Helicopter Operations resources

Helicopter Operations


Special VFR


By day, when visual meteorological conditions (VMC) do not exist, the ATC unit responsible for a CTR may authorise, at pilot request, a special VFR flight in the CTR, or in a CTA next to the CTR for the purpose of entering or leaving the CTR, provided that (AIP ENR 1.2):

  • the special VFR flight will not unduly delay an IFR flight
  • the flight can be conducted clear of cloud
  • the visibility is not less than 800 m (for helicopters)
  • a helicopter will be operated at such a speed that the pilot has adequate opportunity to observe any obstructions or other traffic in sufficient time to avoid collisions
  • the flight can be conducted in accordance with the requirements of CAR 157 with regards to low flying.

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New rules came into effect from 2 December 2021 that cover the general operating and flight rules. This website is now out of date and will be switched off in the new year. A PDF copy of the VFRG is available for download.
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