Becoming a microlight pilot in NZ
Whether you are already a pilot, have been in New Zealand, or overseas we think you'll find the process unbelievabley easy and you can do nearly all of it online! Depending on your background the process varies slightly but ultimately the paperwork is as involved as filling out our online form and scanning through your medical and licence and finalising payment of your first year's annual certificate fee. If you are embarking on your flying career to become a pilot please refer to the Learning to Fly section
Already a qualified pilot?
If you already have a microlight pilot certificate from another organisation you can transfer across to Sport Aviation Corp online. Just complete our eReturn and submit this with a copy of your medical, current pilot certificate, and copy of your last BFR (or logbook sticker). If hold a CAA-issued recreational, private, commerical or airline pilot licence then the above procedure applies to you - additionally you need to complete a type rating in a microlight aircraft through one of our affiliated microlight training providers
Previous flying experience
If you previously held a pilot qualification in NZ for either microlights for general aviation aircraft you will just need some dual instruction to get you up to speed (the exact amount will vary depending on how long you have been out of action and is on a 'as required basis) and a flight test with one of out instructors. If more than 5 years have passed since your last BFR (i.e. your licence has been expired for more than 3 years) you will need to sit and pass our aviation law examination too. If you never held a licence but logged some flight time, we will credit this towards the hours you need for our pilot certificates
Flying Microlights in New Zealand: Overseas Pilots
Visitors to New Zealand can fly using their exisitng qualification from their home country provided it's aviation authority is an ICAO member state. You will need to will need to comply with both NZ requirements and the requirements of your own licence - so the most restrictive rules apply. To validate your foreign licence in NZ you just need to complete an eReturn and submit a copy of your medical certificate, licence and copy of your most recent flight test: we recommend you do this a few weeks before you come to NZ. When you arrive in NZ you will just need to complete a type rating or flight check with one of our affiliated providers then you are on your way. We can email your temporary NZ pilot certificate to your home country, or to a nominated NZ address for collection ahead of your visit so there is no delay once you arrive in NZ.
Converting Overseas Qualifications to NZ Microlight Pilot Certificates
If you are coming to NZ to live or for a longer term stay you will need to convert your foriegn licence to a NZ microlight pilot certificate. You can commence this process by submitting an eReturnand providing copies of your existing pilot medical and overseas qualification. Note that if you wish to fly general aviation aircraft you will need to do a seperate application through the Civil Aviation Authority to fly these aircraft additional to your microlight certificate with us. You will be issued with an equivalent NZ qualification to your current certifcate provided you meet the experience requirements for this. You will need to sit a NZ aviation law examination and pass a biennial flight review test with one of our affiliated training providers.