Trial Flights - Your introduction to flying

What are trial flights?

Trial flights are a wonderful introduction to flying. They make great gifts, to yourself or someone you know who's itching to take to the skies and take the controls of a light aircraft!

You fly with an experienced flight instructor who will be able to answer any questions you may have while you're enjoying a bird's eye view of Wellington.

Harbour Circuit - 20 minutes, $169

This is the perfect introduction to flying. Take off from Wellington International Airport and take control of the aircraft over stunning Wellington harbour for 20 minutes then back in to land.

City Limits - 40 minutes, $239

Experience the thrill of flying in and around Wellington. You will take control of the aircraft over the massive Makara windmills, around the south coast or up the Hutt Valley?

What do I need for a trial flight?

  • Your voucher (if you were given one)
  • Closed toe shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

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 - $770

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

FAQs

How often should I fly?

We recommend you fly at least every two weeks. There are some phases of training where it will benefit you to fly more frequently and also less frequently, but every two weeks is generally about right.

You can tailor your training to your schedule and goals.

Are there any medical restrictions?

In order to hold a PPL you will need to pass a Class 2 aviation medical. If you have any medical conditions that you think might impact your ability to fly, talk to us about it.

How much does it cost?

Aircraft are charged out on an hourly rate and you only pay for the time when the engine is running. For all dual flights there is a fee for the instructor as well as landing and airways charges for all flight


How long does it take to get a PPL?

If you flew every day, you'd have your licence in 3 months. Most people schedule their flying around their life, and usually take a year or so. How fast you do it is up to you.

Are there exams?

Yes. There are 6 exams - radio, weather, aircraft technical knowledge, navigation, human factors and law. And a flight test to get your licence.

These exams and flight tests are administered by ASL.


Can I fly if I wear glasses?

That's fine! As long as your vision is corrected and you can pass a Class 2 aviation medical you're able to fly solo and hold a PPL.

If you have any other medical conditions that you think might impact your ability to fly, talk to us about it.

What can I do with a PPL?

You can take your friends and family flying around the country! You're not allowed to charge passengers, but they can contribute to the cost of hiring the aircraft. You're not able to fly 'for hire or reward' - you need a Commercial licence for that.

Want to know even more?

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.

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.