Private Pilot Licence (PPL)


The Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is the first step to learning to fly. This is available to students completing their Diploma in Aviation or students wishing to fly for fun.

Ardmore Flying School’s PPL training programmes are of the very highest standard available. We are dedicated to providing first class training and tuition, personally tailored to meet the individual needs of students.

Whatever your aspirations, we believe that good solid training at private pilot level is imperative. Our training programmes are designed to go well beyond the minimum standards required for a Private Pilots Licence. A full time student can achieve an unrestricted Private Pilots Licence within twelve to sixteen weeks subject to weather and ability of the student.

This ensures you are well equipped to handle all situations with confidence while those students continuing on to a professional level will discover they have achieved a standard that makes future training much easier.

Ardmore Flying School teaches you all the practical and theoretical skills required to achieve your PPL. Once the PPL is achieved, students will be able to take passengers and fly anywhere in New Zealand, but you are unable to be employed on a PPL. In 50 hours minimum, we'll take you from no flight experience to being a proficient private pilot.




Location & start dates
Ardmore Flying School 19th October 2015
4 weeks full time (theory only); part time - time frame determined by the individual
Total Credits
Study options
Full time or part time
Fees - Domestic*
Additional course costs
All our course fees include ALL costs associated with delivery of the training, i.e. inclusive of landing fees, Airways charges, course equipment and examinations. No hidden costs at Ardmore Flying School. (Please enquire for the full schedule of costs)

* Fees listed are the total programme of study, are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.

International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include and international fee, medical and travel insurance cover. Please email for further information.


  • 17 years or older to gain your licence and to fly passengers (16 to fly solo)
  • Class-2 medical (minimum)
  • Must be able to demonstrate competency in understanding English in verbal and written form



(all exams must be passed to obtain PPL Licence)

  • Air Law - CAA rules and regulations
  • Navigation
  • Aircraft Technical Knowledge
  • Flight Radiotelephony
  • Human Factors
  • Meteorology
  • English Proficiency Test


  • Preparation for flight
  • Starting and run-up procedures
  • Taxiing
  • Take-off, circuit and landing
  • Straight and level flight
  • Aircraft manoeuvres
  • Cross-country flying
  • Emergency procedures
  • First Solo

Flight Time

  • 50 hours minimum. Recommended 65 – 70 hours to meet CAA’s syllabus

Entry requirements


  • 17 years old or older (16 to fly solo)
  • Class two medical-minimum
  • NCEA Level 2 or has 3 years work experience or has a minimum score of 6 IELTS or equivalent

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