New Zealand is excellent place to take your initial Pilot Training and learn how to fly!

Oceania has one of the largest aviation industries in the world.

Why Train in New Zealand?

New Zealand has excellent Training Schools and Facilities. Kiwi Pilots are highly respected throughout the world and many have ventured away from home to fly abroad for international airlines such as Korean Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airlines Cargo, and more.

The weather is perfect for Flight Training - with many clear sunny days for months on end. In New Zealand, pilots in training can take advantage of the cooler seasons to get practical experience flying in cloud in IMC conditions, sometimes even within icing conditions.

Training in New Zealand is cost effective. This reduced cost in building flight hours and training can be a real advantage to Pilots from European & Asian countries. Here cadets are trained from day 1 of flying right through to their first Airliner Simulator Training Flight.

Our training center is established by aviation professionals have more than two decades of experience helping international students chose the right program and training. The management team consists of people who have done extensive research before choosing New Zealand for their own training.

New Zealand’s pilot training is considered to be one of the best training in the world, which has been possible, thanks to the stringent quality standards set by the collective knowledge of aviation industry professionals.

Furthermore, New Zealand’s geographical setting and varying meteorological condition aids pilot airmanship in training students to be world class pilots

Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

This is the first step to gaining your wings! A PPL holder can act as a Pilot-in-Command but cannot work for a salary/remuneration. This is similar to holding a Private Motorcar Licence and being able to drive alone or take family or friends on a drive.

The duration of this program is approximately 4 months to 6 months and consists of:

  • 6 theory exams
  • 50 hours of flying
  • A practical flight test and English language proficiency test

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

This program is for students aspiring to move to the next level on completion of their PPL and aiming for a career progression as a Commercial Pilot. With a Commercial Pilot Licence most commonly known as CPL, the student will be able to work for a salary, hire or reward. From the PPL stage to get here, the student will need approximately 6 to 8 months and will have to successfully pass:

  • 6 theory exams
  • 200 hours of total time (100 hours Solo or more and 100 hours dual time or less)
  • cross country flight test and CPL flight test

Instrument Rating (IR)

This program may be completed well within one’s CPL, unless a student opts for a country-specific program, wherein the New Zealand Instrument rating is not required. Instrument Rating is when you operate/navigate the aircraft solely by looking at the instruments onboard the aircraft and radio signals from the ground. This program is mandatory for students wanting a career as an airline pilot. The instrument rating gained on a single engine aircraft is known as SEIR and instrument rating gained on a Multi-Engine aircraft (an aircraft with more than one engine) is known as MEIR. The duration of this program is 3 months to 4 months, if done outside the CPL program and consists of:

  • 3 theory exams
  • 20 hours simulator time
  • 20 hours aircraft time and IR flight test

Instructor Rating (C Cat)

This program is for students who hold a Commercial Pilot Licence with 150 hours of Pilot-in-command time and would like to pass on their skills and knowledge they have gained to other student-pilots. This is similar to a Teachers’ Training Program. The duration is approximately 4 to 6 months and includes:

  • 25 hours dual flight training with B Cat
  • 1 hour of spinning
  • Instructional Technic Course and Flight Test

Frozen ATPL

Most airlines these days prefer to take pilots with Frozen ATPL as this would allow them to start Command training once they meet the required hours on the type of aircraft. This program will ensure that you gain the extra knowledge to upgrade from First Officer to a Captain and includes:

  • 7 Theory exams


  • Student need to have completed 18 years on the start date of the program
  • Class 2 medicals – ‘FIT’ for PPL or Class 1 medical ‘FIT’ for CPL of CAA NZ (Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand)
  • Highest educational certificate from their home country
  • IELTS or equivalent English test acceptable to Immigration NZ for Level 5 program

Flight Instructor Training - New Zealand

Flight instructors in New Zealand must have a Category A, B, C, D or E flight instructor rating.

The Category E rating is specifically for conducting agricultural (top dressing, etc.) flying instruction. Category D flight instructor may conduct type ratings for any aircraft for which they hold a type rating. Category C flight instructors cannot send students on their first solo, and must operate under the supervision of a Category A or B flight instructor.

The chief flying instructor (CFI) is the flying instructor responsible for all flight training at an organization.