How long will it take to complete a Level 5 Diploma/Level 6 Airline Preparation Diploma?
The Level 5 Diploma consists of the Private Pilots Licence, Commercial Pilots Licence and Instrument Rating. This takes approximately 64 weeks to complete. The Level 6 Diploma includes everything in the Level 5 Diploma as well as, the Multi Crew Integration Course and the Airline Transport Pilots Licence theory. This takes approximately 78 weeks to complete. For more information refer to the Courses/Programmes page.
How much will it cost?
Cost is highly dependent on the course that you wish to complete and whether you have any previous flying experience before you start at Ardmore Flying School. To work out how much it will cost, please contact our enrolments team to find out the cost structure.
How can I get some information about the courses?
If you go onto our Courses/Programme, you will find all the information about the Diploma courses and the Flexible/Self-funded courses that we offer at Ardmore Flying School.
Do you offer part-time/casual training?
Yes, we offer part-time/casual training. You can find all the information about these courses in the Flexible/Self-funded courses page.
I wear glasses, will this be a problem?
You will need to meet minimum medical standards, but in most cases wearing glasses will not be a problem. In fact, many pilots including airline pilots wear glasses.
To obtain a NZ CAA Class 1 or Class 2 Medical, you must visit an approved aviation medical examiner. They are listed on the CAA website at www.caa.govt.nz
Can I fly if I have a colour vision deficiency?
Ardmore Flying has one approved CAA assessor who is able to ascertain whether your colour vision deficiency will affect your ability to fly commercially.
How often do I have to fly to keep my licence current?
To remain current, within the preceding 90 days you need to have completed three take-offs/landings. To exercise the privileges of your PPL or CPL you will need to complete a Biennial Flight Review every two years. For more information, visit our Flexible/Self-funded page.
Does AFS do licence renewals?
Yes, we do offer licence renewals. For more information, visit our Flexible/Self-funded page.
Is a New Zealand CPL recognised overseas?
The New Zealand CPL is well recognised worldwide and New Zealand pilots 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 examination, completing a flight test and obtaining a local medical for the type of
licence you hold.
English is not my first language; can I still learn to fly?
Yes, you can still learn to fly. In order to hold a licence in New Zealand you must be assessed to be proficient in speaking, reading and understanding.