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About Us

New Zealand Airline Academy, established by aviation professionals have more than two decades of experience helping international students chose the right program and training.

New Zealand Airline Academy, 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.

Keeping in mind the huge growth in the field of aviation and the demand for quality pilots, they have been sub-contracted to deliver Commercial Pilot Training for International students by National Trade Academy. Established in January 2000 the National Trade Academy is registered as a Private Training Establishment by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) under the provisions of the Education Act 1989 and its subsequent amendments.

NTA is Category One Provider based in Christchurch and delivers a range of education & training to a variety of sectors for both domestic and international students. NTA also has an English Language Academy for international students. (http://nta.co.nz/).


New Zealand, a beautiful country in the Southern Hemisphere, with a population of 4.5 million making it one of the least populated countries in the world. Known for its picturesque landscape, clean atmosphere and very friendly people, it has been rated the least corrupt country in the world for several years in a row.

Why NZAA ?

Aviation professionals with decades of experience training international students

Located in the airport terminal of Oamaru airport in the Waitaki region

Relatively modern aircraft fleet

Highly safety and security conscious, striving for success.

Head of Training / Chief Flying Instructor

Celroy Mascarenhas

Celroy Mascarenhas is originally from Mumbai in India and has called New Zealand home for the past 10 years. He is an experienced instructor who specialises in training international students. His teaching techniques are simple and effective, making him popular amongst international students. Celroy believes in the concept of "learning to understand" rather than "learning to pass exams". He firmly believes that students who learn to understand will enjoy aviation a lot better and a positive outcome will be outstanding exam results.

In addition to this, Celroy is well versed with licence conversion processes that international students have to follow when they return home. This is greatly appreciated by students as any mistakes made during the licence conversion process can be expensive ones. Celroy is the only Director and Head of Training in New Zealand that has pilot licences in New Zealand as well as India. He has been able to build close relationships and partnerships with the flight training industry in India.

With Celroy as the Director and Head of Training at the New Zealand Airline Academy, students can be rest assured that they are in the best hands.

Have a look at what Celroy's students have to say on the Students Speak section of our website.

Students Speak


Moeraki boulders - a natural formation along the shoreline of Oamaru.

New Zealand Airline Academy is located in the airport terminal of Oamaru Airport in the Waitaki region.

Oamaru is the third largest town in the Otago region and considered a heritage town because of its more than 80 heritage buildings. It is also a tourist attraction for the little blue penguin, which has an allocated area suitable for breeding and conservation.

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Oamaru Airport,
Robertson Rd. Waitaki Bridge 9493,
Oamaru, New Zealand

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