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Diploma in Aviation (DipAv)

Ardmore Flying School
14 – 18 months
Diploma / certificate
On campus
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Program description

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

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.

Basic Practical Phase

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.

Commercial Pilots License (CPL) - Practical Phase 1

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.

Instrument Rating Theory

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 includes 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.

Instrument Rating Practical

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.

Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL)

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

Commercial Pilot License (CPL) Practical

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).

Multi Crew Integration – Airline Preparation Strand

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.

Instructor Rating – Instructor Strand

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.

Admission requirements

For more information about this program, please contact the school directly.

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About this institute

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...

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