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FLIGHT PATH

YOUR FLYING CAREER PATHWAY

Congratulations on taking your first step towards becoming a pilot. We offer several flight training programmes depending on the aviation career you would like to pursue. Please review the different options below.

Commercial Pilot with Multi Engine Instrument Rating

At the completion of this programme you will be able to fly commercially (for hire or reward) although to fly larger passenger aircraft you will be required to operate under special supervision by your employing airline. There are many opportunities other than large airline work such as: Parachute Dropping, Scenic Charter, Air Ambulance, Whale Watching Freight operations etc. The programme will take approx 58 weeks.

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
  • Have English language proficiency
  • Have a minimum of NCEA Level 2 with subjects to include English, Maths and Science. Physics is desirable but not essential
  • Provide us with your filled-out application form
  • Provide supporting documentation with a cover letter telling us about yourself and your motivation and passion to become a pilot
  • Attend a New Student Selection Day held at the school (If your application has been successful for attendance to this event)

For more detailed information please contact our Enrolments team.

Any amount of fees paid in advance are placed in a government guaranteed trust in the student’s 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.


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ELIGIBILITY
REQUIREMENTS

1Private Pilot License (PPL) Theory & CAA English Language Assessment

5 weeks

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

  • Air Law
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Human Factors
  • Flight Radio Telephone Operator
  • Aircraft Technical Knowledge
  • English Proficiency Test

This learning is done in a classroom with examinations conducted by Aviation Services Limited.

2Basic Practical Phase and Commercial Pilots License (CPL) Theory
64.4 Flying Hours/2 Simulator Hours

This phase includes your PPL practical training and CPL theory training including exams.

Your PPL practical will take 16 weeks, while your CPL theory will take the full 18 weeks. You will spend a 1/2 day in the classroom every day and the other 1/2 day flying at least 3 or 4 days a week. The remaining time is for you to self-study and recap on your theory to ensure first time exam passes.

3Instrument Rating Theory and Commercial Pilots License (CPL)
Navigation Phase-1 55.2 Flying Hours

9 weeks

You will begin your CPL Navigation flying phase while completing the final 2 weeks of CPL theory. This 9-week period also has you flying for a 1/2 day, 3 or 4 times a week with the final week free of any classroom study!

Your Instrument Rating theory is 6 weeks of 1/2 day classroom work including the 3 required exams.

This phase of training is where you will really begin to understand professional piloting and gain more insights into the commercial and professional aspects of aviation – in both a practical and theoretical sense.

4Instrument Rating Practical 60.8 Flying Hours/ 21.1 Simulator Hours

16 weeks

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.

5Commercial Pilots License (CPL) Practical Phase-2 33.2 Flying Hours

8 weeks

This second phase of CPL training covers advanced mountain and low flying and hones the skills in advanced aircraft manoeuvres. 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).

Airline Preparation Programme

At the completion of this programme you will be able to fly commercially (for hire or reward). The Multi Crew Integration Course (MCIC) sets you up ready to complete your turbo-prop or jet type rating when you join an airline as a 2nd Officer or First Officer (Co-pilot). You can also fly for smaller operators as for the Level 5 Flight Training Programme. The programme will take approx 72 weeks.

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
  • Have English language proficiency
  • Have a minimum of NCEA Level 2 with subjects to include English, Maths and Science. Physics is desirable but not essential
  • Provide us with your filled-out application form
  • Provide supporting documentation with a cover letter telling us about yourself and your motivation and passion to become a pilot
  • Attend a New Student Selection Day held at the school (If your application has been successful for attendance to this event)

For more detailed information please contact our Enrolments team.

Any amount of fees paid in advance are placed in a government guaranteed trust in the student’s 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.


VIEW
ELIGIBILITY
REQUIREMENTS

1Private Pilot License (PPL) Theory & CAA English Language Assessment

5 weeks

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

  • Air Law
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Human Factors
  • Flight Radio Telephone Operator
  • Aircraft Technical Knowledge
  • English Proficiency Test

This learning is done in a classroom with examinations conducted by Aviation Services Limited.

2Basic Practical Phase and Commercial Pilots License (CPL) Theory
64.4 Flying Hours/2 Simulator Hours

18 weeks

This phase includes your PPL practical training and CPL theory training including exams.

Your PPL practical will take 16 weeks, while your CPL theory will take the full 18 weeks. You will spend a 1/2 day in the classroom every day and the other 1/2 day flying at least 3 or 4 days a week. The remaining time is for you to self-study and recap on your theory to ensure first time exam passes.

3Instrument Rating Theory and Commercial Pilots License (CPL) Navigation
Phase-1 55.2 Flying Hours

9 weeks

You will begin your CPL Navigation flying phase while completing the final 2 weeks of CPL theory. This 9-week period also has you flying for a 1/2 day, 3 or 4 times a week with the final week free of any classroom study!

Your Instrument Rating theory is 6 weeks of 1/2 day classroom work including the 3 required exams.

This phase of training is where you will really begin to understand professional piloting and gain more insights into the commercial and professional aspects of aviation – in both a practical and theoretical sense.

4Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)

9 weeks

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

  • Basic Gas Turbine Theory
  • 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.

5Instrument Rating Practical 60.8 Flying Hours/ 21.1 Simulator Hours

16 weeks

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.

6Commercial Pilots License (CPL) Practical Phase-2 33.2 Flying Hours

8 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).

