International Information - India - Learn to Fly at Ardmore

For more information and to commence your enrolment today, contact our Regional Manager Pervez Suntoke.

Pervez Suntoke Regional Manager - India & Gulf Region

Ph: NZ: +64 2102786860


Skype: ardmore.pilottraining

Welcome Students from India

Aviation Industry Outlook

If you are passionate about flying and considering flying as a career option, than this is an exciting time to train as a commercial pilot in a leading flight training school and fulfil your aviation career ambitions. Leading analysts estimate that there will be enormous need for new pilots globally for the next 20 years driven by growth in Asia and Gulf countries particularly India, China, U.A.E and Qatar.

1. India is
  • the third largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic (estimated 100 million domestic passengers in 2017);
  • ninth-largest civil aviation market in the world, with a market size of around US$ 16 billion;
  • expected to become the third largest aviation market in the world by 2020 and largest by 2030.
  • attracting huge interest from international airlines further accelerating aviation growth;
2. GCC and Middle East
  • carriers have reported the strongest annual traffic growth of any region globally for the fifth year running in 2016;
  • is set to become the fastest growing aviation market in the world.

Analysts expect the aviation industry in India, UAE and Qatar to grow rapidly thus fuelling increased and sustained demand for well-trained and qualified pilots. For students from India and Middle East, this is a good time for aviation career and be part of aviation growth and success story.

Our Courses

We have several training programs as under:
  • Private Pilot Licence - Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing (PPL);
  • Commercial Pilot Licence – Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing (CPL);
  • Commercial Pilot Licence with Multi Engine Instrument Rating (Certificate Level 5) ;
  • Diploma in Aviation (Airline Preparation) – Fixed Wing - Level 6;
  • Diploma in Aviation (Flight Instruction) – Fixed Wing - Level 6;
  • Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering (Level 4);
  • Diploma in Aviation – Rotary Wing – Level 5

Admission Requirements

We provide ab-initio integrated training. You do not need prior ground training or flying experience to join us.
  • Age 18 years at commencement of training;
  • High School with good grades;
  • Good English language skills (IELTS 6.0 in Academic module)
  • NZ CAA Class 1 Medicals (Examiner available in Mumbai)
  • Pass online Pilot Pre-Screening Test (ADAPT)**

* For applicants with Level 4.5 -6.0 IELTS, entry is accepted on successful completion of the AFS 10 week English Language for Aviation course (additional costs apply)

**ADAPT is an online test, costs NZ$70 and takes 10 minutes to complete. It assesses whether you have the physical skills and personality to be successfully trained as pilot. It is a test of your natural ability to learn and process information. You can stop and start the test at any time and can re-sit the test, if required. For details and to take the test, visit

Intake Dates

We have 5 intakes in a year but could arrange a special intake for group of 6 or more students.

Fee Payment

Tuition fees can be paid in instalments and first instalment is payable only after you receive Approval-in-Principle for your student visa.

Fee Protection

Fees are paid in the school’s Public Trust Account. The public trustee holds the funds and transfers requisite amounts to the school periodically for the cost of training completed. This ensures that your funds are held safely and unutilised funds are available to you..

Public Trust Account

Fees are not paid to the school but paid into the Student Fees Protection Trust Account. The trustee holds the funds and transfers requisite amounts to the school periodically for the cost of training completed. This ensures that your funds are held safely and available for refund (subject to the terms of your training agreement) should any unplanned circumstances occur.

Study to Work

On completion of acceptable qualification, students qualify for 12 months Post Study Work Visa (Open) for 1 year. Job offer is not required for this visa and you can work for any employer in any position. Upon securing relevant job offer, students will qualify for Post Study Work Visa (Employer Sponsored) for 2 more years.

Train and Work With Us

Ardmore Flying School has a formal Internship Programme designed to offer employment opportunities on completion of training to any of our graduates. All our Flight Instructors are selected from our Internship Programme as it is our policy to recruit only our graduates, hence our Diploma in Aviation (Flight Instructor) Level 6 students will have the opportunity to compete for Flight Instructor jobs at our school and work for us after successful completion of qualification. To qualify, you must complete the NZ Diploma in Aviation (Airline Preparation) & (Flight Instruction) programmes. You must also have an impeccable training record and fantastic attitude.

Living Expenses

It is a visa requirement that you show evidence of funds @ NZD 15,000 per annum for your living expenses in New Zealand (lodging, boarding, transport, entertainment, communication, etc) unless you are sponsored by a New Zealand Citizen or Residence Class Visa holder.

Visa Assistance

We will arrange your student visa.

Travel & Medical Insurance

Travel and Health Insurance is mandatory and we will arrange your insurance cover for the entire length of the course.

Accommodation and Transport

We offer modern furnished accommodation with all utilities and amenities within 5 minutes drive from our academy. Each accommodation has 4 bedrooms with either one or two students in each bedroom. You may choose either your own room (additional costs apply) or twin share if you have a budget. Check our accommodation at We also provide transport to and from the academy.


Zarah, Pune, India


My name is Zarah and I’m from Pune, India. I have completed my Flight Instructor Diploma with Ardmore Flying School and am now working with them as Flight Instructor, training other students. Selecting the right flying school can be a daunting task and I chose Ardmore after a lot of research, reading a lot of reviews and recommendation from a family friend.

I can say with confidence that right from the outset I have been very impressed with the professionalism shown by the school. The school has very well maintained fleet of aircraft and a team of experienced, friendly instructors who are always ready to help. They set very demanding standards for flying which as a pilot I’ve greatly benefited from. NZ is a beautiful country and flying here has been an incredible experience to say the least. This has been made even more enjoyable with support from the school and the friends I’ve made here.

Omais Farooqui, Hyderabad, India
First Officer Air New Zealand ATR72-500 and Ex Ardmore Flying School Deputy CFI & Manager- Training & Standards

I always wanted to be a pilot. At the age of 28, after completing an MBA and running a business for almost 8 years in Hyderabad, India, I decided it was time to pursue my flying career.

After researching flight training in Canada, Australia and New Zealand I was drawn to Ardmores well-respected, high quality standard of training. Ardmore Flying School offers a higher standard of training than most with a relaxed atmosphere and I found this method of training at Ardmore Flying School appealing. This, I believe, is one of Ardmore's competitive edges.

I completed all of my aviation training at Ardmore Flying School and after graduating went on to complete a C-Category Instructor Rating and entered what is now the AFS Internship programme, where I fulfilled a number of duties in the school, eventually completing my B Category Instructor rating. As my career progressed, I was promoted through the ranks of the school and finished my time at the school as Deputy Chielf Flying Instructor and the Manager of Standards and Training.

The Management at AFS also supported my role flying a King Air 350 around New Zealand for the New Zealand Air Ambulance Service, which allowed me to build my experience and expertise.

I believe to be successful is to gain satisfaction from what you do and to ensure you don't take any short cuts, make the investment in yourself in terms of time and money. My advise to all Indian students contemplating a career in aviation is to train with the best schools with the most comprehensive programmes, not the cheapest, "bare bones" courses, as these basic courses do not give you the level of skills required to be an effective pilot candidate when you interview with the airlines.

I am very very satisfied with my experience at Ardmore, they gave me the very best training and the best chance at achieving success and becoming a professional pilot in New Zealand, something I don't think I could have achieved had I chosen another school or stayed in India. My training record and career progress proves it really works!!