Getting your license

Private Pilots Licence

What is a PPL?

If you want to fly for fun, this is for you! A Private Pilot’s licence allows you to take yourself, your friends and family flying around the country!

How do I get my PPL?

Age
You must be 16 to fly solo, and 17 to get a PPL

Medical
You need to have a Class 2 aviation medical certificate to fly solo and hold a PPL. As long as you are in good health, this should be no problem.

Flight time
You must complete at least 50 hours total flight time of which:
  • 15 hours must be dual instruction
  • 15 hours must be solo flight time
  • 5 hours must be instrument flight time
  • 10 hours cross-country navigation training
  • 5 hours dual instruction in Terrain and Weather Awareness
Once you are ready you must pass a flight test which will include all normal and emergency flight manoeuvres. This will also include a test on your ability to comply with Air Traffic Services practices and procedures.

Exams
  • Radio – learning phrases pilots use to make clear communication calls
  • Human Factors – health, stress, judgement and decision-making
  • Meteorology – cloud formations, NZ's weather patterns, different weather conditions affecting aircraft performance, interpreting aviation weather reports
  • Aircraft Technical Knowledge – aerodynamics, engines, electrical systems, your flight instruments and aircraft weight & balance
  • Navigation – using aeronautical maps, compass, calculating flight time and fuel
  • Law – Civil Aviation Rules and Regulations
These exams are multi-choice and require a 70% pass rate.

Our packages

Learn to fly with us

If you're pretty keen on learning to fly, we offer some great packages to make it easy to get started. You don't need to have done a trial flight first, these deals are perfect for the beginner pilot.

3 flight package - $810

Your first 3 lessons towards your licence. It's the perfect next step after a trial flight or great introduction for anyone.

Lessons are:

  • Effects of controls
  • Straight and level
  • Climbing and descending

You also receive a student training manual.

Flying start package - $2,500

Get $2,500 worth of flying (approximately 10 flights), plus a bunch of extra things you'll need as you progress through your training.
  • Pilot logbook
  • Wellington visual navigation chart
  • Half price Aero Club membership for one year

Set for solo - $5,000

Work towards your first solo flight.

This package includes:
  • Pilot logbook
  • Wellington visual navigation chart
  • Aero Club membership for one year

Commercial Pilots Licence

What is a CPL?

In addition to your PPL, a CPL allows you to:

  • Legally earn income from your flying
  • Advance to further employment prospects in your aviation career
  • Take your flying skills to a higher level

How do I get my CPL?

Age
Be at least 18 years of age

Exams
Pass examinations covering six subjects.
  • Air Law
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Human Factors
  • Technical Knowledge
  • Principles of Flight
These exams are multi-choice and require a 70% pass rate.

Flight time
You must also complete at least 200 hours total flight time of which:
- 100 hours must be Pilot in Command.
- 10 hours must be instrument flight time
- 30 hours cross-country navigation:
  • 10 hours must be dual CPL cross country navigation training
  • 10 hours must be solo CPL cross country navigation training
  • 5 hours dual instruction in Terrain and Weather Awareness
Flight tests
  • Pass a cross country flight test after completing the CPL cross-country navigation syllabus.
  • Pass a CPL flight test which will include all normal and emergency flight manoeuvres.

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