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New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (General Aviation) Level 5

Southern Wings
230 hours of total fligth time
Diploma / certificate
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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 the CAANZ in New Zealand and safely load and carry dangerous goods by air or assist with Maintenance Control or work in the associated industries.

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.


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
  • Knowledge of the acceptance and carriage of dangerous goods by air
  • Competency for an appropriate type rating
  • Competency for night flying and flights where Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) are required
  • GPS and ILS Approach
  • Plus electives from: Pilot in Command flying for Category C Flight Instructor Rating or Maintenance Control incorporating the ‘National Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Maintenance Control)’


Commercial Pilot Licence (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 (SEIR or MEIR) including;

  • Air Law, Navigation and Flight Planning, Instruments and Navigation Aids.

Admission requirements

  • Be at least 18.
  • Be eligible to hold a New Zealand student visa
  • Have medical and travel insurance
  • Complete the ADAPT pilot pre-screening tool on the ATTO Skills
  • Four years secondary schooling in a country where the first language is English; or an IELTS overall score of 6.0, with no sub-part (reading, writing, listening, or speaking) below 6.0.
  • Some experience of being around aircraft, or provides evidence of self-motivated efforts to educate themselves about aircraft and the profession of being a pilot: NCEA Level 3 Certificate (or equivalent) with; at least 14 Level 3 credits in an English rich subject, and at least 14 Level 3 credits in a numbers orientated subject Or a trade qualification of Level 4 or above Or a pass in all NZ PPL subjects gained over a period of no more than 42 days where: no more than two subjects have been failed; no one subject has been failed more then twice; all academic transcripts must be provided in English.
  • A New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority Medical Certificate, Class 1.
  • A CAA fit and proper person status applies and students are required to produce a character reference and two referees, produce a criminal record history from the Ministry of Justice and a Land Transport offence history from Land Transport New Zealand.
  • A copy of your Curriculum Vitae

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Southern Wings

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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