What Others Have Said About Us

Get an insight into pilot training at Ardmore Flying School from those who have been through the training and are now living the dream.

  • My aviation journey began at Ardmore Flying School, and I'm grateful for the excellent foundation it provided. The school's outstanding reputation and high flight training standards made it the obvious choice for me. Located in Tamaki Makaurau near breathtaking places like Waiheke Island and the Auckland CBD, the training environment was both unique and challenging due to the variable weather.

    Ardmore Flying School's state-of-the-art facilities and aircraft catered to all my training requirements. The instructors were exceptional, going above and beyond to ensure my success. I cherished my time there, forging lifelong friendships and valuable industry connections that paved the way for my career. I wholeheartedly recommend Ardmore Flying School to anyone pursuing a career in aviation.


    Former Student & Instructor

    Currently First Officer on ATR-72 at Air New Zealand

  • Ardmore Flying School proved to be an excellent place for my studies, boasting amiable and experienced staff. Its convenient location allowed me to explore the breathtaking coastal scenery of the North Island. During training, I faced diverse weather conditions and flew over various terrains. Thanks to the comprehensive training and invaluable experiences at Ardmore Flying School, I felt well-prepared for my first job as a First Officer with Susi Air.


    Former Student & Instructor

    Currently First Officer on C208B Caravan at Susi Air

  • I trained for my PPL and CPL, then moved on to IFR training. This is a big step from VFR to IFR, and everything was so different. During the whole training, I sometimes felt that it was hard to get through and I was quite depressed. But the school’s managers and instructors always looked after me and encouraged me. They were especially patient and used different ways and different thinking to help me overcome it. It made me feel that I had made the right decision to come to AFS because it’s like a family, not only a school for me. At AFS, instructors are not only training students how to fly, but more importantly, how to have a good attitude and understand the concept of time management. This is crucial for a pilot.

    After close to 2 years of training, I decided to join the AFS C-Cat instructor course. The reason I want to be an instructor at AFS is because I really like the school, the good environment and the managers and instructors. I want to teach my students the way that my instructors taught me. I not only want to be a good pilot now but also a good instructor - to teach students to have a good attitude, good behaviour and to be good pilots. AFS gave me the opportunity to start my new career.

    Lei Zhou

    Former Student

    Current Instructor at Ardmore Flying School

  • Before starting my pilot training, I thoroughly researched different flight schools, and I recommend others do the same. When I visited Ardmore Flying School, the instructor answered all my questions professionally and comprehensively. Ardmore Flying School stood out as the best choice, and I began my training with them. Now, after completing my training, I am a First Officer on a Boeing 737 in India at Akasa Air.


    Former Student

    Current First Officer with Akasa Air

  • What a way to enter aviation! Right from day one, the professionalism and ethos of Ardmore Flying School was clear.

    Right throughout the theory and practical lessons/assessments, I found the staff of AFS to be ever helpful, always welcoming and consistently supportive.

    Through the school's dedication and wealth of knowledge and experience, I was able to obtain my PPL, CPL and MEIR.

    Their effective teaching regime and impressive resources made them my first choice of school, and I have not been let down once

    An instructor's passion is a very important part of motivating a student to succeed, and here AFS did not falter. Every classroom brief and flying lesson has been a new opportunity to grow and learn, and I have consistently witnessed this in both myself and my peers.

    I hope to complete a C-Category Instructor rating with them soon, as I wish to continue to be a part of their professional culture and develop my skills further.

    Jack Babich

  • The instructors at Ardmore Flying School are incredibly approachable offering their support and knowledge both in and out of the classroom. In the last 2 years, AFS have ensured my pilot resume is one to be proud of. Recently I completed my Category C Flight Instructor rating and was promptly offered a job with AFS. Feeding off the enthusiasm, passion and friendships during my time as a student has made this journey one filled with great memories and big goals for the future.


    Former Student. Current Flight Instructor

  • My training at Ardmore Flying School has been a fulfilling experience to say the least. Right from the get-go I was impressed by the quality of training offered to me as well as the help and support provided by the staff at Ardmore Flying School.

    I feel that I was most definitely equipped with the resources to complete my Diploma in Aviation. I am now an employed Flight Instructor at the School and I would recommend Ardmore Flying School as the school of choice to advance your career.

    Isaac Sutton

    Former Student. Current Flight Instructor

  • Ardmore flying school was the perfect place for me to pursue my flight training. The environment at the school is very friendly and approachable, with an emphasis on constant self-improvement both from the students and all staff. Whether it be in the cockpit or on the ground, the instructors always went above and beyond, ready to help through any and every step of your training. My time at AFS has given me the skills, knowledge and confidence to pursue a career in aviation at the highest level.

