Private Pilot License
At New Zealand Aviation, we pride ourselves on taking a personalised approach to helping you gain your Private Pilot License (PPL). Not all students learn at the same pace. Some will breeze through certain aspects of the necessary skill and knowledge requirements but need additional coaching on other parts. That’s why we employ experienced instructors who are not only focussed on helping you meet all the requirements of a Private Pilot Licence (PPL), but are also passionate about helping you become an Aviator, not just a pilot.
A private pilot licence (PPL) permits the holder to fly as the pilot-in-command of an aircraft in a private capacity, but not for financial gain. International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) set the requirements for this course but the actual implementation varies widely from country to country. To obtain a Private Pilot Licence at New Zealand Aviation, you will need to satisfy the criteria set by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority. Importantly, this level of certification is directly recognised in other countries such as India, China and Indonesia with minor local certification steps in each of these countries.
This qualification is the basic foundation for any flying pursuit and trains a novice learner for recreational flying as well as being a gateway to higher qualifications.
The minimum age in New Zealand for a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is 17 years. A dedicated learner can complete the Private Pilot Licence (PPL) in 8 weeks.
Those that want to take up aviation as a career go on and do their Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), once they have attained their PPL.
To gain a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) you will need to complete the following;
- 50 hours of flying
- 15 hours dual – with an instructor
- 15 hours solo
- 10 hours cross-country
- 5 hours instrument flying
- 5 hours mountain flying
- Pass the ground subjects (see the “ground subject” tab)
- Pass a class 2 medical
- Pass an English Language Proficiency exam
- Undergo a Civil Aviation Fit and Proper Person assessment
Candidates must pass both a practical assessment and the ground theory exams before they can gain their PPL.
An external organisation – Aviation Services Ltd. (ASL) conduct the practical assessment and theory exams.