• We’re a certified NZQA approved Flying School
  • Experienced and dedicated instructors
  • Open skies with minimal air traffic
  • Individualised learning programs and instruction
  • Tried and tested fleet of aircraft
  • Lower costs
  • More air time
  • Small class sizes with low student to instructor ratio 

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MeEt The Team

Mitchell Coombe

Mitchell grew up near Matamata, and has strong ties with the area.

His passion for aviation is strong, and this shows through the results that students are encouraged to achieve. A licensed pilot, Mitchell is just as at home in the air as he is on the farm.


Mitchell has an open door policy, and is always available for mentoring and advice to both the instructor team and students alike. Along with David he shares the vision that quality flight crew know how to aviate, not just fly.

David Giles
 Flight Standards Manager

David Giles has more than 27,000 hours flying experience all around the world.

David founded New Zealand Aviation at the iconic Waharoa Aerodrome near Matamata, because he wanted to give something back to the industry that had given him so much.


His teaching ethos and his vision for New Zealand Aviation is to teach students not just to be pilots – but to learn how to aviate as well. David also is a Senior Captain flying the SAAB 340 for Air Chathams between Auckland and Wanganui 

Celroy Mascarenhas
Chief Flying Instructor and Operations Manager

Celroy is a highly experienced and dedicated B Category Flying Instructor.

Celroy can teach students at all levels, from basic introductions through to multi-engine ratings. Originally from Mumbai in India, Celroy came to pursue his dream of flying in 2007, and now calls New Zealand home.

Celroy is Deputy Chief Flying Instructor/Operations Manager, B-Category Instructor and Multi-Engine/Advanced Flying Instructor.

Debmalya Bhattacharya
Flying Instructor

As a child Deb wanted to “Always aim for the sky,” now as a Flying Instructor Deb’s dreams have come true. Part of what makes Deb such a great instructor is his conviction that “In Aviation you never stop learning, and the day you stop learning is the day you should stop flying”. At New Zealand Aviation, Deb not only gets to impart what he has learned to his students, at the same time continue learning from a wealth of Aviation knowledge and excellent facilities.  This environment helps his students set their goals and enjoy the journey achieving them.


Meet the FLeet

Cessna 172

Our Modern Jet A1 powered primary training aircraft.  Four seats with a cruise speed of 110 knots.

Currently two in the fleet with more on order.

$250 Per Hour dual/solo including landings at Matamata

Tecnam P2006T

Our multi-engine and instrument rating trainer, the Tecnam boasts class leading efficiency and is a perfect aircraft for your introduction to multi-engine flight.


$480 Per Hour dual/solo including landings at Matamata

Victa Airtourer

Our 150hp low wing, 2 seat primary aerobatic trainer. A Tried and tested design, a true favourite of anyone who flies it.


$250 per hour dual/solo including landings at Matamata