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Ardmore Flying School has been training pilots since 1961 and is recognised internationally as a quality facility, providing consistently high standards in all aspects of flight training.

Ardmore Flying School provides international and domestic students with a solid foundation in all the critical areas of aviation theory and pilot training skills, and also teaches you how to work effectively in the constantly changing environment of the skies. Our fully integrated pilot training programs transform students into strong, decisive, skilled pilots capable of operating in the commercial and corporate sector.

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Ardmore Flying School

Ardmore Flying School has been training pilots since 1961 and is recognised internationally as a quality facility, providing consistently high standards in all aspects of flight training.

Ardmore Flying School provides international and domestic students with a solid foundation in all the critical areas of aviation theory and pilot training skills, and also teaches you how to work effectively in the constantly changing environment of the skies. Our fully integrated pilot training programs transform students into strong, decisive, skilled pilots capable of operating in the commercial and corporate sector.




Our mission:
To ensure you achieve
the highest standards
in aviation while
helping you accomplish
your personal and
professional aviation


5 Welcome to Ardmore Flying School follow
5 About Ardmore Flying School your
5 Why Learn to Fly in New Zealand?
5 Training Facilities dreams
6 Our aircraft
8 Becoming a Commercial Pilot
8 An overview of the Diploma in Aviation
10 Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
12 Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
14 Instrument Rating (IR)
16 Instructor Rating (C-Cat)
18 Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)
20 Basic Gas Turbine Rating
22 Multi Crew Resourse Management
24 Starting your Aviation Adventure
25 Domestic Students
26 International Students
27 What You Need to Know
28 Moving to Auckland
30 More Information
30 Employment Opportunities
31 FAQ
32 Glossary



Want a Career in Aviation?
Choose the Right Flying School

There are few pursuits more exhilarating in life than flying. The idea of ‘slipping the surly bonds
of earth’ and ‘topping windswept heights with ease and grace’ has captivated mankind for

Regardless of whether you choose You’ll take home more than a Diploma in
aviation as a career or for just the sheer Aviation when your training at Ardmore
thrill of flying, your choice of flying school is complete. Apart from a profound
is vital for your success. sense of achievement, there will be many
milestones to look back on for the rest
In terms of personal challenges, becoming of your life — your first landing, your first
a pilot has few equals. Learning to fly solo flight, your first cross country flight.
tests many aspects of human nature and
spirit — your resilience as you come to To find the best way to realise your
grips with aerodynamics and principles of dream of flying, talk to our experienced
flight your attention to detail every time team who will guide you on the path
you pre-flight an aircraft and fulfil flight towards aviation success.
planning requirements. Your coordination,
judgment and confidence will be
challenged on every flight. But when
you’ve finished, you’ll be a greater person
for the experience.



Welcome to Ardmore Flying School

We’ve been training pilots at Ardmore Airport in Auckland, New Zealand since 1961. Since then,
we have become recognised worldwide for delivering consistently-high standards in all aspects
of flight training.

We are New Zealand Qualification sweeping plains, imposing forests, possible. Computer based training allows provide a controlled environment to
Authority (NZQA) approved and hold the stunning lakes and miles of coastline, students to revisit core concepts both learn in all weather conditions and can
New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (NZ and gain a dimension to your training during class and for extramural study. be manipulated to ensure your training
CAA) Part 141 approval for flight training. unobtainable anywhere else. is of the highest quality, best preparing
This allows us to provide a Diploma in Class sizes are controlled to ensure the you to embark on your aviation career
Aviation and licensing at all levels. Training Facilities very best learning environment. Class adventure.
numbers vary depending on the course.
Our fully-integrated flight-training We specialise in tailored flight-training
programmes transform students into programmes to suit our students’ Once you have completed ground course
strong, decisive and skilled pilots capable individual requirements. We are open theory, it’s time for practical training. And
of operating at the highest levels in the from 7am, seven days a week, 364 days to achieve the best training outcomes,
ever-changing commercial and corporate a year. The only day we are closed is you will work with your instructor to
sectors. Christmas Day. develop a flight-training schedule.

