NZAA Information

NZAA is a high quality educational institution that understands the reality of flight training and provides the necessary tools and high standards that you expect in the Aviation Industry.

NZAA offers flight training programs whether it is a PPL, CPL, Instrument Rating, ATPL’s or CRM.

Private Pilot

All applicants wishing to enrol in any of the programmes are required to meet the undergraduate admission requirements.  It is now a requirement that all prospective students complete the ADAPT pilot – pre-screening in the first instance.  The test can be accessed on the ATTTO Skills Connect website:


  •  Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language
  • Obtain at least a first-class medical certificate or 2nd class medical certificate
  • Receive a minimum of 50 hours of flight time including training and solo flight
  • Pass 6 theory exams with a minimum pass rate of 70% as well as the PPL Practical Flight Test


Private Pilot’s Licence study:

  • At least 30 hours with an instructor on board
  • At least 15 hours flying solo under the supervision of an instructor on the ground
  • Terrain awareness training
  • Various exercises beginning with basic handling skills, progressing to circuits where you will eventually go solo, then to more advanced handling skills and cross-country navigation


  • Aviation law
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft technical knowledge
  • Navigation
  • Human factors
  • Flight Radio (FRTO rating)
  • An oral English Language Proficiency (ELP)

Commercial Pilot

After finishing your PPL Flight Test, you will be sitting 6 theory exams within depth flying – night flying, mountain flying and cross country.​


  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Be able to read, speak, and understand the English language

  • Obtain a first-class medical certificate

  •  Receive a minimum of 40 hours of flight time including training and solo flight

  • Pass all 6 theory exams with a minimum pass rate of 70% as well as completing and passing the CPL Flight Test.


A minimum of 200 hours of total flight time. Included in this flight time will be:

  • Intensive cross-country training and advanced handling techniques
  • Basic mountain flying
  • 30 hours of cross-country navigation, and
  • 10 hours of instrument flight


  • Aviation law and publications
  • Meteorology
  • Principles of flight
  • Aircraft technical knowledge
  • Navigation
  • Human factors

C – CAT Training

C-Category Instructor Rating

Following our 4-day full time Instructional Technique Course (ITC) ground course, our C-Cat students will immediately sequence into our full time, 4 – week C-Cat ground course. Having learnt how to deliver an effective lesson to students during the ITC, you’ll get the chance to put that knowledge into practice. 

During the course we will teach you the theory of flight in greater detail, we will role model the delivery of an effective briefing, explain to you how to answer difficult questions and how to present complex ideas and concepts in a clear, concise, and easy to understand manner. We will demonstrate to you how to deliver effective and constructive criticism and critiquing of a student’s performance, so they receive maximum value from each interaction. And once we start to lose our voices, we’ll pass the baton over to you!

You will be expected to plan out your briefings and presentations, and deliver them in a group setting, using the skills you have learnt during the course. You will have to think on your feet, answer any questions thrown your way, experience what it is like to be under pressure and still find a way to deliver quality content. You will listen to and deliver constructive criticism of you and your peer’s briefings.

Entry Requirements

  • A current CPL
  • A current Class 1 Aviation Medical Certificate; and
  • A pre-course interview/logbook assessment with DCFI and CFI.

Ground Course Theory

  • Principals of Flight theory and instruction.
  • PPL/CPL lesson briefing delivery.
  • Theory course presentation; and
  • Effective communication skills, and time management.

Flight Test Requirements

  • 250 hours total time, including 150 hours as Pilot in Command.
  • 25 hours dual instruction C-Cat training.
  • 1 hour spin recovery training; and
  • Passed an approved Instructional Techniques Course within the past 12 months.