New Zealand licence requirements
Private Pilots Licence - PPL.
Flight time requirements
50 hours total flight time
15 hours dual flight instruction
15 hours solo flight time
5 hours instrument time
5 hours dual cross country navigation
5 hours solo cross country navigation
17 years of age for PPL
16 years of age to be able to fly solo
Class 2 medical certificate
Passes in: Flight Radio Telephone
PPL Aviation Law and Publications
PPL Human Factors
PPL Principles of Flight & Aircraft
Licence - CPL
Flight time requirements
200 hours total flight time
100 hours pilot in command time
30 hours cross country navigation
15 hours dual cross country navigation
15 hours solo cross country navigation
10 hours instrument time
18 years of age
Class 1 medical
Passes in: CPL Aviation Law and Publications
CPL Human Factors
CPL Principles of Flight
CPL Aircraft Technical Knowledge
Conversion to New
Zealand PPL from overseas ICAO Licence
The applicant must hold a
current ICAO licence and medical and meet the minimum flight experience
requirements for the issue of a New Zealand PPL. See section on PPL
The applicant must produce their logbook, licence and medical certificate at
the time of applying for their New Zealand licence.
The applicant must under go a BFR (Biennial Flight Review) with a "B"
category instructor. The instructor must view the candidates logbook to
assess that the candidate has the required flight experience for a New
Zealand PPL. The instructor must also provide the candidate with a thorough
briefing on New Zealand procedures and the New Zealand AIP (aeronautical
information publications). The logbook assessment, evidence of the BFR, a
photocopy of the candidates medical/licence is sent to the CAA (Civil
Aviation Authority) along with the issue fee of $55. The CAA will send the
licence directly to the candidate.
It will take about 5 working days for the licence to arrive.
Flying Options in New Zealand for
For overseas visitors who hold an ICAO licence it is possible for them to
take a flying holiday in New Zealand where they fly themselves around New
Zealand. To be able to do this they must first convert their foreign
licence to a New Zealand licence. The conversion to a New Zealand licence
is quite simple.
New Zealand is a relatively easy
place to navigate around. It is well provided with NDB and VOR/DME
beacons. There are large areas of uncontrolled airspace at the lower
altitudes, it is possible to fly to just about anywhere outside of the
main centres without having to talk to Air Traffic Control.
For visitors from overseas who do not hold a licence
or do not wish to go through the licence validation process can still take
a flying holiday.
for further information