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Diploma in Aviation

Congratulations on taking your first step towards becoming a pilot.

To complete the full Professional Airline Pilot Programme will take 14 – 18 months, depending on the training options selected (Airline Preparation or Flight Instructor).

To be eligible for the Professional Airline Pilot Programme, you must:

  • At least 18 years old at course commencement.
  • English Language Proficiency
    • IELTS (Academic) score of 6 (no bands less than 5.5) for the Diploma Programme
    • IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 (no bands less than 5.0) for the Recreational Programme
  • Immigration - All international students must hold a Student Visa to study in NZ. This can be obtained via www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/options/study upon receiving your Confirmation of Placement from Ardmore Flying School.
  • Medical - Students must obtain a Class 1 Medical. Please see the list of approved doctors in your area at CAA or discuss with our enrolment team.
  • Logbook of any previous flight training
  • Complete an interview with our recruitment team

For more detailed information please view our International Students page or contact Enrolments.

All fees paid in advance are placed in a government guaranteed trust in the students name and not directly into Ardmore. Ardmore Flying School then bills the student’s trust account for training after it has been completed. Contact us to find out more.


1Private Pilots License (PPL) & Commercial Pilots License (CPL) - Integrated Theory

12 weeks

This initial theory course covers basic and professional knowledge levels in the following subjects:

  • Air Law
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Human factors
  • Flight ready telephone operator
  • Principles of flight
  • Aircraft technical knowledge

This is a combination of classroom and online material with examinations conducted by Aviation Services Limited.

2Basic Practical Phase

16 weeks

This phase is included in your Private Pilot License (PPL) and enables you to fly for pleasure with friends and family.

Whatever your aspirations, we believe that good solid training at a basic level is imperative. Our training programmes are designed to go well beyond the minimum standards required for a Private Pilots License. This ensures you are well equipped to handle all situations with confidence and continue on to a professional level.

Once the PPL is achieved in this basic phase of training, students will be able to take passengers and fly anywhere in New Zealand, but students are unable to be employed on a PPL.

3Commercial Pilots License (CPL) - Practical Phase 1

9 weeks

Having competed the basic phase, you will now move on to professional commercial training. This includes primarily commercial navigation techniques and introduces advanced handling maneuvers.

4Instrument Rating Theory

4 weeks

This course covers three subjects that will allow the professional pilot to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). The subjects are:

  • IFR Law
  • Instrument and navigation aids
  • IFR Navigation

The course incudes training on modern navigation aids including GPS and remote navigation procedures (RMP) as well as traditional navigation aids. This course is a combination of classroom and online learning.

5Instrument Rating Practical

16 week

The step up to practical instrument flying is an important one for a professional career and is only made easier if the basic visual flying has been mastered.

Introduction to flying without visual reference begins in the simulator and progresses to the single engine aircraft and multi-engine aircraft using glass cockpit instrumentation.

6Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)

7 weeks

This is a theory course covering the following subjects at the highest level:

  • Air Law
  • Flight navigation
  • General flight planning
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft aerodynamics and systems
  • Human factors
  • Instruments and navigation aids

THE ATPL theory exam passes are required to become a captain of an aircraft for air transport. The flight hours required before sitting the practical ATPL test will come through future employment and therefore on completion of this theory course, you will have a "frozen" ATPL.

The exam credits are valid for 10 years.

7Commercial Pilot License (CPL) Practical

7 weeks

This second phase of CPL training covers advanced mountain and low flying and hones the skills in advanced aircraft maneuvers. It is focused on operating the aircraft professionally and incorporates all technical and non-technical skills learned to date. It culminates with the CPL license skills test conducted by Aviation Services Limited (ASL).

8Multi Crew Integration – Airline Preparation Strand

4 weeks

This course bridges the gap between single pilot – light multi-engine aircraft operation and the skills and knowledge required to operate in multi-crew cockpit in a jet aircraft.

The multi-crew integration course is required to complete the diploma in Aviation - Airline Preparation strand. One week of classroom theory is followed by 18 hours of pilot flying and 18 hours pilot of monitoring in a fixed base A320 simulator.

It introduces multi-crew cooperation, heavy aircraft energy management and advanced human factors. It further develops skills in systems and checklist use while operating as a team with a co-pilot.

You must have a CPL and ATPL exams credits before commencing this course.

9Instructor Rating – Instructor Strand

12 weeks

The most popular/traditional pathway to a career in the airlines is by gaining your C-Category ‘C-Cat’ Instructor Rating.

It is the best way to gain hours and build pilot experience and bridges the gap between achieving a CPL and becoming an airline pilot.

This course is designed to develop in each candidate a desire to train and impart upcoming pilots instruction, using training methods that fully integrate safety awareness, critical thinking, sound judgment and threat and error management.

As a graduate of the New Zealand Diploma in Aviation - Flight Instruction, your are eligible to apply for our Internship Programme. The training includes the mandatory Instructional Techniques Course – ‘a teach the teacher’ training module specifically to develop training delivery skills.

