Information for New Zealand Students

Established in 1961, Ardmore Flying School operates a world-class pilot training facility catering to all levels of pilot training, from private pilot licence, commercial pilot licence, ATPL theory, Flight Instructor ratings and Helicopter pilot licenses.

Learn to Fly in Auckland

If you need to relocate to Auckland this can be an exciting experience — a new home and building lifetime friendships with other students and instructors.

Auckland is a vibrant multicultural city beside the sea, sprawled between two harbours and two oceans – the Tasman and the Pacific. It offers the best of both worlds – all the buzz, entertainment, nightlife and cultural activities of a big city, as well as an outdoor lifestyle with numerous sporting and leisure activities.

Top of the class - pilot training in Auckland

Accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as an approved

Private Training Establishment (PTE), and being approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand (CAANZ), enables Ardmore Flying School to offer New Zealand Diploma in Aviation qualifications.

Ardmore Flying School is one of the only flight training organisations in the Pacific Rim to offer personalised programs specifically to meet the need of each student. With a modern fleet of Cessna 172R’s and advanced aviation simulation technology, in well-equipped and air-conditioned classrooms. your dream of becoming a pilot is easier and cloer than you think.

Contact us to apply for out next Diploma in Aviation intake, and get your Information Pack

Refer to our How to Enrol page for more information on applying. Download Ardmore Flying School Application form for NewZealand Student

Enrolment Criteria

In order to be considered for entrance into the Diploma in Aviation you must meet the following criteria:

Student Loan Placement


• Completion of NCEA Level 2 English

• Physics and Mathematics preferred but not essential

• Completion of the ADAPT Pre-Screening test (all prospective students applying for a Diploma in Aviation must undertake the ADAPT Test)

• Completion of one of the following:

- Completion of all exams: Private Pilot Licence, Commercial Pilot Licence and Instrument Rating theory, as well as achieving First Solo; OR

- Completion of the Private Pilot Licence (Theory and Practical)

Then all prospective students who are applying for a student loan placement must sit a formal interview. To book, please contact our Enrolments team.

In order to be considered for entrance into the Diploma in Aviation you must meet the following criteria:

Prospective students must bring to this interview:

• A copy of your ADAPT test results

• Passport

• Last School Results

• CV/Resume

At the conclusion of the interview your application will be presented to Ardmore Flying School’s selection panel for review.

If your previous flying experience was, in full or in part, obtained while enrolled in a CAANZ or ICAO approved or recognized course and you desire to qualify for full credit, please make sure that you are able to make your logbook available for inspection by Ardmore Flying School >and CAANZ and/or that you obtain a record (transcript) of training from the school you aended. Final credit awarded will be based upon a review of logged pilot time and demonstrated flight proficiency as evaluated by the Chief Flying Instructor when you commence training at Ardmore Flying School.

Self Funded Placement


  • Complete NCEA Level 2 English
  • - Physics and Mathematics are preferred but not necessary

    If you wish to apply for a self-funded placement, please contact the Enrolments team for an application form.

    Applications close 2 weeks prior to the commencement of each intake into the Diploma in Aviation.


    While pilot training at Ardmore Flying School, we can arrange your accommodation before you arrive. Your accommodation will become your “home away from home” providing everything you need to succeed. We offer new housing, your own bedroom and with no more than four students to a house.

    Everything from linen to washing machine, oven to cutlery, beds to table and chairs and tableware are provided. You will find plenty of space for study while enjoying the company of fellow pilots studying as you are. All of this only 5 minutes from the Training Centre.


    It is a requirement of the NZ CAA for all pilots in New Zealand to hold a current Class Medical certificate appropriate for the licencing they hold.

    As aviation students at Ardmore Flying School, you must hold a minimum of a current Class Two Medical certificate prior to solo flight during the PPL practical flying. If you are training to be a professional pilot, for peace of mind we urge you to obtain a Class One Medical before starting.

    Medicals can only be completed with an accredited Aviation Medical Examiner(AME). Medicals are valid for five years for private operations and one year for commercial operations if you are under 40 years old.

    Wearing glasses should not prevent you from gaining a medical or restrict your licence in any way, providing you can meet the vision standard when wearing them.

    A listing of approved medical examiners is located on the CAA website.

    English Skills

    Students applying within New Zealand, you must hold one of the following for entry into the Diploma in Aviation:

    • A minimum of NCEA Level 2 English OR
    • 3 years work experience in New Zealand