A Proud Heritage

Standing out as one of a handful of flight schools worldwide that has a a senior airline captain as it’s founder and based at an airfield originating in World War 2, we’re proud of the history and mindful of the responsibility we carry in continuing the traditions of New Zealand aviation on to our future pilots.

We strive to be acknowledged globally as a leader in Flight Training Services by delivering a professional, unique and total experience to aspiring pilots from around the world, which is why we are also an NZQA approved Flying School.

Apart from providing incredible landscapes for the “Lord of the Rings” movies, Matamata has a uniquely varied landscape especially suitable for flight training. A diversity of flight conditions, low air traffic volumes and close proximity to the advanced flight infrastructure in Auckland means our students gain more experience in a shorter period of time. And less congested airspace means more time time can be spent training instead of routing around traffic which explains why it’s not uncommon for our students to finish their training in a shorter time period.



  • NZQA Approval
  • 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
Chief Executive Officer

Mitchell grew up in and Matamata, and has maintains strong ties with the local community.

His intense passion for aviation sets the benchmark that our 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
Standards Manager

Capt 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, to give 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 




Meet the FLeet

Cessna 172

Our Modern Jet A1 powered primary training aircraft.  Four seats with a cruise speed of 110 knots. We currently have eight in the fleet.


$250 Per Hour dual/solo including landings at Matamata

Diamond DA42

Our multi-engine and instrument rating trainer, the DA42 boasts class leading efficiency and is a perfect aircraft for your introduction to multi-engine flight.


$600 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