Flying Instruction

Highly Experienced Flying Instruction

We provide specialist tailored helicopter training to clients who expect the best. At the same time, we strive to keep our costs to a minimum. We do not believe in mass-produced training packages, and treat all clients as individuals with individual training needs. Our syllabus includes training for the following:
  • PPL
  • CPL
  • Instrument rating
  • Night rating
  • Instructor rating
  • Sling
  • Winch
  • Mountain
  • Multi-engine
  • Type ratings

Private Pilot Licence

To obtain your private pilot licence, the first thing you need to do is to arrange a trial instructional flight. You will receive a safety and pre-flight brief then 20-30 minutes of flying instruction in which you will do the majority of the flying. This will help you decide if you really do want to learn to fly a helicopter and will help us assess your learning style and learning potential.
Private Pilot Licence

Commercial Pilot Licence 

To obtain your commercial pilot licence it is recommended that you undertake a Class 1 medical with a Designated Medical Examiner (DME) prior to commencing training for a CPL. You can find a list of DME's on the CAA website.
Commercial Pilot Licence

Flying Lessons

Most of the students training with Ice Aviation progress through the PPL (Private Pilot Licence) first before continuing with their CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence) training. It is important to note however that this isn’t necessary and you may undertake your CPL training without first gaining a PPL if you wish. We can offer advice as to which avenue is best for you and will insist on conducting individual training that’s best suited to your specific needs and learning potential. The hours required for a CPL (H) in New Zealand are 150 total helicopter flight time including:
  • 35 hours dual instruction
  • 35 hours pilot in command (solo)
  • 20 hours of cross-country navigation
  • 10 hours of mountain flying training and
  • 10 hours of under-slung load training
It is also possible that night flying training and instrument flying training be incorporated into your CPL training depending on your individual progress. It is also important to note that not all pilots progress at the same rate and some pilots may need more (or less) flight hours to achieve the required standards. The hours above are the minimum required for the issue of a licence.

Theory And Examinations

Civil aviation rules require you to pass 6 commercial licence exams:
  • Air law
  • Flight navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Principles of flight
  • General aircraft technical knowledge
  • Human factors
We are happy to offer advice as to whether you should self-study for your exams, undertake a full-time theory course and use a private tutor or any other method.  

Literature And Navigation Tools

Most of the publications and navigation equipment listed in the PPL section are applicable to the CPL training as well, but if you start with no experience you will need the following:
  • CAA pilot logbook
  • Aeronautical Information Publication Volumes 1 and 4
  • CPL Study Guides 2,5,6,8 (Pilot Books - Aviation Theory Centre)
  • Aviation Medicine and Other Human Factors (Ross Ewing)
  • Principles of Helicopter Flight (W. Wagtendonk)
  • Visual navigation charts
  • Navigation computer
  • Navigation ruler
  • Navigation protractor

Costs Associated 

The prices quoted here are not formal quotes but are provided to give you some idea of the cost of obtaining a CPL in New Zealand.
  • When flying plan on spending $490 per hour plus GST
  • Class 1 medical will be roughly $600 plus GST
  • Required literature is about $730
  • Navigational charts and equipment $120
  • 6 theory exams at $59 each
  • Flight testing is around $500 and incorporates test fee plus total flight time
Our recommendation as a minimum budget is to plan on spending about $76,800 plus GST. It is important to note that the actual costs will depend on student progress and actual hours taken to achieve the required standards.

Night Flying Lessons

Ice Aviation Ltd is able to offer all of the training and testing required for helicopter night flying in New Zealand and is also able to conduct Australian NVFR Rating Flight Tests. The requirements for a PPL (H) Night Flying Approval in New Zealand to operate within 25Nm of a lighted heliport or aerodrome are:
  • 2 hours instrument dual instruction and
  • 5 hours night flight time including 2 hours dual and 2 hours solo
The requirements for a PPL (H) Night Flying Approval to operate more than 25Nm from a lighted heliport or aerodrome (night cross-country) are:
  • 5 hours instrument dual instruction and
  • 10 hours night flight time including 5 hours dual, 2 hours solo, and 3 hours cross country
The requirements for a CPL (H) Night Flying Approval in New Zealand to operate within 25Nm of a lighted heliport or aerodrome are:
  • 2 hours dual instrument instruction and
  • 10 hours night flight time including 5 hours dual and 2 hours solo
The requirements for a CPL (H) Night Flying Approval to operate more than 25Nm from a lighted heliport or aerodrome (night cross-country) are:
  • 10 hours dual instrument instruction and
  • 10 hours night flight time including 5 hours dual, 2 hours solo, and 3 hours cross country
Helicopter training by ice aviation

Looking to obtain your helicopter pilots licence? Talk to the team at Ice Aviation New Plymouth today 021 966254 

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