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How long will it take to obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence?

To obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), you will first complete your Private Pilot Licence (PPL). Then you can work towards completing your CPL. This may take up to 52 weeks depending on the weather and your ability. If you wish to move into the airlines, you will require further training.

How old must I be to start training at Ardmore Flying School?

Students must be 18 or older to start training.

How much will it cost?

Cost is highly dependent on the number of flying hours completed by the student.Contact our enrolments team to find out the cost structure outlined for each licence.

How can I get some information about the courses?

Send an email through our Contact Us page on our website to receive a New Zealand Student or International Student Information Pack.

Do you offer part time/casual training?

Yes, We Do Offer part time/Casual training.

I wear glasses, will this be a problem?

You will need to meet minimum medical standards, but in most cases wearing glasses won’t be a problem. In fact, many airline pilots wear glasses. You can wear glasses or contact lenses so long as your vision is corrected to 20/30 or better.

To obtain a NZ CAA Class 1 or 2 medical, you must visit an approved aviation medical examiner. They are listed on the CAA website at

For any health issues, we recommend you consult an aviation medical examiner.

Can I fly if I’m colour blind?

Ardmore Flying School has two approved CAA assessors who are able to ascertain whether your colour blindness will affect your ability to fly commercially.

How often do I have to fly to keep my licence current?

To keep your licence active, you must perform three take-offs/landings every 90 days. Then you will need to undergo a flight review every two years.

Does your school do licence renewals?

Yes, We do offer licence renewals.

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 rules examination, completing a flight test and obtaining a local medical for the type of licence you hold.

Does your school do licence conversions for overseas licences?

Yes, We do offer licence conversions for overseas licences.

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