Use of L261 & L265

The Tauranga Aero Club is the CAA designated using agency for low flying areas L261 and L265, in accordance with CAR 91.131 and as per the NZAIP ENR 5.3. Both L261 and L265 are available for general use subject to the following conditions:

Mandatory Requirements

  1. All flights within L261 or L265 shall be dual training flights. Solo flight is not permitted. The pilot in command must hold an instructor rating issued under Part 61 or a microlight pilot instructor certificate issued under Part 103.
  2. Day only.
  3. When Tauranga tower is on watch, containment within the low flying area is used by the tower to provide segregation from other traffic within the lateral boundaries of the low flying area within the TG CTR/D. Pilots are reminded that L265 lies directly underneath the Matakana One VFR arrival / departure procedure, and L261 lies beneath the approach path for IFR aircraft joining for runway 07 from the north and west. An ATC clearance should be requested from the tower for entry into either low flying area, and also to vacate the low flying area and climb back above 500 feet. Only one aircraft at a time will be permitted into each low flying area.
  4. Passengers are not permitted.
  5. CAR 91.131 states that any aircraft in a low flying area must be operated without hazard to persons or property on the surface. All pilots operating within L261 must avoid flying within the shaded area shown on the map below. This is to prevent nuisance and undue hazard to the landowners concerned and is a condition of operation for all aircraft within L261.

L261 with shading 3

Approved Training Organisations

Instructors from approved training organisations (see below) are assumed to have already been adequately briefed on the conditions of use of L261 and L265. The CFI of these training organisations is responsible for ensuring that all instructors from their organisation are aware of the conditions of use of both low flying areas. Instructors from other training organisations must receive a verbal briefing on the day of operation, either face to face or by telephone, prior to entering either low flying area. This verbal briefing can be obtained from the duty instructor/pilot at the Tauranga Aero Club (07 5753210).

  • Tauranga Aero Club
  • Sunair Aviation Limited
  • Bay of Plenty Microlight Association
  • Gyrate
  • Frontier Helicopters
  • Classic Flyers
  • Bill Conning
  • Aero Hire Whakatane


Although not mandatory for operation within L261 or L265, the following requirements from the Tauranga Aero Club Operations Manual apply to all instructors from the Tauranga Aero Club. They are reproduced here for consideration by all pilots generally, that are operating in either low flying area.

4.3.2 Low Flying Zones (LFZ)

All flight operations below 500’ AGL in a designated low flying zone shall comply with the following conditions:

  • The pilot in command is an instructor.
  • No passengers are carried.
  • Day only.
  • The pilot has been briefed on the conditions of operation within the low flying zone by the agency for that zone listed in the NZAIP Vol 1, and complies with those conditions.
  • Prior to entry, the pilot broadcasts details of the flight and proposed duration of the flight in the low flying zone.
  • The pilot maintains a listening watch on the appropriate VHF frequency while in the low flying zone and reports on vacating it.
  • There is a maximum of two aircraft in a low flying zone at any one time
  • For operations over water, there is a minimum of 5 knots of wind.
  • Minimum altitude in a LFA is 200 feet AGL, except when carrying out precautionary landing practice within a LFA when a go around shall be commenced at 100 feet AGL on short final.