Casual/Recreational Fixed Wing Programme

Congratulations on taking your first step towards becoming a pilot.

Below are the courses included in Recreational Pilot Programme.

1Private Pilot Licence - PPL

16 to 20 weeks

The Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is the first step in learning to fly and is a recreatinal licence which enables you to fly for pleasure with friends and family.

Whatever your aspirations, we believe that good solid training at private pilot level is imperative. Our training programmes are designed to go well beyond the minimum standards required for a Private Pilots Licence. This ensures you are well equipped to handle all situations with confidence.

Ardmore Flying School teaches you all the practical and theoretical skills required to achieve your PPL. Once the PPL is achieved, students will be able to take passengers and fly anywhere in New Zealand, but you are unable to be employed on a PPL. In 50 hours minimum, we'll take you from no flight experience to being a proficient private pilot.

Eligibility

  • 17 years or older to gain your licence and fly passengers (16 to fly solo)
  • Class 2 Medical (minimum)
  • Must be able to demonstrate competency in understanding English in verbal and written form
  • NCEA Level 2 or 3 years work experience
  • A minimum score of 5.5 IELTS or equivalent

Theory

All exams must be passed to obtain PPL Licence:

  • Air Law
  • Navigation
  • Aircraft Technical Knowledge
  • Flight Radiotelephony
  • Human Factors
  • Meteorology
  • English Proficiency Test

Practical

  • Preparation for flight
  • Starting and run-up procedures
  • Taxiing
  • Take-off, circuit and landing
  • Straight and level flight
  • Aircraft manoeuvres
  • Cross-country flying
  • Emergency procedures
  • First Solo

Flight Time

50 hours minimum. Ardmore Flying School training is 62 hours. Industry norm is 60 -70 hours.

2Commercial Pilot Licence CPL

12 weeks

Once you obtain your Private Pilot Licence, you can learn the skills and knowledge required to obtain your Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) – and help you take another step towards a lucrative career in commercial flying.

The theoretical training for the CPL covers many of the same subject areas as the PPL but in greater depth. This is to provide the student with ‘situational awareness’ that enables them to anticipate problems and know how best to handle any scenario in flight.

The hours requirement for a CPL is a minimum 200 hours. This normally means 100 hours of solo flying and 100 hours under dual instruction. This 200 hour minimum requirement INCLUDES the hours gained as part of the PPL.

Eligibility

  • 18 years or older
  • Class 1 medical

Course Content

Theory

You must pass all the following exams to obtain a Commercial Pilot Licence:

  • Air Law
  • Navigation
  • Aircraft Technical Knowledge
  • Human Factors
  • Meteorology

Practical

  • Starting and run up procedures
  • Taxiing
  • Straight and level flight
  • Take-off, circuit and landing
  • Aircraft manoeuvres
  • Advanced Cross-Country flying
  • Emergency procedures

Flight Time Requirements

200 hours minimum including:

  • 100 hours PiC
  • 100 hours Dual Instruction
  • 30 hours Cross Country Navigation
  • 10 hours Mountain Flying
3Instrument Rating Theory

4 weeks

This covers three subjects that will allow the professional pilot to fly in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) under instrument flight rules (IFR). The subjects are:

  • IFR Law
  • Instrument and navigation aids
  • IFR Navigation

The course incudes training on modern navigation aids including GPS and remote navigation procedures (RMP) as well as traditional navigation aids. This course is a combination of classroom and online learning.

4Instrument Rating Practical

16 week

The step up to practical instrument flying is an important one for a professional career and is only made easier if the basic visual flying has been mastered.

Introduction to flying without visual reference begins in the simulator and progresses to the single engine aircraft and multi-engine aircraft using glass cockpit instrumentation.

5Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL)

Minimum 7 weeks

An Airline Transport Pilot’s License (ATPL) is the highest license you can obtain. You will require this license to be the Captain of any aircraft operating in the air transport environment.

Because of the high experience requirement (1500 hours), graduates usually gain the additional hours for this license as part of their normal duties as a First Officer or co-pilot for an airline. In the meantime students are awarded a "frozen" ATPL by completing the seven ATPL subjects until they meet the hours requirements to sit their ATPL flight test. Employers now look more favourably at pilot candidates who have their ATPL subjects completed.

Eligibility

  • Commercial Pilot License
  • Multi or single-engine Instrument Rating

Theory

  1. Aircraft Law
  2. Flight Navigation
  3. General Flight Planning
  4. Meteorology
  5. Aircraft Aerodynamics and Systems
  6. Human Factors
  7. Instruments and Navigational Aids
  8. Flight Time Requirements

    • No flight requirement in this course
    • 1500 Total Time to sit ATPL Flight Test

    Course Dates

    Our courses use a successful combination of online content with in-class teaching to cater to everyone’s needs. Each subject rotates throughout the year to allow you to fit them in around your work or training or to do them all together in one block on a diploma programme.

    Course Content

    • Navigational Aids & Instruments
    • LAW
    • Meteorology
    • Navigation
    • Flight Planning
    • Performance & Systems
    • Human Factors

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