Our Facilities

Excellence in aviation facilities is what makes a premier pilot school.

Ardmore Flying School has modern equipment and advanced technology to ensure you achieve your aviation goals.
We pride ourselves on our focused delivery of the best quality and most efficient pilot training environment as possible.

Our modern classrooms, aircraft and simulators are all ready and waiting for you.

You are welcome to visit us at any time, share a coffee and chat about the aviation training options available to you when you embark on your aviation adventure.
One of our enthusiastic Ardmore Flying School team will be on hand to show you around and discuss your options.

Come and see us soon!

Our Aircraft

Cessna C172R

Measured by its longevity and popularity, the Cessna C172 is the most successful mass-produced light training aircraft in history. At Ardmore Flying School we currently have a fleet of 17 Cessna aircraft which can be quickly increased as required to meet student flying demand. Our C172R aircraft are equipped with either the Garmin G1000 ‘glass cockpit’ avionics or with analogue instruments to give the students the opportunity to build their knowledge and skill flying various aircraft.
1x160 HP engine (Fixed pitch propeller)
Cruise Speed
115 knots (213 km/hr)
5 hours with 40 minutes reserve
Service Ceiling
13,500 ft

Beechcraft Model 76 Duchess

One of the most outstanding twin trainers ever built, this model has excellent handling characteristics, good performance and economy. With top class conventional instruments, industry standard GPS and Beechcraft quality make this high performance twin the preferred IFR training platform.
2 x 180 HP engines with constant speed propellers
Cruise Speed
157 knots (291 km/hr)
5 hours
Service Ceiling
19,400 ft (4877 m)

Schweizer 300CBi (Hughes 300)

At Ardmore Flying School we train our students in the Schweizer S300CBi (more commonly known as the Hughes 300). We chose this machine for its safety record and robust, easy handling characteristics.
180 HP engine
Cruise Speed
65 knots (120km/hr)
2 hours 40 minutes with 20 minutes reserve
Service Ceiling
10,000 ft

Our Airfield

Ardmore Airport is situated 33km from Auckland’s CBD, and is one of New Zealand’s busiest general aviation airfields. Established in 1943, Ardmore Airport has become the country’s premier facility for airline and general aviation pilot training and helicopter pilot training.

Approximately 50% of all New Zealand pilots undergo their helicopter or pilot training at Ardmore. There are often in excess of 250 student pilots training for their Commercial Pilot license, Private Pilot license and Helicopter Pilot license from all over the world and from within New Zealand. These students spend around 18 months living in and around the airport to complete their pilot training.

As a recreational resource, Ardmore is utilised by a considerable number of Auckland City residents. The proximity and facilities offered at Ardmore ensure that aviation enthusiasts and newcomers to the industry have the ability to participate in aviation related activities. In addition, there is a significant amount of public interest in Ardmore’s Open Days, attracting thousands of spectators to the Airport each year.

New Zealand Warbirds

Ardmore is a permanent home base to around 40 Warbirds aircraft and an important recreational resource for Warbird enthusiasts. The NZ Warbirds Visitor Centre attracts a large following from the public and regular tours arrive at Ardmore to view their historic and classic aircrafts.

Flying lessons are hungry work – visit our Ardmore Café

Soak up the airfield and runway atmosphere whilst enjoying your breakfast, light meal and a coffee at Ardmore Cafe from the viewing deck. We are open every day from 8am to 4pm.

Our Training Facilities

Ardmore Flying School is located overlooking the Ardmore Airport, with excellent views of the airfield, runways and aviation activity from its offices, student areas and recreational deck areas.

There is office space for instructors, administration and finance, reception, student services and management. A large welcome area provides space for visitors and the under-cover decked area provides a pleasant environment for relaxation or an informal de-brief after a busy flight lesson. This is particularly popular during the summer months. There are computers and desks available for flight planning, weather printing and logbook completion.

Formal theory training is delivered in one of the especially equipped classrooms. These are air-conditioned for comfort all year around and have modern teaching aids to enhance the learning experience. Pre-flight briefings are delivered in one of the special ‘Briefing Rooms’ which has access to all the on-line briefing material, whiteboard and computer so that the instructor and student can prepare fully for the lesson ahead.

A small kitchen area allows for tea and coffee making as well as basic food preparation and heating. Vending machines are available for drinks and snacks with water coolers dispersed around the site to allow for fresh clean water at any time. The local cafe is only 5 or 6 minutes’ walk from the Training Centre and provides a wide range of food and beverages.

Helicopter training pre-flight briefings are carried out in its own classroom/briefing room nearer the helicopter landing area. All the required training aids for helicopter training are provided.

English language courses conducted by Ardmore Flying School for its international students are carried out in a dedicated classroom. This aviation centred English course provides an excellent pathway for international students to bring the English language skills up to the minimum required for enrolment while at the same time learn aviation language and terminology.

Our Flight Simulators

Ardmore Flying School has 3 flight simulators for the training of pilots in instrument flying and procedures.

A Frasca single engine simulator is fitted with the latest Garmin 1000 “glass cockpit” navigation and avionics suite which is identical to that found in the company’s Cessna 172 aircraft that the students fly during training.

A second Frasca simulator is configured for a multi-engine aircraft and has traditional analogue instruments. It also has a Garmin 430 GPS unit again identical to that fitted to the company’s multi-engine fleet.

The fitting of common equipment, especially radio and navigation aids makes the transition from simulator to aircraft a more seamless one for the student. It allows for training time to be spent on learning and perfecting instrument flying procedures rather than understanding different equipment fit-out.

The school also has a Beech 200 King Air simulator. This turbo-prop aircraft simulator is used for the advanced training, especially the introduction to multi-crew work as experienced within the airliner environment.

This simulator introduces the student to more advanced avionics, aircraft engines and operating systems, and flies much is faster requiring sound instrument flying skills to fly accurately in all weathers. The interaction between crew members develops as the fly ever more challenging scenarios, many of which are only possible in a simulator.

All 3 simulators have projected visuals to enhance the simulator experience and to expose the students to various weather and other environmental conditions to challenge them in their learning.