Advanced helicopter flight training
We specialise in advanced helicopter flight training and continued training. We have developed NZ’s top Advanced Helicopter Mountain Flying Course and offer highly sought after specialist practical experience. Take a look below at our continued training options and get in touch with our instructor team with any questions that you may have.
Advanced helicopter flight 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.
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.
For night operations within 25nm of a lighted heliport or aerodrome these requirements apply: – PPL(H) Two hours simulated instrument followed by 5 hours night training – CPL(H) Two hours of simulated instrument followed by 10 hours of night training.
NZ fixed wing to rotary wing PPL(A) and CPL(A)
Australian professional pilots – CPL(H) licence conversion through the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (TTMRA)
Other overseas pilot licences and ratings (including Australian PPL(H))
Type Ratings are possible in the above aircraft at short notice and by arrangement in the following: Eurocopter EC130 B4, Eurocopter EC120, BO 105, Bell 206 Jet Ranger, Bell 206 Long Ranger, Bell 47, MD520N, H296 (Hughes 300) and Robinson R66
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 training privileges.
Courses are run by arrangement on an individual basis. More information on the requirements for Flight Instructor ratings can be found on the CAA website.
Flight crew competency checks (fccc)
Biennial Flight Review (BFR) and Robinson Safety Awareness Training (RSAT)
As a PPL(H) holder a BFR is required to keep your licence 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.