Advanced Training


Mountain Training

Advanced training amongst Southern Alps, Mount Aspiring and Mount Cook. 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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This is recognised by the CAA as an official approved course and is 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.

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 CAA of NZ to conduct numerous training courses and assessments.
Instructor renewals and additional privileges can be completed with Wanaka Helicopters by arrangement.



Flight Crew Competency Checks (FCCC)
At Wanaka helicopters we have two flight examiners who are able to complete operational competency checks 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 a biennial requirement which can be combined with a BFR.

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