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DIPLOMA IN AVIATION

TRAIN FOR YOUR AVIATION FUTURE AT NZ’S MOST EXPERIENCED HELICOPTER FLIGHT SCHOOL.

Train for your aviation future amongst Wanaka’s stunning mountain landscape. Study core flight theory, plus essential aviation subjects for commercial operators. Acquire superior flight skills by training in a mountainous environment with our highly experienced flight instructors during the two year full time qualification. All courses are taught at Wanaka Airport where trainees actively participate as support in daily commercial operation as part of their training.

Wanaka Helicopters’ Diploma includes everything you require for a commercial license, plus extra flight opportunities, ratings, and invaluable ground operations experience.

Wanaka Helicopters is the largest and most experienced rotary flight training school in New Zealand and we are committed to producing exceptional pilots who have the potential to be very successful in their chosen aviation career.

DIPLOMA OF AVIATION (ROTARY) COURSE INFORMATION

OVERVIEW

The New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (NZDipGA) has been developed by the New Zealand aviation industry for both fixed and rotary wing pilots. It is a nationally recognised qualification administered by NZ Government under NZQA and Service IQ.

Only four helicopter flight schools in NZ are approved to conduct the Diploma in Aviation which allow them to offer student loans for flight training. 
Wanaka Helicopters is the largest and most experienced of all those schools and we are committed to producing exceptional pilots who have the potential to be very successful in their chosen aviation careers.

The Diploma results in candidates graduating with a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Commercial Pilot Licence, Helicopter (CPLH) and a Diploma in Aviation. The Diploma comprises of more than 25 unit standard courses and modules combined into a two-year qualification. These courses encompass topics and aspects of aviation over and above those required for a basic commercial pilot licence.

The Diploma is structured to start a professional pilot on a career path. Graduates will attain considerable extra operational and theoretical knowledge and practical skills that put them at an advantage when seeking employment as commercial pilots.

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AIM

The purpose of the Diploma qualification it to provide the General Aviation sector of the New Zealand Aviation Industry with graduates who have attained above average operational and theoretical knowledge and practical skills to operate as commercial pilots and associated support staff in all aspects of aircraft operations.

After successfully completing the course, a graduate will be a fully qualified commercial helicopter pilot, with type ratings for various single engined helicopters, be able to exercise the privileges provided for by CAANZ in New Zealand including, but not limited to, commercial flying operations, ground based operations, flight planning and assisting operators with their safety management systems (SMS).

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TRAINING MODULES

Core Theory
Principles of Flight
Flight Navigation
Air Law
Meteorology
Human Factors
Dangerous Goods
Basic Gas Turbine
General Aircraft Technology

Electives
Quality Management
Decision Making
Regulatory and Aviation Safety
GPS for VFR Flight
Human Factors and Safety Culture
Risk Management
Operation Requirements / Robinson Safety Awareness Training

Flight Training 
Mountain Flying
Winter Flying
Cross-Country Navigation
Single-engine Type Rating
Night Flying
CPL Preparation
CPL Flying Skills
External Load Operations
Frost Protection Operations
Advanced Long-line Sling Loads
Trolley/Platform Take-offs and Landings

*All additional to basic flight training

STUDENT FUNDING

The NZ Government provides a range of funding options for students enrolled in a Diploma in Aviation. These include Student loan funding, up to a total of $70,000 over two years, NZ Māori Scholarship (up to $10,000) and FeesFree funding (up to $12,0000) for eligible students which makes the Diploma a popular avenue for career-oriented pilots. 

At Wanaka Helicopters we also offer two of our own scholarships for students. For more information about FeesFree go to www.feesfree.govt.nz and enter your National Student Number (NSN) to see if you are eligible.

A self funding component portion is required to be funded by the student for the initial Private Pilot License. In addition, the NZ Govt will also provide full time students with living expense allowances whilst studying for the Diploma. The amount provided will vary depending on individual personal circumstances.

These funding options make the Diploma in Aviation a very attractive option to kick start an aviation career. 

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YOU’RE ONE OF A KIND AND SO ARE WE SO WHY GO ANYWHERE ELSE? CONTACT US NOW TO START YOUR AVIATION CAREER.

OUR GRADUATE PROFILES

We work hard to provide superior flight instruction and mentorship to produce pilots who are skilled, mature and well equipped to start their aviation career dreams. You can view and read some of our graduate profiles on the links below.

get the answers to our most commonly asked questions about our diploma in aviation.