Kaikoura Aero Club

Pilot training since 1983

Flight Training

Air Kaikoura is a small, friendly Aero Club. Our pilots are qualified flight instructors and 

our team is enthusiastic about providing you with an experience of a lifetime.  If you have an interest in learning to fly, come in for a 20 minute Trial Flight.

You'll take the controls and learn the basics of flying, while enjoying stunning views of the spectacular Seaward Kaikoura mountain ranges and Kaikoura coastline from the air.

Kaikoura Aero Club has been providing affordable flight instruction since 1983. 
If you're as nuts about flying as we are, you're welcome to join us.


Flight Training

If you are interested in working towards your Private or Commercial Pilot Licence, we can help.

Kaikoura Aero Club owns and operates from its own building at the Kaikoura Airfield.  Full time Operations Manager Murray Hamilton holds a B-CAT instructor rating and instructor and Line Pilot Austen Lee also holds his C-CAT instructor rating under Supervision, so can instruct when his supervising instructors are on field.  Murray & Austen are supported by Alistair Matthews, A CAT, Club Patron & Flight Examiner and by casual instructional staff Alistair Edwards (B-CAT) & Erin Creasey (C-CAT) on an as-required basis.

  • Small friendly club, all our Pilots are qualified instructors or working to become instructors.

  • Kaikoura has two active runways, one sealed (700m) and one grass (575m) allowing students to become accustomed to both surface types.

  • Two seater and four seater aircraft, high wing and low wing, available to train in.  

  • Mountains in excess of 8000ft are within 15 minutes of flying providing an ideal opportunity for students to experience terrain/mountain flying.

Our training fleet:

ZK-TUG – Aeropro Eurofox – A240

The newest aircraft in the fleet, built 2013 and purchased by us in 2016, TUG has a shiny new feel. Great fun to fly with digital instrumentation and 5 hours fuel endurance. A Light Sport Aircraft, so can be used to gain a PPL, CPL, Instructor rating, and can also be flown on a microlight licence. 

ZK-JCT – Cessna 172 – C172

The Cessna 172  four seat aircraft with a 160 hp engine, cruises at 110 kts and is one of the most popular light aircraft in the world. A great choice if you’re wanting to step up from the two seater aircraft.

ZK-DUQ – Piper Cherokee Archer – PA28 – 180
The Piper Cherokee Archer four seat aircraft with a 180 hp engine, cruises at 120 kts. The original Kaikoura Aero Club machine and still going strong; great for private hire.

Austen Lee

Line Pilot & C-CAT

Murray Hamilton

Ops Manager, B-CAT

Erin Creasey

C-CAT, Casual

Alistair Edwards

B-CAT, Casual

Alistair Matthews

Patron, A-CAT, Examiner

Tobias Joechle-Rings

Line Pilot, C-CAT trainee

Opportunities at Kaikoura Aero Club: 

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