Most pilots train for their PPL on a pay-as-you-go basis . Alternatively, you can undertake our Pacific Pilot Training Total PPL course which is an all- inclusive course, for one price, undertaken full-time or part-time according to your requirements. For the latest prices, go to our prices page.
Getting a Private Pilots Licence (PPL), Recreational Pilots Licence (RPL) or Microlight Piloting Certificate
Flight training allows you to discover the joy of flying and to develop your own personal skills. Gaining a licence will allow you to hire or own aircraft and fly yourself and others around New Zealand, or the world! You can gain a PPL, RPL or microlight piloting certificate – which are all very similar qualifications; the microlight and RPL limit the type of aircraft you can fly and how many passengers carry. A PPL is also the first step towards getting a commercial pilot’s licence (CPL) which will allow you to make a career in aviation. The New Zealand PPL and CPL are also recognised throughout the world as a valid licence for flying in other countries.
A good idea to experience a taste of what to expect is to do an introductory Pacific Pilot Training flight. All training flights start with a pre-flight talk with a qualified flying instructor on how the aeroplane works, what is involved in the lesson and how you will be learning to control it. Your instructor will be teaching you how to fly from the start and you will be able to see flying is what you would like to do.
PPL Training – What’s Involved?
If after the “intro” flight you catch the flying bug then the training for your PPL or Pilot’s Certificate will follow a structured progressive path. The course is made up of a mixture theoretical knowledge required (ground exams) and actual flight training. Your intro lesson will count towards the course requirements and it will be the very first entry in your Pilot’s Logbook.
At least 50 hours of flight time is needed to gain your licence – which will be made up of around 35 hours dual instruction and 15 hours solo flying. It will include cross-country flying, instrument flying and instruction in advanced flight manoeuvre. Most students usually require about 55 hours to complete their PPL, however this varies from person to person. Depending on your rate of learning, your confidence and ability, you can expect achieve your first solo after around ten hours of training.
The six theory exams that are part of the syllabus are set at about the level of high school exams. A score of at least 70% is required for a pass in any subject. You can study on your own using text books that are for sale at P.P.T.’s Pilot Shop. Our instructors also offer ground courses on weekends and weekday evenings for tutoring the subjects – ask for details. The theory examinations are conducted locally by Aviation Services Ltd or – for the Microlight Piloting Certificate – are conducted in-house at P.P.T. For the PPL you will also be required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency.
The theory exams are:
- Flight Radio Telephony
- Aviation law
- Aircraft Technical Knowledge
- Human factors
- Meteorology (weather)
- Air navigation and flight planning
All flight training is carried out on a pre-booked basis – you book in advance for each training flight. Towards the end of your training we will help you hone your flying skills and carry out a practical test with a flight examiner. If you meet the required standard, you will be issued with your pilot’s licence, the key to an exciting flying future.
How long will it take?
If you trained full time you could expect to obtain a PPL as little as 2 months. It’s more usual to fly once or twice a week, in which case it will take about eight months to a year to achieve your licence. How fast you work towards your PPL is up to you.
Are there age restrictions?
There is no lower age limit to take a flying lesson however you have to be at least 16 years old to fly solo, and 17 to hold a PPL. Providing you continue to meet the legal medical requirements, there is no upper age limit for holding a PPL.
To qualify for a PPL pilots must pass a Class 2 aviation medical conducted by a CAA authorised medical practitioner. We can provide you with a list of authorised medical examiners. The RPL and Microlight certificates simply require a medical check by your GP.
What is the cost of flight training?
You can train for a PPL on a pay as you go basis Pacific Pilot Training or you can undertake our all- inclusive Pacific Pilot Training Total PPL package. For all the costs go to our prices page.
A pilot’s licence allows you to fly yourself and others to any airfield in New Zealand. Your PPL means you can hire aircraft from Pacific Pilot Training and hire aircraft from other flying organisations on presentation of your logbook and licence, subject to the rules applying to that organisation.
Pacific Pilot Training Limited operates a fleet of aircraft that are available for hire. For each different type of aircraft you need a ‘type rating’ where you become familiar with the aircraft and demonstrate proficiency in flying it.
There are further opportunities to achieve ratings such as in multi-engine aircraft, the instrument rating, or take part in organised trips away.
We offer training for:
- Night Ratings
- Mountain flying
- Strip endorsements
- Instructor Ratings
- Turbine Ratings
- Instrument Ratings
- GPS endorsements
- Multi-engine ratings
- Commercial Pilot Licence
- Airline Transport Pilots licences
- Glass cockpit and multi-crew co-ordination proficiency