To obtain a Commercial Licence, you must first complete your Private Pilot Licence.
This may take up to 16 weeks (including a 3 week ground course) dependent on the weather and your ability. Once you complete this licence, you can then work towards completing your Commercial Licence. This may take up to 46 weeks (including a 12 week ground course) dependent on the weather and your ability. In total it should take you approximately 62 weeks to complete.
Students must be 16 years old to fly solo and 17 years old to obtain a Private Pilot Licence. We recommend that students be no younger than 14 years old before they start their flight training with an instructor once a month or during school holidays until old enough to complete the remainder of the licencing full time.
Cost is highly dependent on the course of training selected but all of our courses are competitively priced to meet international industry standards. Please contact our enrolments team to find out the cost structure for your particular course enquiry.
Send us an email through our Contact Us page to receive a New Zealand or International Information Pack.
Ardmore Flying School is currently running Private Pilot Licence courses part time.
These courses run over a 10 week period every Saturday. Contact the enrolments team to find out when the next course is running.
You will have to meet minimum medical standards, but in most cases this will not be a problem. Many airline pilots wear glasses.
For any health issues, we recommend you consult an Aviation Medical Examiner.
To keep your licence active, pilots must perform three take offs/landings every 90 days. Then they will need to undergo a Biennial Flight Review every two years on their highest licence to renew it.
Contact Ardmore Flying School and talk to an experienced instructor who will step you through your licence renewal and how to best prepare for your Biennial Flight Review.
The New Zealand CPL is well recognised worldwide as pilots from New Zealand are in popular demand by many airlines.
The licence meets the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards. In many cases a licence conversion will simply require passing the local flight rules examination, completing a flight test and obtaining a local medical for the type of licence you hold.
Yes we do. Licencing in different countries have different requirements for conversion to a NZ CAA licence. Check out http://www.caa.govt.nz/pilots/Eng_Lang_Prof.htm for the requirements. If you need a hand understanding how to go about the conversion, head to the contact us page and send us your query and we’ll step you through it.