Why Learn to Fly in New For a comfortable year-long learning Our modern fleet currently boasts 17,
Zealand? environment, new students generally single-engine Cessna 172s and 3 multi-
complete their ground course theory in engine Beechcraft Duchess Be76s
New Zealand-trained pilots are highly one of our four, air-conditioned lecture As one of NZ’s largest flight training
sought after by airlines worldwide. This is rooms. organisations, we have the capacity
because of the New Zealand Civil Aviation to efficiently deliver training to your
Authority’s (NZ CAA) framework for Each theory subject is delivered by an personal requirements.
excellent training and safety standards, experienced instructor, supported by
which deliver better-prepared pilots — an assistant. This creates a supportive Towards the end of training, you will
pilots more equipped to safely handle environment of mentoring and tuition, use both single and multi-engine
adverse situations. both in and out of class. simulators. Ardmore Flying School has a
Garmin G1000 single engine simulator,
Flying in New Zealand is also a lot of Ardmore Flying School utilises the latest a Multi-Engine simulator and a Kingair
fun — you can’t beat the diverse scenery. interactive learning methods to ensure Turboprop simulator for advanced high
You’ll fly over majestic mountains, your learning is as easy and efficient as performance training. These simulators


Our Aircraft

Cessna 172R Beechcraft Duchess Model 76

Measured by its longevity and popularity, the Cessna 172 is the most successful mass- The Beechcraft Duchess Model 76 is one of the most outstanding twin trainers
produced light aircraft in history. At Ardmore Flying School, we have 17 Cessna aircraft ever built. It is economical and handles and performs beautifully. With top-class
in our fleet. Our 172Rs are equipped with either analogue fixtures or the latest Garman conventional instruments and industry-standard GPS, this model is the preferred
1000 Glass Cockpits. This gives you the opportunity to build your knowledge and skill Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) training platform.
flying various aircraft.

Powerplant 1 x 160 HP engine with a Powerplant 2 x 180 HP engine with a
fixed-pitch propeller constant-speed propeller
Cruise speed 115 knots (195 km/h) Cruise speed 157 knots (291 km/h)
Endurance Range
5 hours with 40 minutes Service ceiling 932 nautical miles (1726 km)
reserve Endurance
19,400 ft. (4877 m)

5 hours




Becoming a Commercial Pilot

An Overview of the Commercial Pilot Licence Practical CORE UNITS
Diploma in Aviation Minimum 200 hours of flying, including:
Theory • 100 hours of dual instruction
We are approved by the New Zealand • Law • 100 hours of solo instruction
Qualifications Authority to offer the New • Human factors
Zealand Diploma in Aviation (DipAv). • Navigation and flight planning Practical
Please note that a Private Pilot Licence is • Meteorology Minimum 200 hours of flying, including:
a prerequisite for the Diploma • Aircraft technical knowledge • Minimum 20 hours of simulator training
in Aviation. • Principles of flight and navigational aids • Minimum 20 hours of instrument flight training

Instrument Rating Basic gas turbine knowledge and Multi-
Crew Resourse Management Training (MCC)
• Law Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence
• Navigation and flight planning
• Instruments and navigational aids Theory
• Aircraft law
C-CAT Instructor Rating • Navigation and flight planning ELECTIVE STREAM
• General flight planning
Theory • Meteorology
• Meteorology • Aircraft aerodynamics and systems
• Flight navigation • Human factors
• Air law • Instruments and navigational aids
• Principles of flight
• Briefing techniques Diploma in Aviation (Airline preparation)

• Minimum 25 hours of dual-flight instructor training

Diploma in Aviation (Flight instructions)



Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

The Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is the first step towards learning to fly. It’s available to students
who complete a Diploma in Aviation or those wishing to fly recreationally.

Our PPL training programmes are of the Eligibility Theory Practical
highest standard available, designed to
well exceed minimum standards. We are • 17 years or older to gain your licence You must pass all exams to obtain a • Preparation for Flight
dedicated to providing first-class training and to fly passengers (16 to fly solo) Private Pilot Licence. • Starting and Run-up Procedures
and tuition, tailored to your individual • Air Law — CAA rules and regulations • Taxiing
needs. As a full-time student, you can • Class-2 medical (minimum) • Navigation • Take-off, Circuit and Landing
achieve an unrestricted PPL within 16 to • Aircraft Technical Knowledge • Aircraft Manoeuvres
20 weeks, subject to weather and your Course length • Flight Radiotelephony • Cross-country Flying
ability. We’ll teach you all the practical • Human Factors • Emergency Procedures
and theoretical skills required to ensure • Full time — 20 weeks minimum • Meteorology • First Solo
you are well equipped to confidently • English Proficiency Test
handle all situations. If you progress to • Part time — time frame determined by
a professional level, you will discover individual
that you have reached a standard that
makes future training much easier. And Flight time
once you’ve earned your PPL, you can
fly passengers anywhere in New Zealand, • 50 hours legal minimum. We
although you can’t be employed. So, in recommend 65-70 hours to meet
a minimum of 50 hours’ flight time, we’ll CAA’s syllabus
take you from no flight experience to
being a proficient private pilot.




Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

Once you have obtained your Private Pilot Licence (PPL), you can work towards your
Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) — and take another step towards a lucrative commercial flying

The theoretical training for a CPL This covers components such as: Theory Practical
covers many of the same subject areas
as the PPL, but in greater depth. The • 10 hours of night flying You must pass all exams to obtain a • Advanced Cross-country Flying
practical component of CPL training Commercial Pilot Licence.
will prepare you for your commercial • 30 hours of cross-country flying • Air law • Advanced Aircraft Handling
flying career. With advanced aircraft • Navigation
handling and a clear focus on exceeding • 10 hours of instrument flight time • Aircraft technical knowledge
minimum standards, your higher levels • Human factors
of situational awareness will ensure each • CPL Handling Exercises • Meteorology
of your missions are accomplished with • Principles of flight
maximum safety and efficiency. Learning Eligibility
to fly at a professional level requires
careful planning and coordination. • 18 years or older to gain your licence
Today, the emphasis is very much on
seamless training. In other words, airlines • Class-1 medical
want prospective employees to have
completed a training programme with • NCEA Level 3 (English) or 3 years’
continuity and a depth and breadth work experience or a minimum score
of experiences required for an airline of 6 IELTS or equivalent
position. The PIC (pilot in command)
requirement for a Commercial Pilot Course length
Licence is 100 hours of solo flying. A
further 100 hours of dual flight with an • A minimum of 45 weeks
instructor is also required.
Flight time

• Minimum 30 hours dual (both single
engine and multi engine) and minimum
15 hours simulator training.




Instrument Rating (IR)

During Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) training, you will learn to
fly using visual references. However, the ability to fly by instruments alone is mandatory for all
airline, charter, and corporate pilots throughout the world.

Instrument Rating (IR) Eligibility Theory Practical

An instrument rating (IR) is required if • Private Pilot Licence (minimum) You must pass all exams to obtain a Our IFR course introduces students to the
you want to fly an aircraft by instruments single or multi-engine Instrument Rating. world of simulation coupled with practical
alone. An IR can be completed on a • Class-2 medical + Class-1 hearing hands on flying in the IFR environment
PPL or CPL licence. Our programme is • Navigation with training aids designed to help you
designed to provide a maximum number • 50 hours of cross-country pilot in concentrate on the instrument panel only.
of multi-engine hours (approx. 27 hours) command • Law Instrument flight training will teach you
during training with options for single- how to fly in adverse weather conditions,
engine and multi-engine instrument • 10 hours of instrument time • Instruments and navigational aids in low visibility and at night.
ratings available.
• NCEA Level 2 (English) or 3 years’
work experience or a minimum score
of 6 IELTS or equivalent

Course length

• A minimum of 12 weeks

Flight time

• Mimimum 30 hours dual (both single
engine and multi engine) and minimum
15 hours simulator training.



Instructor Rating (C-Cat)

Gaining a C-Category (C-Cat) instructor rating is the most popular path to a career as an airline
pilot. It is the best way to accumulate hours and gain flying experience. It also bridges the gap
between students achieving their Commercial Pilot Licence and becoming an airline pilot.

Instructor Rating (C-Cat) Eligibility Practical

This course is designed to develop your • Class-1 medical • Practical and theory on flight
desire to train and provide instruction instruction
by applying training methods that fully • Commercial Pilot Licence
integrate safety awareness, critical • Principles of flight and performance
thinking, sound judgment and threat and • Completed 150 hours of pilot in • Meteorology
error management. command • Cross-country navigational techniques
• Emergency flight manoeuvres
• You are required to attend a test • Instructional Techniques Course
and panel interview to assess your
suitability prior to acceptance onto this

Course length

• A minimum of 12 weeks

Flight time

• 25 hours of dual-flight instructor

• 1 hour of spin-recovery training





Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)

An Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) is the highest licence you can obtain. With it you can
captain a multi-crew aircraft (provided you hold a type rating for that particular aircraft).

