influence of cockpit ergonomics.


On The Ground 21 min, 1994
Apron Safety 19 min, 2003
Passenger Briefing 18 min, 2004


On The Ground
A wide-ranging guide to operating safely on aerodromes, particularly the larger airports. Runway and taxiway markings, standard marshalling signals, taxiing tips, windsock indications – it's all there.

Apron Safety
Aerodrome aprons present a number of potential hazards. This revised and updated video highlights the dangers on the tarmac, in particular the problems associated with inadequate passenger supervision between terminal and aircraft, for both airline and GA. Hazards to employees are covered as well. The examples and advice in this video are relevant for anyone involved in working on an aerodrome, including pilots.

Passenger Briefing
In the opening scenes, the video dramatically demonstrates the importance of briefing passengers. Evidence from air safety investigations indicates that it is the well-prepared passenger who is most likely to escape from a wrecked aircraft or take the correct actions during an in-flight emergency. The extent to which passengers are well prepared is closely related to the advice given to them prior to the flight. Briefing passengers can also be reassuring, leading to an enjoyable flight for them, and perhaps a desire to repeat the experience.


It's Alright if You Know What You Are doing - Mountain Flying 32 min, 1997
Mountain Survival 24 min, 2000


It's Alright if You Know What You Are doing – Mountain Flying
This programme views the topic through the eyes and comments of several pilots with a wealth of experience in the particular skills and knowledge required for flying in areas of mountainous terrain. Both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters are catered for. The comments cover weather, planning, illusions, awareness, techniques, and more -- with the key message being to stay within both your limits and those of the aircraft. The comments are recorded against a background of some magnificent footage of a variety of aircraft operating in the high country of southern New Zealand.

Mountain Survival
This video, based on a THL alpine survival training course for their pilots, covers the basic principles of survival, suggested survival kit contents, how to maximise the insulative values of different clothing types, ways to utilise the aircraft fuselage as a primary means of shelter, using a Zdarsky sack, building a snow mound, using a cooking stove, and finally the importance of positive leadership. Although intended primarily for pilots involved in commercial high-country operations, the information covered in this training video is also relevant to the recreational flyer who might occasionally operate in and around mountainous terrain.


Survival 19 min, 2000
Marine Survival 42 min, 2003


Set at a crash site in the bush, this video deals with the actions that you must take as pilot in command immediately following a crash landing and gives advice on how to survive in the open. A WestpacTrust Rescue helicopter paramedic talks about the type of information that rescue services will need from you (assuming that you have cellphone or are in radio contact) to effect a quick and successful rescue. A suggested list of contents for an aircraft survival kit is also included.

Marine Survival
New Zealand is an island nation with considerable expanses of inland water as well, and the possibility of having to ditch in the event of an engine failure is not necessarily a remote one. Prior consideration and planning may be vital to successful survival. This video covers points from planning and equipment, through the various phases and appropriate actions of a ditching situation and then addresses subsequent survival in cold water. With proper preparation, proper execution and the right survival equipment, ditching can be a relatively safe procedure.


Situational Awareness 15 min, 2002
The Transponder


Situational Awareness
This video gives pilots a practical insight into situational awareness (SA), what it is, how to get and maintain SA on a given flight, and the signs or symptoms that indicate you may be losing situational awareness. This is a video for pilots of all experience levels.

The Transponder
An introduction to the use of transponders.


Mark I Eyeball 24 min, 1993
Fit To Fly? 21 min, 1995


Mark I Eyeball
Seeing is believing. Or is it? This video describes and illustrates some of the limitations of the human eye. (The associated topic of seeing and avoiding other aircraft is covered in Collision Avoidance.)

Fit To Fly?
Pilots must apply self-discipline when assessing their everyday fitness to fly. This video examines how to conduct this self assessment of your physical and mental well-being, and explains what steps you are required to take if you detect a medical problem that may affect your performance in the cockpit.


You're On Your Own 15 min, 1999
Light Twins 23 min, 2001
Airframe Icing 26 min, 2003


You're On Your Own
Flying single pilot IFR, particularly in light twins, is the most demanding of tasks and yet, so often, it is undertaken by the least experienced. This video is designed to assist you to better understand IFR cockpit management and flight planning issues. It emphasises the need for careful pre-flight planning, thinking ahead, and being aware of both the aircraft limitations and your own limitations as pilot. Pilots who regularly fly in this environment also offer some practical advice.

Light Twins
Flying a light twin-engine aircraft, particularly on a commercial operation, is very demanding of a pilot's skill and experience - the accident statistics confirm this. This video, which is aimed at pilots who are about to complete a light-twin rating or those that are converting to a more sophisticated machine, covers basic twin-engine aerodynamic principles, engine failures, single-engine performance, weight and balance considerations, airframe icing, and organisational safety culture. It stresses the importance of receiving a thorough type rating and being totally familiar with your aircraft's systems, its performance limitations, and the engine failure drills.

Airframe Icing
A look at the fundamentals of airframe icing, including the conditions that cause it, types of icing, its effect on aerodynamic performance, and what to do if icing is encountered. IFR pilots of single-engine, through to commuter turboprop aircraft will find this topic relevant to their operation, regardless of their experience level.


Collision Avoidance 20 min, 1993
Fatal Impressions 6 min, 1995
Momentum and Drag 22 min, 1998


Collision Avoidance
What causes aircraft to collide? How best to avoid it? This video examines the problem including collision risk levels, traffic awareness, use of radio, scanning techniques etc. (The limitations of the human eye aspect is covered in Mark 1 Eyeball.)

Fatal Impressions
This short video carries a vital message, namely, "Low Flying Can Kill”. Ideally, it is the sort of video that makes good viewing before a group discussion on the topic of low flying.

Momentum and Drag
This video looks at the two important values, momentum and drag, and how these differ in different classes of aircraft. Understanding the differences is crucial when transitioning from one class of aircraft to another. The topic is relevant for all pilots, whether you fly a microlight or a wide-body jet. It is particularly important if you are planning to convert from one end of the scale to the other, but even moving from a Cherokee to a microlight, for example, can be hazardous.


Wirestrike 16 min, 1987
To The Rescue 24 min, 1996
ELTs and SAR 17 min, 2004


Every year there are incidents involving light aircraft and wires. This video attempts to show the nature of the problem and how best to avoid a wirestrike.

To The Rescue
This video covers all aspects of transporting passengers in need of medical attention, whether from an accident site, or during inter-hospital transfers. The emphasis is on the view that these passengers should be able to expect at least the same level of safety as that offered any fit and well passenger. Pilots must avoid being captured by any sense of drama.

ELTs and SAR
This revised and updated video describes how SAR satellites and various emergency beacons interact. It gives advice on how to look after the aircraft ELT, including the importance of correct installation, ongoing maintenance, and pre-flight and cockpit checks. Reasons for failure to activate are covered. Inadvertent activation is also addressed, with advice on how to avoid this. The importance of amending SARTIME or terminating the Flight Plan is stressed. Finally, the viewer is advised on what to do with the emergency beacon in the event of an accident.