Aviation Training

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.

Our modern classrooms, aircraft and simulators are 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. One of our helpful team will be on hand to show you around and discuss your options.

Come and see us soon!

Our Fleet

Cessna 152 B

Cessna C152

The Cessna 152 is a two-seater, single-engine, high-wing general aviation aircraft, used primarily for flight training and personal use. It was based on the earlier Cessna 150 incorporating a number of minor design changes and a slightly more powerful engine with a longer time between overhaul.

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  • Powerplant2 x Centurion turbocharged diesel engine
  • Cruise Speed195 knots (365 km/hr)
  • Endurance7 hours 3 minutes with 40 minutes reserve
  • Service10,000ft Ceiling

Cessna C172R/S

The Cessna 172R/S is a four-seater, single-engine, high-wing training aircraft. Measured by its longevity and popularity, the 172 is the most successful mass-produced light aircraft in history. At Ardmore Flying School, we have a large fleet of Cessna aircraft. Our 172R/S are equipped with either analogue fixtures or the latest Garmin 1000 Glass cockpits. This gives you the opportunity to build your knowledge and skill flying aircraft with varying levels of technical sophistication.

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  • Powerplant2 x Centurion turbocharged diesel engine
  • Cruise Speed195 knots (365 km/hr)
  • Endurance7 hours 3 minutes with 40 minutes reserve
  • Service10,000ft Ceiling

Diamond Twin Star DA-42

The Diamond DA-42 is a four-seater, low-wing, twin engine training aircraft. Due to the low-wings, the DA-42 offers exceptional visibility thanks to its panoramic wrap around canopy and generous rear windows. It is equipped with modern Garmin 1000 avionics and navigation equipment, which enhances students instrument flight training. Comfortable access for all on board is assured.

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  • Powerplant2 x Centurion turbocharged diesel engine
  • Cruise Speed195 knots (365 km/hr)
  • Endurance7 hours 3 minutes with 40 minutes reserve
  • Service10,000ft Ceiling

Our Simulators

Ardmore Flying School owns and operates multiple simulators for the training of pilots in instrument flying and navigation procedures.

Firstly, the school has a Frasca single engine simulator which is fitted with the latest Garmin 1000 ‘glass cockpit’ navigation and avionics suite and is identical to that found in our Cessna 172 and DA-42 aircraft.

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 outs.

Ardmore also operates a state-of the art DA-42 simulator which is an exact replica of the DA-42 aircraft that is utilised for Multi-Engine Instrument Rating training purposes. The simulator is designed for both basic and advanced instrument, navigation and procedural training. With its enhanced and modern technology, students are able to learn specific instrument procedures as well as dealing with emergency scenarios in the multi-engine environment.

Our Pacific A320 fixed-based simulator introduces the student to more advanced avionics, aircraft engines and operating systems.

This provides an ideal training environment for CPL students to learn how to interact as a multi-pilot crew. Their skills are developed quickly by learning specific procedures and how to execute them to overcome challenging scenarios, many of which are only possible in a simulator.

All 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.


Our Training Facilities

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

Our formal theory training is delivered in one of the especially equipped classrooms. These are air-conditioned for comfort all year round and have modern teaching aids to enhance student’s learning experience. Pre-flight briefings are delivered in one of the ‘Briefing Rooms’ which has access to all the on-line briefing material, a whiteboard and computer so that the instructor and student can prepare for the lesson ahead. De-briefs can also be conducted here, to allow the instructor and students the privacy to reflect on the individual’s flight progress and training.

From the schools outdoor covered deck area, we are able to look out over our fleet of Cessna 152’s, 172’s and DA-42’s. The large concreted apron allows students to easily prepare for the flight ahead by utilising the equipment provided to refuel, push back and pre-flight the aircraft.

A large welcome area provides space for visitors, including the under-cover decked area which is utilised by students and staff with a pleasant environment to relax between flights and theory lessons. It is useful to have this space where students can informally talk to their peers and/or instructors about all thing’s aviation. This is particularly popular during the summer months as it provides great views of all operations on the airfield. To aid in flight planning, logbook entries and printing of theoretical materials, there are computers and desks readily available for all to use.

Ardmore Flying School also has office space on site for instructors, administration and management making it easy for students to easily talk to any member of staff whenever required.

Our school also offers ample parking that is available for staff and students.

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.

New Zealand Warbirds

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

Flying lessons are hungry work – visit the Ardmore Café to soak up the airfield and runway atmosphere whilst enjoying your coffee from their viewing deck.