Learning to Fly
Stories of people teaching themselves to fly single seat contraptions and never having any licence are enshrined in aviation folklore from yesteryear. Today, the low-down is that you do need a pilot certificate to operate any aircraft in New Zealand, and you do need flight instruction despite anything you may read on the internet. Fortunately this is a straight forward process and since the kiwi microlight community is blessed with some of the world's most liberal rules, there is simply no excuse for not following them. Here you can read everything you need to know about learning to fly microlight aircraft with Sport Aviation Corp.
Pathway of becoming a microlight pilot in NZ
Our pathway flow chart below shows the steps involved in becoming a qualified microlight pilot in New Zealand under different scenarios depending on whether or not you have previous flying experience. A generic syllabus of flying experience is outlined along with other administrative matters that need tending to along the way with a suggested time frame of when to do each of the steps.
Click the button below for an overview of the qualifications available to New Zealand microlight pilots and the general requirements you need for each of them. The exposition for microlight operations (rule book) in the Pilot's Section is approved by the Civil Aviation Authority and provides more specific details on the training syllabus and requirements for each level of certificate
Affiliated clubs and flying schools
The standards and syllabus requirements to hold a microlight pilot certificate in New Zealand are amongst the most demanding in the world. We support a national network of independent instructors, flying schools and aero clubs who will ensure you receive only the best available training. Use the link below to find a SAC-affiliated training provider near you
Training manual and written examinations
We have prepared an all inclusive training manual which gives you background on each of the flying lessons in the standard syllabus up to Advanced Pilot Certificate Level and a comprehensive theory section which will guide you through everything you need to know to pass your written examinations (and more!). This retails for $60.00 and you can order a copy by contacting us. Alternatively, you can view an older version of our training manual free of charge using the link below along with a series of practice examination questions.