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

Trial flights are a great introduction to learning to fly and can be a great gift for a Birthday or Christmas.
With options ranging from a trial flight over the geothermal plateau and lakes of Rotorua, in a Cessna 152 or Cessna 172 experience a taste of all aspects of flying, while enjoying the scenery from 3500ft and below!
With gift vouchers available, you can give someone an experience they will never forget!

Cessna 172M – Three Person Trial Flight
This is a 40 minute introduction to flying in our 4 seat training aircraft with an instructor. This allows you to share the experience with 2 family or friends sitting in the rear of the plane.
From: $179

Total trial flight experience is one hour and includes a pre-flight briefing

Get a Pilot’s License (PPL/CPL)

If you only want to fly privately, or as a hobby, this is the licence for you. A Private Pilot’s licence 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 Licence.


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.

Come and Meet Like Minded People

We provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for recreational pilots to go out flying and socialise with other likeminded individuals. Our focus is on recreational aviation and getting people into flying.

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