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New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (Flight Instruction) Level 6

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Level of Study



230 hours flight time, plus 25 hours dual instruction towards your Instructor rating and Pilot in Command hours.

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Graduates of this course will be qualified commercial pilots, with a Category C Flight Instructor Rating able to exercise the privileges provided for by the CAANZ in 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 and a Category C Flight Instructor Rating.


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

  • 230 hours flight time, plus 25 hours dual instruction towards your Instructor rating and Pilot in Command hours.
  • 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
  • Category C Flight Instructor Rating
  • Competency for an appropriate type rating
  • Competency for night flying and instrument flying for night flying privilege
  • A minimum of two electives from instruction in; Night flight, aerobatic flight, spinning flight and multi-engine flight


Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) theory subjects including;

  • Air Law, Flight Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Principles of Flight and Aircraft Performance
  • General Aircraft Technical Knowledge
  • Human Factors

Single or Multi Engine Instrument Rating (SEIR or MEIR) including;

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

Entry criteria

  • Be at least 18.
  • Be eligible to hold a New Zealand student visa.
  • Have medical and travel insurance
  • Complete the ADAPT pilot prescreening tool on the ATTO Skills Connect website. Follow the aviation link to complete the pilot pre-screening test. You need to score “Average” or above. A grade of “Below Average” will only be acceptable in individually assessed special circumstances.
  • 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; (a) No more than two subjects have been failed, (b) 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.
  • The 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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