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Whangarei Flying Club

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LEARN TO FLY

Want to learn to fly, well, any one can learn to fly and experience the joys of flight. You can start your training at any age but in order to go solo you must be 16. 


Requirements
All pilots are required by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to belong to a delegated organization. As a Microlight pilot you'll need to join RAANZ. Your Instructor will assist with the completion of the Application Form.

The best way to start is with a Trial Flight. You will be in the pilot's seat and have your hands on the controls of the factory manufactured light aircraft. One of our experienced Instructors will accompany you and show you around the aircraft before taking to the skies. The instructor will demonstrate the basic operation of the aircraft and give you the opportunity to do most of the flying.

Novice Pilot Certificate
A Certificate will be sent to you when your completed Application, Fit and Proper Person and signed Medical Certificate forms have been checked and approved. This certificate is required before your first solo flight.
You will require a Pilot Logbook to record all flight times. At this stage, all flights have to be authorized by an Instructor. It is highly recommended that you either download a Microlight Training Manual from the delegate organization's website or purchase the manual from them. After hours theoretical training sessions are available on the regular basis by experienced pilots and instructors in the club rooms.
This Certificate is valid for one year.

Intermediate Pilot Certificate
This certificate can be gained when you have completed a minimum of 25 hours total flight time, have passed the written and passed the multi choice exams, completed your solo flight and have had a flight test with a Senior Instructor.
The privileges of this certificate are solo flights within 10 nautical miles of your take-off point.

Written Exams
The written exams consist of subjects covered in the Flight Training Manual, namely;
  • Aviation Law 
  • Radio (FRTO)
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft Technology
  • Navigation
  • Human Factors
You will only be issued with a Flight Radio Telephone Operators endorsement on your Pilot Certificate, once you have passed a written FRTO exam and your instructor is satisfied with your ability in the use of the radio.

Advanced Local Pilot Certificate
This certificate can be gained when you have completed a minimum 40 hours total flight time, completed a minimum of 4 exercises of 5hrs total, consisting of a 2 hour solo cross country, a 3 leg 1hr flight with high level, low level, mountain, weather diversion legs, passed the written exams and a flight test with a Senior Instructor.
The privileges of this certificate allow you solo flights within 50 nautical miles of your take-off point.
This Certificate is valid for 2 years.

Advanced National Pilot Certificate
This certificate can be gained when you have completed a minimum of 45 hours total flight time, completed the cross country syllabus of a minimum of 4 exercises of 10 hours total, including a 3 leg 3 hour flight with high level, low level, mountain, weather diversion, controlled airspace legs, passed the written exams and a flight test with a Senior Instructor.
The privileges of this certificate allow you solo flight to anywhere in New Zealand from your take-off point.


Passenger Rating
This can be gained as an National pilot and requires 25 hours solo flight time and must be checked out by a Senior Instructor.


TRIAL FLIGHTS & VOUCHERS
Trial Flight Vouchers are GREAT gifts for your family and friends, or for that other person in your life that thinks it has everything already! Vouchers are available at the hangar from one of our instructors.

Interested? Give us a call and book a Trial Flight! To contact us click here.

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