Learning to FLY!

Do you have an interest in flying or want to try something new?

Get a Pilot’s License (PPL)

If you only want to fly privately, or as a hobby, this is the license for you. A Private Pilot’s license allows you to take passengers in an airplane, anywhere in the country for your own purposes.


You may be any age to begin training, however you must be 16 to go solo and 17 to be issued a Private Pilot License.


You need to have a minimum of a Drivers DL9 medical certificate to fly solo and hold a PPL. A regular Fit and healthy person should pass without problem.  


  • Flight Radio Telephony
  • Human Factors
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft Technical Knowledge and Principles of Flight
  • Navigation
  • Law

These are external examinations which are multi-choice, requiring a 70% pass rate. NCEA credits can be issued for achievements such as passing exams and first solo.

Flight Time

You must complete at least 50 hours total flight training with an organisation like the Rotorua Aero Club. The minimum hour requirements are as follows:

  • 15 hours dual instruction
  • 15 hours solo flight
  • 5 hours instrument flight
  • 10 hours cross-country navigation training
  • 5 hours Terrain and Weather Awareness Dual Instruction

On completion of the PPL flight training Syllabus, you must pass a practical flight test which will include all normal and emergency in-flight manoeuvres. This flight test is proving you can accurately control an aircraft without assistance in any scenario, while demonstrating Airmanship and compliance with Civil Aviation Rules.


A Private Pilot licence is similar to a driver’s licence in the way that you are almost unrestricted for personal use, but you cannot fly commercially, or, for hire or reward – A commercial licence (CPL) is required for this.

Our Instructor

Peter Rutledge joins us every Sunday from Aerohire, Whakatane. Peter has a huge amount of experience teaching students from ab initio all the way up through Commercial (CPL) as well as instructor training (C-CAT).
Read more about Peter here.

Our Courses

Learning to fly requires some study as well, for your PPL you will be required to sit six exams which are all listed in the link below. While we can also offer CPL training, due to low demand at present, please contact us for more information or to arrange to attend a course.

PPL Courses