Recommendation Date:18 April 2000
Recipient Name:Air NZ
Date Closed:3 May 2001
Instruct Air New Zealand pilots of the requirement to make a radio call as soon as possible after becoming visual on an instrument approach and, if practicable, on circling approaches to include the aircraft's position and intended track to be flown.
Air New Zealand will emphasise to its flight crew the importance of a "visual" call during a non precision approach in Instrument Meteorological Conditions. However, it is not current practice for all pilots to make these calls in all similar situations at all airports, and we believe a more appropriate approach is for CAA, Airways Corporation and the airlines to review the total airspace procedures, in order to avoid the risk of degrading safety through unnecessary radio traffic and potentially confusing communications.