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New Zealand’s pilot training is considered to be one of the best training in the world,

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:

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

New Zealand Airline Academy has been sub-contracted by National Trade Academy who have been granted approval by NZQA under section 251 of the Education Act 1989 to provide the Commercial Pilot Licence Training Scheme.

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 (Click here for more info)

Kindly enquire since students from certain countries do not require English testing.


  • Fill the Enrolment form
  • Upload passport and educational documents
  • Attend an online interview with Trainers
  • Enrolment form will be processed and an Offer of Place letter will be issued
  • Start Immigration Visa process by paying the course fee or wait for a visa application to be Approved in Principle (AIP) to pay the fees.


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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