Due to the high level of experience Eligibility Theory Practical
required (1500 hours), graduates usually
gain the additional hours for this licence • Class-1 medical • Aircraft law Students are required to build their flying
as part of their normal duties as an • Flight navigation hours until they reach a minimum of 1500
instructor or a co-pilot for an airline. In • NCEA Level 2 (English) or 3 years’ • General flight planning hours’ logged flight experience.
the meantime, students will be awarded a work experience or a minimum score • Meteorology
frozen ATPL when they have completed of 6 IELTS or equivalent • Aircraft aerodynamics and systems
the seven subjects. The theoretical • Human factors
component can be completed any time; Course length • Instruments and navigational aids
however, exam credits expire after a
certain time period if the practical flight • A minimum of 14 weeks
test hasn’t been completed. Talk to us
about the best timing for sitting these Flight time
exams. Holding passes in these subjects
will greatly enhance your employment • A minimum of 1500 hours’ flight
prospects. experience




Basic Gas Turbine Rating

All pilots who fly jet and turbo-propelled aircraft must pass an exam in basic gas turbine

This exam credit is required before you Eligibility Theory
can operate a turbine-powered (jet or
turbo-propelled) aircraft. The Basic • Class-1 medical Students who undertake this rating will
Gas Turbine Rating (BGT) requires the learn:
following: • NCEA Level 3 (English) or 3 years’
work experience or a minimum score • The workings of a basic gas turbine
• A 1-week theory course of 6 IELTS or equivalent engine

• An external examination Course length • The history and development of the
basic gas turbine engine
• A minimum of 1 week
• The applications in jet and turbo-
propelled aircraft



Multi Crew Resource Management

The Multi Crew Resource Management course provides students who have IFR Rating with
a detailed introduction to the many demands of a multi-crew cockpit and the systems and
operation of modern turbo-prop and jet aircraft.

For low-hour pilots or those with no Eligibility • Physical integrity (health) • Weather radar
commercial multi-crew experience this
course provides excellent preparation for Must have completed MEIR and all ATPL • Dealing with commercial pressures • Anti-ice systems
entry into Airline entrant pilot roles. subjects. Use of Operational Documents
• Stall warning systems
Course Length • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
Safety Management Systems
• 4 weeks • Quick Reference Handbook (QRH)
• Operational Occurrence Reporting
Syllabus • Despatch Deviation Guide, Minimum (OOR)
Equipment List (DDG/MEL)
Human Factors • Just culture
• Multi-crew roles • Route Guide
• Monitoring Managing Threats to Safe Flight
• Situational awareness • Normal and non-normal checklists • Severe environment
• Workload management and
• Performance calculations • System failures
automation Advanced Aircraft Systems
• Threat and arror management Primary Flight Management (all phases
• Problem solving and decision making • Electronic Flight Instrument Systems of flight)
• Teamwork (EFIS)
The Role of an Airline Pilot 36 hours FBS per crew (18 hours pilot
• Interpersonal skills • Flight Management Computer (FMC) flying, 18 hours pilot monitoring) in fixed
• Professionalism and autopilot based high performance simulators
• Personal integrity (KingAir & B737NG).
• Pressurisation systems

• Traffic Collision and Avoidance System

• Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning
System (EGPWS)



Starting Your Aviation Adventure

Domestic Students Enrolment Information - Self funded placements
Self-funded placement
Step 1 Enquiry

Contact [email protected] to obtain an enrolment pack.

Entry Requirements Step 2 Apply

Self Funded Placement Collect the supporting documentation listed below:
• Recent school results
• Complete NCEA Level 3 English • CV/resume
(Physics and Mathematics are • Copy of your passport
preferred but not essential)
Step 3 Confirmation of enrolment
If you want to apply for a self-funded
placement, please contact our enrolments As part of confirming your placement on the course, you will be required to sign a
team at [email protected] for an training agreement and pay a deposit to open your account. Once payment is
application form. received, you will be allocated to an instructor who will initiate your training


Domestic Students Enrolment Information - Student loan placements
Student-Loan placement
Step 1 Enquiry

Contact us at [email protected] to arrange a formal interview.
Complete the ADAPT pre-screening tool on the NZ Skills Connect website.