    Julian Davies

    Former Student. Current Flight Instructor

  • Flying was always something I had dreamed of doing, although it seemed quite far away, not being a mathematician or extremely gifted in the field of physics. Despite this I decided to visit Ardmore Flying School to see what was required to train for a pilots licence.

    While I was there I received an introductory flight, where you can go up with an instructor and take control of the aircraft. After this I was hooked, I knew that this was what I wanted to do.

    As I was looking to continue with aviation as a career I found Ardmore Flying School to be the best fit for me with a more structured environment than an aero club and a vast amount of experience throughout the instructing staff. The availability of factory new Cessna 172’s was also great, with the option of training on the new G1000 glass cockpit aircraft. Its locality was also very convenient with many student flats and accommodation available just down the road from the school.

    Throughout my training the instructors at the school were extremely helpful and were always available to answer questions or sit down and explain concepts no matter how busy they were. I soon discovered that as long as you have the drive and motivation, flying can be a reality for anyone. The instructors I had for my training were great and made learning to fly an awesome experience. Many of them now fly for airlines within New Zealand and around the world.

    The other side of a training organization like Ardmore Flying School is meeting all the people who are going through the same experience as you; most of them becoming mates for life. From the first day of theory course where you know nothing about aviation to holding a commercial pilot licence with an instrument rating is a great milestone to reach, even better being able to reach it with those same people you sat with on day one.

    I would recommend Ardmore Flying School to anyone who is looking for great training with great people, learning to fly is a great experience you won’t forget.

    New Zealand Regional Airline

    First Officer

  • I graduated from Ardmore Flying School with a Commercial Pilots Licence, with the addition of Multi Engine Instrument and Flight Instructor Ratings.

    Studying to become a commercial pilot demanded hard work and commitment but has been one the best experiences of my life. My instructors were dedicated, reliable and friendly. Ardmore’s proximity to Auckland was a major benefit and I enjoyed flying in the schools modern fleet of Cessna Aircraft.

    The school did an excellent job of preparing me for a career as an airline pilot.

    They gave me the stepping stone of my first paid position in aviation, employing me as an instructor which greatly developed my flying abilities. While working as instructor I completed the required ATPL examinations and from there my experience qualified me for placement within an airline.

    It is for these reasons I would recommend seriously considering Ardmore Flying School if pursuing flight training.

    Airbus A320 with Australian Airline

    First Officer

  • The moment I started my PPL theory course I knew I had embarked on a career that would not only take me to the most interesting places, meet new people, but most importantly a job that I love and enjoy doing each day.

    One of my favourite memories from Ardmore Flying School is my first solo. I remember it like it was yesterday. The feeling of flying an aircraft all by yourself is literally out of this world. Having the support of fellow peers and the instructors around you really gives you the feeling that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve your dream of becoming a pilot. I found all the instructors and staff at Ardmore friendly and always willing to help no matter what the question is.

    During my time at Ardmore I was lucky enough to be the first student in New Zealand to sit my Commercial Pilots Licence in May 2006 using the Garmin 1000 Avionics (Glass Cockpit). This really set me up for my airline career.

    I was also lucky enough to complete my instructors rating with Ardmore Flying School, this took me through to B-Cat level and instructing on the Multi Engine Beechcraft Duchess. I loved my time working at AFS. It seemed everyone at the school loved what they were doing, whether it was instructors at work or students learning, the atmosphere was always buzzing with people passionate about their aviation careers.

    Ardmore Flying School allowed me to gain the valuable experience that allowed me to fill the seat I have today. Not only did I learn to fly with some of the most experienced instructors in the country but also had access to the latest in technology and resources. I would recommend Ardmore Flying School to anyone, whether you just want to become a private pilot or follow a career in aviation. I look forward to hopefully coming back in a few years and sharing my experience and passion for aviation with future students.

    New Zealand Regional Airline

    First Officer

  • I attained my CPL 2007, MEIR in 2008, C-cat in 2008, B-cat in 2009 and finished instructing Feb 2012.

    The best thing I loved best about my time at Ardmore Flying School was the people. I made some great friends. I flew with two instructors and I enjoyed my time with both of them.

    Ardmore Flying School prepared me and set the foundations of my career. Friendly environment made learning very enjoyable.

    I would absolutely recommend my family and friends to come and study at Ardmore Flying School?

    Graduated 2008

    Second Officer in South East Asia Airline