7Multi Crew Integration – Airline Preparation Strand
18 Simulator Hours as Captain and 18 Simulator Hours as Co-Pilot

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.

Flight Instruction Programme

At the completion of this programme you will be able to fly commercially (for hire or reward) as a C Category Flight Instructor. You will be under the direct supervision of a B or A Category senior instructor initially, but can quickly progress out of direct supervision and upgrade to a B Category instructor in 6 – 12 months. The experience gained as a flight instructor is recognised by many airlines as a valuable skill and knowledge upgrade process and can help get that first airline job more quickly – especially if combined with the Airline Preparation training. The programme will take approx 72 weeks.

  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
  • Have English language proficiency
  • Have a minimum of NCEA Level 2 with subjects to include English, Maths and Science. Physics is desirable but not essential
  • Provide us with your filled-out application form
  • Provide supporting documentation with a cover letter telling us about yourself and your motivation and passion to become a pilot
  • Attend a New Student Selection Day held at the school (If your application has been successful for attendance to this event)

For more detailed information please contact our Enrolments team.

Any amount of fees paid in advance are placed in a government guaranteed trust in the student’s 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.


VIEW
ELIGIBILITY
REQUIREMENTS

1Private Pilot License (PPL) Theory & CAA English Language Assessment

5 weeks

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

  • Air Law
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Human Factors
  • Flight Radio Telephone Operator
  • Aircraft Technical Knowledge
  • English Proficiency Test

This learning is done in a classroom with examinations conducted by Aviation Services Limited.

2Basic Practical Phase and Commercial Pilots License (CPL) Theory
64.4 Flying Hours/2 Simulator Hours

18 weeks

This phase includes your PPL practical training and CPL theory training including exams.

Your PPL practical will take 16 weeks, while your CPL theory will take the full 18 weeks. You will spend a 1/2 day in the classroom every day and the other 1/2 day flying at least 3 or 4 days a week. The remaining time is for you to self-study and recap on your theory to ensure first time exam passes.

3Instrument Rating Theory and Commercial Pilots License (CPL) Navigation
Phase-1 55.2 Flying Hours

9 weeks

You will begin your CPL Navigation flying phase while completing the final 2 weeks of CPL theory. This 9-week period also has you flying for a 1/2 day, 3 or 4 times a week with the final week free of any classroom study!

Your Instrument Rating theory is 6 weeks of 1/2 day classroom work including the 3 required exams.

This phase of training is where you will really begin to understand professional piloting and gain more insights into the commercial and professional aspects of aviation – in both a practical and theoretical sense.

4Instrument Rating Practical 60.8 Flying Hours/ 21.1 Simulator Hours

16 weeks

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.

5Commercial Pilots License (CPL) Practical Phase-2 33.2 Flying Hours

8 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).

6Instructor Rating (C-Cat) 41.6 Flying Hours

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.

The training includes the mandatory Instructional Techniques Course – ‘a teach the teacher’ training module specifically to develop training delivery skills.

During the study for your Instructor rating, you will need to complete the Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) Human Factors exam.

Modular Training Programme

Your ability to fly as a pilot will depend on what modules of training you complete. A Private Pilot Licence (PPL) will allow you to fly with friends and family as passengers but you will not be able to receive any reward or other payment for this although you may be able to do some glider towing operations without payment. Once you complete your Commercial Pilot licence you can fly for hire or reward, similar to the Level 5 Training Programme but not in cloud or under instrument flight conditions. To do this you will need your Instrument Rating. The more modules you complete the greater your employment options. For the fastest route to employment as a pilot it is strongly recommended that either the Level 5 or Level 6 Training Programmes be considered. Students must fly regularly (at least twice per month) to effectively complete their training programme.

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

For more detailed information please contact our Enrolments team.

Any amount of fees paid in advance are placed in a government guaranteed trust in the student’s 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.


VIEW
ELIGIBILITY
REQUIREMENTS

1Private Pilot License (PPL) Theory and Practical 64.4 Flying Hours/2 Simulator Hours

16 to 20 weeks

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

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.

Once the PPL is achieved, you will be able to take passengers and fly almost anywhere in New Zealand, but you are unable to be employed on a PPL. We will take you from no flight experience to being a proficient private pilot.

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
2Commercial Pilots License (CPL) Theory and Practical
PPL + 137.6 Flying Hours/ 18.1 Simulator Hours

18 weeks

Once you obtain your Private Pilot Licence, you can learn the skills and knowledge required to obtain your Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL).

The theoretical training for the CPL covers many of the same subject areas as the PPL but in greater depth. This is to provide you with ‘situational awareness’ that enables you 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 include

  • 100 hours PiC
  • 100 hours Dual Instruction
  • 30 hours Cross Country Navigation
  • 10 hours Mountain Flying
3Multi Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) Theory and Practical
60.8 Flying Hours/21.1 Simulator Hours

4 weeks – Theory Phase

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 (RNP) as well as traditional navigation aids.

16 week – Practical Phase

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.

4Airline Transport Pilot Licence Theory (ATPL)

Minimum 9 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
  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

Flight Time Requirements

  • No flight requirement in this course
5Multi Crew Integration – Airline Preparation Strand
18 Simulator Hours as Captain / 18 Simulator Hours as Co-Pilot

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.

6Instructor Rating (C-Cat) with ATPL Human Factors 41.6 Flying Hours

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.

The training includes the mandatory Instructional Techniques Course – ‘a teach the teacher’ training module specifically to develop training delivery skills.

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