Entry Requirements At the conclusion of the interview, your Step 2 Apply
application will be presented to Ardmore
Student Loan Placement Flying School’s selection panel for review. Bring the following to the formal interview:
• Recent school results
• Complete NCEA Level 3 English Please note: From 2012 aviation courses • ADAPT pre-screening tool results
(Physics and Mathematics are are not fully funded by the student • CV/resume
preferred but not essential) loan scheme. Loans funded students • Passport
are now required to self fund some of
• Complete the ADAPT pre-screening their training. For more information, Step 3 Confirmation of enrolment
tool (all prospective students applying please speak with our Manager - Student
for a Diploma in Aviation must Services or Enrollments team on 0800 Once you have been offered a student-loan placement, a letter will be sent to you
undertake the ADAPT Pre-Screening ARDMORE. outlining how to confirm your placement on the course and the course materials you
tool found on the NZ Skills Connect will require. You will also be required to sign a formal training agreement. On receipt
website). Student Funding of your training agreement, you are able to make an application to Studylink for
funding. Our student services team will guide you through this process.
All prospective students applying for a StudyLink processes student loans
student-loan placement must then sit a and allowances on behalf of the
formal interview. To book, please contact Ministry of Social Development. If
our enrolments team at you have been offered a student-
[email protected]. loan placement by Ardmore Flying
School, please contact StudyLink for
Prospective students must bring the information on how to apply at
following to the interview:

• A copy of ADAPT test results

• Passport

• Last school results

• CV/resume


International Students International School Achievements Application Process
— NZ NCEA Level 2 equivalent
Entry Requirements document on our website www. Step 1 Enquiry International Students
International students must meet certain > Enrolment Criteria. Contact us at [email protected] to receive an international enrolment
requirements to be able to complete package.
their pilot training at Ardmore Flying
School. Step 2 Apply

• Age — you must be 18 years old. Complete the International Enrolment Application form and the training agreement
and attach the following supporting documentation:
• English — English is the international • Evidence of English Language Level 6 through IELTS at
language for aviation and all classes • Evidence of your high school results
are taught in English. You must meet • A copy of your passport
an IELTS score of 6 or a TOEFL score Email your application and supporting documentation to our enrolments team.
of 550 to enrol in this course. Pay the deposit as outlined on Page 2 of the International Enrolment Application
• Immigration — you must hold a
student visa to study in New Zealand. Step 3 Confirmation of enrolment
Please refer to our website for more Once we have received both the paperwork and payment, we will send you the
information. letter of placement. This letter is to be used to apply for your student visa at your
nearest New Zealand embassy. Visit:
• Medicals — you must obtain a
NZCAA Class-1 medical prior to When you have arranged your travel to New Zealand, please inform our enrolments
commencement of the course. team so that your accommodation and airport transfers can be arranged.
Please refer to our website for more
information. We advise you to obtain your NZ CAA Class-1 medical before beginning this course.
For more information, visit the CAA website or our enrolments team.
• School Requirements — you must
meet the equivalent of a New Zealand
NCEA Level 2. Please refer to our


International Students: What You Need to Know

Immigration Full details of entitlements to publicly-
funded health services are available
You require a student visa from through the Ministry of Health and can
Immigration New Zealand to study in be viewed on their website at:
New Zealand. Our enrolments team is well
versed in student visa and immigration
requirements for international students Accident Insurance
and can assist you with your application.
The Accident Compensation Corporation
All applications must be made through (ACC) provides accident insurance for
your local New Zealand embassy all New Zealand citizens, residents and
( The visa process temporary visitors to New Zealand.
usually takes six to eight weeks, so However, you may still be liable for all
please allow enough time for this to be other medical and related costs. Further
processed. information can be viewed on ACC’s
website at:
Medical and Travel Insurance
Work While You Study
Under the Code of Practice for the
Pastoral Care of International Students, At the time of publication, full-time
it is compulsory to have medical and international students are allowed to
travel insurance. International students work up to 20 hours per week during
are not entitled to publicly-funded health the academic year and up to 40 hours
services while in New Zealand; so, if you per week during the Christmas and New
receive medical treatment during your Year holiday period at the end of each
visit, you may be liable for the full cost of academic year.
that treatment.


