The Academy's courses are designed to not only allow students to meet the requirements and skill level necessary for the relevant pilot licence, but also to meet the requirements of future employers.
Private Pilot's Licence
This course includes six theory papers and 55 hours flight time over 12 weeks. The course is suitable for students interested in flying for recreational use and is available to self funded students only. International students applying for this course require a visa. Training for up to three months can be done on a visitor's visa. Once the three month visa period is up, training cannot continue.
Commercial Pilot Licence / Instrument Rating (Multi Engine)
NZQA approved for 52 weeks and based on 230 hours flight time, includes PPL. From start through to Commercial Pilot Licence and Multi Engine Instrument rating this 52 week programme is designed for the student whose primary goal is an airline career. Course costs include all theory, flight training, books, publications, licence fees, exam fees, and airways charges.
Private Pilot Licence / CPL Theory
NZQA approved for 26 weeks and based on 65 hours flight time, the Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is a requirement for a Commercial Licence and this 6 month programme allows the student to obtain a Private Pilot Licence and all Commercial Pilot theory subjects. Course costs include all theory, flight training, books, publications, licence fees, exam fees and airways charges. Note – This course is not eligible for student loan funding.
Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) Practical & Theory
NZQA approved for 40 weeks, and based on 200 hours flight time and includes PPL. From start through to Commercial Pilot Licence, this 10 month programme is suitable for students interested in a career in scenic and agricultural operations. Course costs include all theory, flight training, books, publications, licence fees, exam fees and airways charges.
Flight Instructor Rating
This NZQA approved course is based on 12 weeks of study: six weeks are used to build hours and six weeks are classroom study. Costs for this elective include the air instruction components: Instructional Techniques Practical, Instructional Techniques Theory, Aerodynamics, Pre-Flight Briefings, exams and flight tests.
This NZQA approved course is based on 12 weeks of study and includes three theory papers (Law, Navigation and Navigation Aids), exams and practical flying.
Basic Gas Turbine
This 25+ hours course is offered on a demand basis. The exam is taken at the end of the course and a certificate is issued for those who pass this rating.
CPL Theory – Fixed Wing
This NZQA approved course is based on 14 weeks of study and students take the following CPL theory lectures: Human Factors, Law, Air Technical Knowledge, Navigation, Meteorology and Principles of Flight and exams. Resources for each theory subject are extra.
Airline Transport Pilot Theory Papers
This course covers the seven theory subjects required for a frozen ATPL. Exams are sat at the end of each lecture. The delivery of each of the lectures has varied in recent years, depending on current requirements. A current timetable is available on request.