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Diploma in Aviation (Flight Instruction / Airline Preparation) (Level 6)

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245 credit hours

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This NZQA approved qualification builds on the New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (General Aviation) with strands in Flight Instruction or Airline Preparation.

Holders of this qualification are able to work as commercial pilots engaged in air transport operations under the relevant Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Rules, or engage in flight instruction under the relevant CAA Rules, or in the associated support industries such as flight planning and aircraft operations.

Graduates of the Aeroplane Flight Instruction strand will also be able to:

  • Instruct a diverse population of students in ground subjects and the art of flying, from the private through commercial pilot and instrument ratings on single or multi-engine aircraft; to meet the requirements of a CAANZ Category C Flight Instructor Aeroplane, as defined and specified in CAA Rule Part 61 and applicable Advisory Circulars.

Graduates of the Aeroplane Airline Preparation strand will also be able to:

  • Safely undertake duties as the pilot-in-command or as the co-pilot of a multi-engine multi-crew aircraft by applying knowledge of the CAANZ Airline Transport Licence rating theory subjects for aeroplanes, in order to ensure effective cockpit and flight crew dynamics, whilst confidently managing automation, complex equipment and technically challenging systems present within airline air transport operations, as defined and specified in CAA Rule Part 61 and applicable Advisory Circulars.

Entry criteria

  • Be at least 18 years of age before the date of the CPL Flight examination.
  • Complete the Adapt Trainee Pilot Pre screening test
  • Hold NCEA Level 3 with at least 14 L3 credits in an English rich subject (English, History, Art, Geography, Biology, Classics, Art History, Journalism, Media Studies, Religious Studies, PE) and 14 L3 credits in maths orientated subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Calculus, Accounting, Economics) or PPL Theory subjects or equivalent
  • Hold an Aviation Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Meet the Fit and Proper person requirement of CAANZ
  • Be competent in spoken English to meet CAANZ requirements
  • Applicants will be required to provide a land transport driving history report, a ministry of justice report and will be interviewed prior to acceptance.

Alternative Requirements:

Applicants who don’t meet the academic entry may apply for special admission to the NZ Diploma of Aviation (General Aviation) L5 based on the following:

Students who are over 20 years old (adult learners) and have relevant work experience which may include at least five years in the work force or worked with heavy equipment or have completed previous flying via an aero club. These students will also be subject to the normal interview process, Sim assessment and written entry test.

In addition for International students must :

  • Be 18 years of age or over at the start of a Training Scheme
  • Must have an IELTS Academic score of 5 (depending on the level of the QUAL) or higher, with no band score lower than 5 or meet other requirements of NZQA’s acceptable evidence of English language proficiency; and possess the appropriate visa.

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