Moving to Auckland — Accommodation

Relocating to New Zealand will be Maori waka (canoes) and colonial ships, unique volcanic landscape. Take a ferry to Getting to Auckland
an exciting experience — especially Auckland has attracted people of many Rangitoto Island, kayak out to an island in
when figuring out where to live. As cultures from far and wide. the Hauraki Gulf or head out to Auckland’s Auckland Airport has been voted as
an international student of Ardmore west coast to visit black sand beaches. one of the 10 best airports in the world
Flying School, we can arrange your Today, Auckland is the world’s largest for the past three years. More than 20
accommodation before you arrive. Our Polynesian city and one of the great cities Tourist attractions around the city make international airlines serve Auckland
accommodation will become your “home of the Pacific. Aucklanders come from all for a great day out in Auckland. Visit Airport, Australasia’s second busiest
away from home” providing everything you corners of the world – around 56% of its the Sky Tower, the tallest building in the international airport.
need to succeed. We offer a wide range of residents are of European descent, 11% are southern hemisphere. See the city of sails
accommodation styles with extras to suit Maori, 13% are of Pacific Island descent from an America’s Cup Yacht or if you’re Climate
all budgets and needs. Just notify us of and there is a growing Asian population a thrill seeker, take a bungee jump off
your travel arrangements and what you are of around 12%. the Harbor Bridge. Whatever you’re into, The Auckland region enjoys a warm,
looking for during the enrolment process. Auckland delivers it all. coastal climate without extreme
One of the things that makes Auckland temperatures. Summers are generally
Auckland – A City of Many so special is our vibrant melting pot of Auckland also offers an abundance of warm with high humidity, while winters
Dimensions cultures. And with this diversity reflected cosmopolitan activities, with a vibrant are mild and damp. Plenty of rain is
in our cuisine, festivals, art and music, restaurant, cafe and nightlife scene experienced throughout the year, but
The creation of Auckland’s unique your experience here becomes all the as well as shows, concerts and major mainly in winter (June – August).
landscape is part of an ancient love story. more exciting. sporting events.
So the legend goes, a battle between The average daily temperature in
two iwi (tribes) created deep cracks in When it comes to outdoor activities, Auckland during the summer is 23°C
the earth, thrusting upwards the many Auckland simply can’t be beaten. With its (74°F), while winter temperatures are on
volcanic cones scattered across the stunning beaches, beautiful regional parks average 14°C (57°F). Auckland is one of
region today. The fertile soils left from and hundreds of walking trails, the whole New Zealand sunniest regions with 2060
this battle, combined with the abundant region is a nature lover’s paradise. Get annual sunshine hours. The region is also
resources of the Waitemata and Manukau outdoors and discover magnificent scenery, very lush, with a mean annual rainfall of
harbours, have drawn people to this untouched forest and native wildlife. 1240mm.
region for centuries. From the first
See Auckland’s stunning views from the



More Information

Employment Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Get a Taste for Flying
Aeroplane or Helicopter “When once you have tasted flight, you
Better prospects for aeroplane will forever walk the earth with your eyes
pilots in the longer term With a PPL you can: turned skyward, for there you have been
• Fly for recreation and there you will always long to return.”
Aviation industry leader Boeing predicts • Take non-fare-paying passengers — Leonardo Da Vinci.
that airlines around the world will need • Learn to fly different types of aircraft
an additional 535,000 trained pilots over For only $99, take control of a Cessna 172
the next 20 years. This is due to fewer Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and fly the skies around Ardmore! In the
new pilot entrants, large numbers of safe hands of a qualified instructor, they
retirements and increasing fleet sizes. Aeroplane or Helicopter will get you up in the air and teach you
how to handle the plane before bringing
Ardmore Flying School also works closely With a CPL you can fly under visual you down to Earth — it’s also great to see
with industry, both internationally and flight rules and become: Auckland from a different perspective,
in New Zealand to develop employment • A flying Instructor too. Call 0800 Ardmore to book your
pathways for its graduates. • A scenic or charter pilot next flight.
• An agricultural pilot
Ardmore Flying School takes pride in
employing ONLY instructors from its Ratings for Instrument Flying and
graduate body. Our instructor courses are Turbine Powered Aircraft
recognised as one of the most intensive
and successful courses available in NZ. Aeroplane or Helicopter

