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Why Train in New Zealand ?

New Zealand is an Island country located in the south-western Pacific Ocean. The country consists of two main landmasses - North Island and South Island. The country's varied topography includes the Southern Alps mountain range. New Zealand is one of the world’s safest and cleanest countries with excellent study opportunities in world-class education. It is amongst top destinations for students around the world. Auckland being the most famous city in the country offers a diverse environment in food and culture. Its temperate climate makes New Zealand one of the best places to learn to fly. New Zealand is one of the few countries in the world that allows its students to work 20 hours per week to gain work experience while they study. Kiwi people are very relaxed, polite, and friendly which makes New Zealand more desirable to students from around the globe. New Zealand is a leading country when it comes to flight training with its industry-wide high standards. New Zealand experiences 1,771 hours of average sunshine per year which means more flying. Students get to experience not only diverse weather conditions but also diverse terrain which helps improve flying skills. Flight training is catered in accordance with DGCA requirements so license conversion is easy without hassle. Taking control of an aircraft and having the freedom to fly solo on a cross country over lakes, mountains, plains, and ocean for a day is a feeling which can’t be explained.

CPL Requirements

To become a commercial aeroplane pilot you need to have a New Zealand Diploma in Aviation and a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). To get either qualification you must:

  • Be at Least 18 Years Old
  • Pass (With Average or Above) The ADAPT Pre-Pilot Screening Test
  • Pass a Class 1 Medical Examination
  • Hold a Current NZ Private Pilot Licence (Which You Can Get Once You are 17)
  • Pass Written Exams
  • Complete 200 Hours Minimum Flying Time
  • Satisfy the Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) Fit and Proper Person Requirements
  • Pass the English Language Proficiency Test


  • Aviation Law and Publications
  • Meteorology
  • Principles of Flight
  • Aircraft Technical Knowledge
  • Navigation
  • Human Factors


  • A Minimum of 200 Hours of Total Flight Time. Included in this Flight Time Will Be
  • Intensive Cross-Country Training and Advanced Handling Techniques
  • Basic Mountain Flying
  • 30 Hours of Cross-Country Navigation
  • 10 Hours of Instrument Flight