New Zealand pilot training is highly sought after by airlines and General Aviation companies worldwide.

Ardmore Flying School is approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ), which is internationally renowned for its insistence in high standards of flight training operation, delivery and safety. CAANZ is one of the most respected authorities with the highest integrity in issuing New Zealand pilot licenses. This means Ardmore Flying School delivers better-prepared and legitimately licensed pilots, trained to exceed International Civil Aviation Organization standards.

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1. Price vs Quality

International airlines are now appreciating that students who embark on “low cost/low quality” training are unsuitable for the job without comprehensive retraining. The New Zealand training system is recognised for its high quality and comprehensive syllabus. That’s why more and more international airline customers are choosing New Zealand and Ardmore Flying School

2. Value For Money

Our training programmes will meet the price test. Compare our programmes line-for-line with your cheapest quote, we will show you the difference.

3. Industry Experience

Learn within one of the worlds oldest and most respected flight training industries.

The New Zealand flight training industry started in 1915 with the onset of the First World War, so the industry here is well established with protocols and standards forged over many, many years of practice. Ardmore Flying School is NZ’s largest privately owned flight school, operational since 1961 & under the same ownership since 1978. The management team alone at Ardmore Flying School has combined industry experience of 176 years in aviation training, including airline, helicopter, military, GA instructional & “warbirds” experience.

4. Training Environment

New Zealand is renowned for its beauty and diversity. Within a very short distance, you can experience the beauty of the surrounding oceans, native forests, rolling hills, mountains and magnificent beaches. The range of climatic conditions also challenge your skills. Airlines now recognise the risks of employing “fair weather” pilots, those graduates who are only used to flying over flat ground on a cloudless day. By training in NZ with Ardmore Flying School, you will become a more skilled and competent pilot better qualified to cope with all the meteorological and geographical challenges you will face in your aviation career.

5. Student Fees Protection

Ardmore Flying School, like all NZ education providers, is required by New Zealand law to ensure all student funds paid in advance are locked away in a Public Trust or lawyers trust account. This means if an NZ flight training provider encounters financial difficulty or you cease training for any reason, your funds are safe and there is no risk of losing your fees paid in advance. This programme is uniquely New Zealand.

6. International Reputation

Easily transfer your qualifications to your home country.

When you obtain a New Zealand aviation qualification, you can be assured that your training will be recognised by your home regulator and air transport operators. Your NZ training will position you as a respected professional pilot, as the international aviation industry puts real value on the New Zealand license/qualifications.

7. Career Path

Suitably qualified Ardmore Flying School graduates may apply for a flight instructor position. Ardmore Flying School instructors are frequently accepted into positions as airline pilots, therefore our demand for quality instructors is ongoing. International students who graduate with our Dual Diploma in Aviation (ATPL & Flight Instruction strands) are eligible to apply for an “Open Work Visa”, which may allow them to start a career with us. Please be aware, our standards are high, only top performers will be considered.

8. Life in New Zealand

While we can’t stress enough the importance on being focused in your studies, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy everything that New Zealand has to offer. Based in Auckland (NZ’s largest city), Ardmore Flying School is surrounded by beautiful landscapes and beaches, with opportunities for students to take in some of our natural attractions and activities. You will also fly over some of the worlds most beautiful terrain.

9. Modern Training Equipment

All our equipment is kept up to date, relevant and maintained to the highest standards. We operate a large fleet of modern training aircraft. We also maintain a low student/instructor ratio so that you get the very best personal attention during your training. With our training resources, your effort and commitment, we are well placed to give you the best opportunity to achieve your aviation goals

10. Advanced Training

Ardmore Flying School allows you to put the "finishing touches" on your CV by providing all the advanced training you require to be "employment ready". By completing our advanced courses, you will be better equipped to demonstrate a higher level of competency with any potential employer.



Ardmore Flying School requires all overseas students to arrive at leaset 1-week prior to the start of their course. Once you arrive, we organise your collection from Auckland International Airport and you will be delivered to your accommodation. During this initial period, students will go through orientation at the school and meet instructors and other students. You will have time to complete any medicals and other administration tasks (i.e. uniform fitting, opening bank accounts etc.) before the course work starts.

Contact us to apply for our next Aviation course and get your International Information Pack.


Applications need to be made through your local New Zealand Embassy. A directory of NZ embassies is available at The visa process usually takes between 6 – 8 weeks, please allow enough time to for this to be processed.

Alternatively, talk to our enrolments team about our International Induction Programme, allowing you to visit us at Ardmore to view our facilities and complete our enrolment processes.

Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website at:


We aim to provide a happy and memorable experience for students studying with Ardmore Flying School.

Our enrolments team will assist you to settle into New Zealand by helping you open a bank account in Papakura, obtain a New Zealand cell phone sim card.

At this time we will discuss any personal needs you may have and your training requirements.

If you need to talk to someone about problems or difficulties you may be having, you can speak to our enrolments team. They offer a free and confidential service to help you seek assistance with any issues related to your studies, accommodation, health, money, adjusting to life in New Zealand or work.

Ardmore Flying School has also agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the NZQA. Copies of the Code are available on request from Ardmore Flying School Or from the NZQA website at:

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English is the international language of Aviation. The New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority requires all applicants for a NZ pilot licence to be able to fluently read, speak and effectively understand the English language. All instructions and communications are given in English.

When English is a second language, applicants are required to meet a minimum English score of IELTS 6 (with no bands under 5.5) for the level 6 Diploma in Aviation Programme (ATPL or Flight Instruction) or 5.5 (with no bands under 5.0) for the Level 5 Training Scheme Programme. Visit to find your nearest testing location for assessment.

For more accepted English Proficiency certificates please refer to the Internationally recognised English Proficiency Outcomes for International students on the NZQA website.

Ardmore Flying School has partnered with English language schools to assist you with improving your English. If you do not currently meet the English language criteria for acceptance, please contact Tom Parker, Director of International Sales to discuss your options at +64 021 233 7749 or


Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at It is a government requirement that you have insurance that will cover the cost of medical treatment in New Zealand for the duration of your stay in New Zealand and that you obtain insurance to cover your travel to and from New Zealand.

Ardmore Flying School recommends Southern Cross Healthcare and is able to assist you in completing the necessary documentation. Please contact us to obtain a quote.

Most students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand unless they are one of the following:

  • A resident or citizen of Australia
  • A national of the United Kingdom in New Zealand

If you do not belong to one of these special categories and you receive medical treatment during your visit, you will be liable for the full costs of that treatment.