With these you can become:
• A rescue or air ambulance pilot
• An instrument rating Instructor
• A charter, scheduled or freight pilot

Airline First Officer

Airline Transport Pilot Licence
(ATPL) Airline Captain


Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to obtain a How can I get some information How often do I have to fly to Does your school do licence
Commercial Pilot Licence? about the courses? keep my licence current? conversions for overseas
To obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence Send an email through our Contact Us To keep your licence active, you must
(CPL), you must first complete your page on our website to receive a New perform three take-offs/landings every Yes we do. Licences from different
Private Pilot Licence (PPL). This may take Zealand Student or International Student 90 days. Then you will need to undergo a countries have different requirements for
up to 20 weeks (including a four-week Information Pack. flight review every two years. conversion to a NZ CAA licence. Check
ground course) dependent on the weather the CAA website at for
and your ability. Once you have completed What if I can’t commit to full- Does your school do licence the conversion requirements. If you need
this licence, then you can work towards time study? renewals? a hand understanding how to go about
completing your CPL. This may take up the conversion, please contact us through
to 46 weeks (including an 11-week ground Online courses are now available through Yes we do. Contact Ardmore Flying our website and we’ll help you through it
course) dependent on the weather and the Ardmore Theory Centre delivering School and talk to an experienced
your ability. In total, your CPL should take PPL, CPL, IFR and ATPL subjects. Study instructor about your licence renewal
you approximately 65 weeks to complete. in your own time and pace, with support and how to best prepare for your biennial
If you wish to move into the airlines, you from our tutors should you need it. flight review.
will require further training. Contact our enrolments team for more
information. Is a New Zealand CPL recognised
How old must I be to start flying? overseas?
I wear glasses, will this be a
Students must be 16 years old to fly solo problem? The New Zealand CPL is well recognised
and 17 years old to obtain a Private Pilot worldwide and New Zealand pilots are
Licence. If you are younger than 16, you You will need to meet minimum medical in popular demand by many airlines.
can begin flight training with an instructor standards, but in most cases wearing The licence meets the International Civil
once a month or during school holidays glasses won’t be a problem. In fact, many Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards.
until you are old enough to fly solo and airline pilots wear glasses. You can wear In many cases a licence conversion will
complete the remainder of your licence. glasses or contact lenses so long as your simply require passing the local flight
vision is corrected to 20/30 or better; you rules examination, completing a flight test
How much will it cost? must also be able to see red and green. and obtaining a local medical for the type
To obtain a NZ CAA Class 1 or 2 medical, of licence you hold.
Cost is highly dependent on the number you must visit an approved aviation
of flying hours completed by the student. medical examiner. They are listed on the
Contact our enrolments team to find CAA website at
out the cost structure outlined for each
licence. For any health issues, we recommend you
consult an aviation medical examiner.



PPL: Private Pilot Licence (entitles the NZQA: New Zealand Qualifications
holder to fly with passengers but not for Authority
hire or reward)
MEIR: Multi-Engine Instrument Rating
CPL: Commercial Pilot Licence (entitles
the holder to fly with passengers for FAA: Federal Aviation Authority (USA
hire or reward if employed by a suitably equivalent of CAA)
certificated air operator)
Solo: Solo flight — you will be the only
ATPL: Airline Transport Pilot Licence person in the aircraft
(entitles the holder to act as captain on
an aircraft that requires two pilots) HSI: Horizontal Situation Indicator (an
instrument used to fly IFR)
IR: Instrument Rating (entitles the holder
to fly without visual references, navigating SEIR: Single Engine Instrument Rating
solely by reference to radio navigational
aids. This is how airline pilots fly)

IFR: Instrument Flight Rules (rules
governing flights undertaken on

ASL: Aviation Services Limited (the body
that administers all external examinations
and flight tests for the CAA)

Type Rating: An authorisation associated
with a pilot’s licence allowing operations
on individual types of aircraft

CAA: New Zealand Civil Aviation
Authority (the aviation industry’s
regulatory body)

VFR: Visual Flight Rules (Rules governing
flights undertaken visually)

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