Becoming a Pilot

For students new to the industry

Air New Zealand does not currently provide pilot training to aspiring pilots. Instead the Air New Zealand Academy of Learning has selected four flight training organisations (FTO's) across New Zealand to become preferred providers in career training for aspiring pilots. The Academy of Learning works with its preferred FTOs to ensure a future supply of airline pilots is available for the New Zealand aviation industry - including Air New Zealand. The preferred FTOs have been appointed following a rigorous selection process to validate their training programmes and quality systems, and to confirm their ability to deliver airline-styled selection criteria and training standards.

Please contact the FTO's directly for further information.

Airline Integration Course
(Domestic + International Students)

The Air New Zealand Airline Integration Course (AIC) provides Commercial Pilot Licence holders with a detailed introduction to the many demands of a multi-crew cockpit and the systems and operation of modern turbo-prop and jet aircraft. It is currently offered in Auckland New Zealand and delivered by the Nelson Aviation College.

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Bachelor of Aviation - Air Transport Pilot
(Domestic + International Students)

The Bachelor of Aviation (Airline Transport Pilot) degree is well established, having been first offered in 1993. It is offered by the Massey University School of Aviation in Palmerston North, an Aviation Institute preferred FTO. The three-year integrated programme comprises academic study as well as practical flight training.

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New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (Aeroplane) - Airline Preparation - Level 6
(Domestic + International Students)

The New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (Airline Preparation) was designed in consultation with industry to ensure it equips new pilots with the skills and knowledge required on an airline flight deck. It is offered by the Aviation Institute's preferred flight training organisations, IAANZ, NAC, and Southern Wings

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Training Schools

Located at Christchurch International Airport in a stand-out, modern complex is the International Aviation Academy of New Zealand (IAANZ), the home to around 100 commercial pilot and flight instructor trainees per year.

With a fleet of 28 aircraft and one the most experienced instructing teams in Australasia, the IAANZ has long been the ‘trainer of choice’ for those pilots heading towards an airline career.
Massey University 
Palmerston North
The School of Aviation was established in 1987 to meet airline needs for graduates with a wide industry perspective.
Programmes include the Bachelor of Aviation degree - focusing on the professional development of the student pilots- and academic programmes in aviation management to doctoral level.

The School operates two aircraft types; a fleet of 12 Diamond DA-40 single engine trainers, and 2 Diamond DA-42 Twin Engine Trainers.

Massey’s philosophy is that a pilot, educated to the highest university academic standards, and trained in accordance with industry best practices, is an ‘aviator with a difference’, and an asset to any airline.
Nelson Aviation College
Nelson and Motueka 
Nelson Aviation College has been training pilots for the aviation industry since 1978. Consistently high pass rates for first time sittings and a maximum instructor to student ratio of 1:4 ensures safe, quality instruction throughout each phase of your training.

Our instructors are experienced, dedicated and friendly. We know all of our students on a first name basis so you will never feel like "just a number".

Nelson Aviation College delivers the Air New Zealand Airline Integration Course (AIC) at Auckland Airport, New Zealand
Southern Wings
Ardmore and Invercargill  
Southern Wings flight school offers professional pilot training for a wide range of students. From pilots preparing for an airline career, mountain flying and instructor ratings through to private or commercial pilot licensing, Southern Wings is known for its ability to deliver superior quality pilots who are well equipped to deal with the changing demands of the aviation industry.
Committed to excellence the Southern Wings aviation training school is fully equipped with a well maintained fleet of fixed wing aircraft suitable for all training purposes. Simulators are also available in both the Invercargill and Auckland bases along with comfortable teaching facilities.