Learn To Fly
Private Pilot 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?
You must be 16 to fly solo, and 17 to get a PPL
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.
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.
- 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.