Advanced Training


Mountain Training

Advanced training amongst the Southern Alps, Mount Aspiring and Mount Cook National Parks. Wanaka Helicopters are the NZ specialists in mountain flying training. Our instructors operate flight training and commercial operations in the mountains on a daily basis.

Both our PPL(H) and CPL(H) programmes include mountain flying components but we also offer our certified advanced flying instruction which provides trained pilots with the skills and knowledge to conduct flight operations in extreme mountain conditions. This is a non-compulsory course that can be taken at the end of a student’s CPL or is available to existing CPL’s looking for more experience.

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The Advanced Mountain Flying course is a NZCAA approved course and can be undertaken in addition to the mountain training received within the Private and Commercial licence.

This course is designed to teach advanced aspects of mountain flying, including but not limited to procedures, assessments and illusions associated with snow, high altitudes, mountain wind conditions, limited power and low level operations in variable horizon environments and conditions.

The full course is 10 hours of flying and associated theory but mountain hour building can be reduced or increased to suit individual requirements.


Instructor Rating/Renewals

Wanaka Helicopters is holder of an Air Operator Certificate (under CAA Rule Parts 119 and 135) and is an authorised aviation training organisation (under CAA Rule Part 141).

Under our Aviation Training Certificate, Wanaka Helicopters is authorised by the NZCAA  to conduct numerous training courses and assessments, which include Instructor ratings, Instructor renewals and additional privileges.



Flight Crew Competency Checks (FCCC)

At Wanaka helicopters we have two flight examiners who are able to complete Operational Competency Checks for pilots flying for aviation organisations who hold a Part 135 Air Operator Certificate.

Biennial Flight Review (BFR) and Robinson Safety Awareness Training (RSAT)

As a PPL(H) holder a BFR is required to keep your license current. Our experienced instructors will facilitate this process through consolidating your flying skills and also introducing new ideas/techniques. If you fly Robinson R22 helicopters then RSAT is also a biennial requirement and can be combined with a BFR.


Operational Colour Vision Assessment (OCVA)

Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD) is a condition that results in individuals being unable to distinguish differences between certain colours. In the past, individuals that couldn’t pass the initial colour tests performed by a Doctor, were then not eligible to hold an aviation license.  It has now been accepted that failure to pass those tests, may not necessarily mean that a pilot could not distinguish correctly those colours used in an aviation environment.

The CAA approach to assessing CVD pilots is one that constitutes both medical assessment and practical competency assessment in a 3-stage process. At Wanaka Helicopters we offer Stage 3 – operational colour vision assessments. For more comprehensive information download the document below or get in touch with us.

Take your flying to the next level, train with our highly regarded instructors in one of the most unique and spectacular parts of New Zealand!