Training In Greymouth



  • flight-trainingFriendly high quality instruction
  • Experienced and dedicated instructors
  • Locally owned and operated with a long history on the West coast
  • A relaxed and professional environment
  • A strong safety conscious culture
  • No air traffic control, So no airways charges
  • Flexible training program to suit your schedule and budget
  • A working general aviation environment
  • Modern aero club facilities
  • Truly magnificent and varied flying conditions, that enables a thorough grounding in safe and enjoyable aviation

A Private Pilots Licence (PPL)

A PPL is needed for all recreational flying. This allows you to fly friends and family to any destination in the country on fair weather days

Under visual flight rules (VFR).
This is the first step to becoming a qualified Professional Pilot

A Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL)

Before you can work as a professional pilot for hire or reward you will require a CPL .
Once this achieved you can fly passengers or freight throughout New Zealand.

To increase you employment opportunities there are a number of options a pilot can pursue.

Becoming a flight instructor allows you to teach new students up to commercial licence and gives you valuable experience and hours.
Another option is to gain an Instrument rating allowing you to fly on poor weather days, under (IFR) Instrument Flying Rules .

This is an essential step in pursuing a career in the airline industry.

Becoming A Pilot

First Step:

We recommend that you take a 30-minute “hands on” trial flight to see weather you like it.
This flight can be put in your log book and does count toward your total flight time.


To fly solo you must be at least 16, however training can start prior to this. There is no upper age limit to learn to fly.

To hold a PPL you must be at least 17 years old to hold a CPL the minimum age required is 18 years of age.


A class two aviation medical is required before a student pilot can fly solo.

We recommend that you have your medical soon after you commence your training for your PPL.

If you intend to carry on and obtain a CPL we suggest you inform the doctor as a class one aviation

medical is required for a Commercial Pilots Licence.

” Please ask your instructor for a list of designated CAA approved medical examiners ” Or click here


For each individual licence or rating there are corresponding exams which must be passed before
the licence or rating can be validated. These exams are multi-choice and vary in difficulty.
These exams can be sat in Greymouth.

Private Pilots Licence

This is the basic qualification which entitles the holder to fly aircraft up to 5700kg all up weight
with or without passengers, in VFR conditions, but not for hire or reward (eg wage / salary).
Our course will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to safely and confidently
pilot an aircraft and pass the PPL flight test.
During your training you fly with a qualified instructor in a dual-controlled aircraft until such time
as you are proficient enough to complete your first solo circuit, after which follows a carefully
programmed dual and solo flying and theory syllabus. The actual course covers a legal minimum
of 50 flying hours.

Training commences with upper air work, learning basic flying, then starting on the circuit, i.e.
learning to take off and land. Then follows the first solo flight, (the flight never forgotten by
pilots) after which the student’s rate of learning and ability increases rapidly.
Generally most students fly solo between 10 and 15 hours dual instruction.
Consolidation flying is then done so that the take-offs and landings are improved, taking into
account the vagaries of the wind and the weather. Then follows more advanced flying and cross
country work. When the instructor is satisfied the student is then put up for his/her flight test for
the licence. The test itself is quite straight forward and lasts about an hour and is conducted by
an approved flight testing officer.

PPL Course Length and Content

There are theory and practical requirements. There is no time limit on training however the PPL
exams have a validity period of 2 years. The time frame for this syllabus is totally flexible to suit
your needs. The more time you can put into flying the faster you will pass your licence (e.g. if
you were to fly twice a week a PPL could be completed in under 6 months). Weather can be a
cause of delay while training, should this happen we suggest that you increase the frequency of
lessons to make up lost ground and maintain continuity.

When do you start studying for the theory requirements
There are 6 theory subjects which must be completed before you commence solo cross country
training. Because of this, we suggest students begin studying for these after about 15 hours
flying experience. Some practical knowledge assists to understand the theory side. The
examinations are in the form of multi choice and have a pass mark of 70%.

It is our clubs policy that you should pass your flight radio telephone theory examination before being sent solo.

Flight Training Requirements

Civil Aviation Rules state that a minimum of 50 hours flight time is required for a PPL. The
Total Flight Experience of 50 hours, consists of:

  • Dual Instruction 15 Hours
  • Solo Flight Time 15 Hours
  • Cross Country Navigation Training 10 Hours (5 hrs dual / 5 hrs solo)
  • Dual Instrument Instruction 5 Hours
  • Advanced Dual Instruction 5 Hour
  • Terrain and weather awareness: 5 hours dual flight training to include at least: 2 hours low flying; and 2 hours terrain and weather awareness training in aeroplanes
  • Night Flying (Optional) 5 Hours
  • Theory Exams:
  • The six theory subjects which must be completed are:
  • Aviation Law
  • Air Navigation and Flight Planning
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft Technical Knowledge
  • Human Factors
  • Flight Radiotelephony

Due to the difficulty of these exams self study is the way in which these are handled, a set of
study books are bought and if you find you are having difficulty or have questions the instructors
are more than happy to sit down with you and run through the appropriate sections.

Commercial Pilots Licence – Flight Training Requirements

Total Flight Experience 200 hours

This is to include at least the minimum flight time requirements of :

  • Pilot in Command 100 hours
  • Cross Country Navigation 30 hours
  • Night Flying 10 hours
  • Instrument Time 10 hours

Use of Club Aircraft

On the odd occasion you may find that the aircraft or instructor is required for a commercial
operation, due to the nature of this business commercial operations take priority. Every effort will
be made to ensure that minimum disruption is caused.
Greymouth Aero Club Flight Centre reserve the right to decline flight approval at any time,
conditions of club membership and charter must be complied with at all times.