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New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (Airline Preparation) Level 6

Southern Wings
230 hours of total flight time
Diploma / certificate
On campus
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Program description

The New Zealand Diploma in Aviation course that Southern Wings provides has three streams; General Aviation, Instructor and Airline Preparation. All students of this stream will complete a Private Licence (PPL) and Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). Graduates of this course will be qualified commercial pilots, able to exercise the privileges provided for by CAANZ in New Zealand, hold valid written examination credit covering the airline transport pilot licence theory subjects and are ready for airline multi-crew flying operations or work in associated roles and industries. Graduates will have priority in future employment with Air New Zealand.

Course Content

The aim of this course is to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve a Commercial Pilots Licence with type and instrument ratings (entitling the holder to legally operate an aircraft in New Zealand for commercial purposes), complete the theory requirements for an Airline Transport Pilots Licence and prepare for airline multi-crew flying operations.


Flying practical and flight tests for CPL and Single or Multi-Engine Instrument Rating covering;

  • 230 hours of total flight time - Included in this flight time will be; intensive cross-country training and advanced handling techniques; 30 hours of cross-country navigation; 40 hours of instrument time
  • Knowledge of the privileges and limitations of a CPL
  • Technical and operational knowledge relevant to the aircraft type used in flight tests
  • Competence to operate the aircraft
  • Control of the aircraft at all times ensuring successful outcome of procedure or manoeuvre is never in doubt
  • Competence in Radiotelephony
  • Competency for an appropriate type rating
  • Competency for night flying and instrument flying for night flying privilege
  • Readiness for airline multi-crew flying operations


CPL theory subjects including;

  • Air Law, Flight Navigation, Meteorology, Principles of Flight and Aircraft Performance, General Aircraft Technical Knowledge and Human Factors
  • Single or Multi-Engine Instrument Rating theory subjects including: Air Law, Navigation and Flight Planning, Instruments and Navigation Aids
  • Airline Transport Pilot Licence theory subjects including: Air Law, Flight Planning, Flight Navigation, Instruments and Navigation Aids, Meteorology, Advanced Aerodynamics Performance and Systems and Human Factors.

Admission requirements

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

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Southern Wings

The New Zealand Southern Wings flight school offers professional pilot training for a wide range of students. From pilots preparing for an airline career, mountain flying and instructor ratings through to private or commercial pilot licensing, Southern Wings is known...

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