Private Pilots Licence


A private licence allows you to fly anywhere in New Zealand with friends and family. A new Zealand PPL also allows you to fly overseas, with each country having its own requirements to use your licence.

Course Requirements

To obtain a PPL you must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age

  • Hold a current Class 2 Medical Certificate

  • Pass six PPL theory exams:

    • Flight Radiotelephony

    • Aviation Law

    • Air Navigation and Flight Planning

    • Meteorology

    • Aircraft Technical Knowledge

    • Human Factors

  • Complete a minimum of 50 hours of flying time made up of:

    • 15 hours dual instruction

    • 15 hours solo flight time

    • Advanced dual instruction

    • 5 hours instrument time

    • 10 hours cross-country navigation flying

  • Complete a PPL flight test which consists of normal and emergency in-flight manoeuvres being demonstrated to a testing officer.

More information can be found on the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, CAA NZ, website, including their 'How to' series, which includes 'How to Be a Pilot'.   Printed booklet copies can be picked up from the Kaikoura Aero Club.