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Diploma in Aviation (Rotary)

This course is available


Level of Study



2 years

Next start date

Expected Jan 2024


Wanaka Helicopters



Train for your aviation future amongst Wanaka’s stunning mountain landscape. Study core flight theory, plus essential aviation subjects for commercial operators. Acquire superior flight skills by training in a mountainous environment with our highly experienced flight instructors during the two year full time qualification. All courses are taught at Wanaka Airport where trainees actively participate as support in daily commercial operation as part of their training.

Wanaka Helicopters’ Diploma includes everything you require for a commercial license, plus extra flight opportunities, ratings, and invaluable ground operations experience.

Wanaka Helicopters is the largest and most experienced rotary flight training school in New Zealand and we are committed to producing exceptional pilots who have the potential to be very successful in their chosen aviation career.

The New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (NZDipGA) has been developed by the New Zealand aviation industry for both fixed and rotary wing pilots. It is a nationally recognised qualification administered by NZ Government under NZQA and Ringa Hora.

The Diploma results in candidates graduating with a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Commercial Pilot Licence, Helicopter (CPLH) and a Diploma in Aviation. The Diploma comprises of more than 25 unit standard courses and modules combined into a two-year qualification. These courses encompass topics and aspects of aviation over and above those required for a basic commercial pilot licence.

The Diploma is structured to start a professional pilot on a career path. Graduates will attain considerable extra operational and theoretical knowledge and practical skills that put them at an advantage when seeking employment as commercial pilots.

After successfully completing the course, a graduate will be a fully qualified commercial helicopter pilot, with type ratings for various single engined helicopters, be able to exercise the privileges provided for by CAANZ in New Zealand including, but not limited to, commercial flying operations, ground based operations, flight planning and assisting operators with their safety management systems (SMS).

Entry criteria

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at program start date. Must have achieved a qualification equivalent to NCEA Level 2 education. Where English is a second language IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is required.

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