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CAA Exemptions to Competency

CAA have issued two exemptions covering pilots who have a competency assessment expiring between  18 August and 18 November 2021.  Please refer to the attached links for details.   22-exe-9-amendment-1 22-EXE-10    

2021-08-31T11:30:38+12:00August 31st, 2021|News|

Covid restrictions and testing

We are unable to provide flight test and and the practical flight assessment for RPAS tests during Levels 3 and 4.  Once we return to Level 2 we can recommence this.   RPAS theory courses can be completed  on line. This is a great time to fill in a few hours.    

2021-08-25T13:49:20+12:00August 25th, 2021|News|

Safety Management System Approved

I am pleased to announce that  CAA have approved Flight Test NZ's  Safety Management System.  Behind the scenes a lot of hard has gone on to achieve this significant milestone.  Flight Test NZ is committed to the principles of SMS  to further enhance the safety of aviation as well as our staff and customers.  

2021-07-01T11:13:03+12:00July 1st, 2021|News|

Need an ILS ?

If you require an ILS endorsement  Flight  Test NZ can do this in its Ardmore based simulator.  We can provide the total package -  simulator , instructor  and the flight examiner.   Multiple approach scenarios can be practiced without the delays from ATC.  Save time and money when compared to using an aircraft,

2021-04-12T09:48:22+12:00April 12th, 2021|News, Simulator|

PPL Medical Changes

From 05 April Private Pilot Licence holders do not have to hold a Class 2 medical.   A DL,9 which can be issued by their normal GP, is all that is required.  This will simplify and reduce the cost of aviation medical standards. There are however some exceptions:  if you wish to carry more than 5

2021-03-05T16:12:15+13:00March 5th, 2021|Featured, News|

Drone Airworthiness Inspections

Through its partnership with Unmanned Aircraft Solutions NZ, Flight Test NZ and Drone Trust are now able to offer drone airworthiness inspections and approvals in accordance with CAA Rules Part 101.202.  (4), (5) & (6). UAS NZs' Chief Engineer Bevan Lewell is one of just two individuals in New Zealand approved by the CAA to

2020-07-15T14:58:18+12:00July 15th, 2020|News|

IFR Currency and Job Interviews

Need to keep IFR current or have an job interview. Flight Test NZ has a King Air simulator based at Ardmore for currency, ILS issue, and refresher training for job interviews.  Contact us to arrange a slot.  

2021-08-03T16:53:05+12:00May 16th, 2020|News, Simulator|

Drone Training On Line Now Available

Great news. You can still complete drone training on line from our Drone Trust e-learning courses. Now is the time to make use of the next few weeks while we are in lock down. Click on the Drone button from our home page to access more information on these 101 and 102 courses or contact

2020-03-26T15:41:38+13:00March 26th, 2020|Courses, Featured, News|

New Examiners

I welcome three new examiners, Jason Drake, Rob Hunt and Jordan Kean, to Flight Test NZ. Rob is an Airline Examiner (H) based at Murchison. Rob is available to conduct Part 135 FCCC Jordan is a General Aviation Examiner (A) based at Dunedin who is available for PPL issue, instrument rating continued competency, Part 135

2020-03-18T14:23:14+13:00January 15th, 2020|News|