Flight Training in Wanaka
Learn to fly with the best
U-Fly Wanaka is an NZCAA approved commercial operator with expert instructors that offer personalised, flexible training packages to guide you through every step of the learning journey to obtain your private pilot license (PPL) or commercial pilot license (CPL) in the time frame you choose.
Flight training - what is involved
Learning to fly in Wanaka, one of the most stunning mountain regions of New Zealand, is a dream come true for many trainee pilots. U-FLY’s flight training delivers expert instruction to guide you through your private pilot license (PPL) or commercial pilot license (CPL) training. CPL is an extension of PPL but every pilot must get his or her PPL before being able to continue training to get a CPL.
All of our flight training courses include classroom-based theory lessons combined with flying lessons that incorporate elements of instruction, demonstration and practice. All of our courses strictly follow the NZCAA syllabus and this maximises the efficiency of the learning process.
Full time or flexible flight training courses - tailored to your requirements
Unlike many other flying schools, U-FLY offers both a full time and a flexible approach to flight training. We understand that learning to fly requires a significant commitment of time and investment, and we believe it is important that you enjoy the learning journey in your preferred timeframe.
If you want to advance as quickly as possible we can accommodate that via our full-time training course which will get you through the syllabus fast and efficiently. If you decide to take more time, talk to one of our friendly instructors about a personalised training plan that is tailored to your requirements.
As well as being in control of the timing and frequency of your lessons you will also have the opportunity to choose flight routes and explore new places. We don’t limit our students to a rigid, pre-set schedule of routes or routines. U-FLY allows you to choose how you learn to fly to make sure you get the most out of your learning journey.
U-FLY gives you control to determine how you plan your flight training, ensuring you have fun and enjoy the experience. Learning to fly is a dream come true for most people and although flying a plane is a serious business, that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun whilst you are learning.
Why learn to fly with U-FLY?
Our instructors are friendly, experienced and professional. They are also hugely passionate about helping people achieve their flying dreams. We believe that learning to fly should be as exciting and enjoyable as it sounds. Our instructors have thousands of hours of flying experience and we are a NZCAA approved commercial operator with 100% safety record – with U-FLY you can be confident that you are learning to fly with the best.
We understand that flexibility is an important factor when considering flying schools, and we provide a flexible approach to all aspects of our training. You are in control of how long your flight training takes, how often you have lessons and where you fly – you will even get the chance to explore new places you desired during flying lessons.
We want to inspire Aspiring aviators to achieve their flying dreams and we are excited to be able to do this in one of the most stunning mountain regions in New Zealand.
Get in touch to find out more about how we can help you to achieve your flying dream.
Private Pilot License
We offer full PPL (Private Pilot License) Training here at U-Fly Wanaka. If you have always wanted to learn to fly, now is your chance! We recommend doing one of our Trial Flights first – this does count towards your final hours! Whatever your flight goals, we can help you achieve your dreams of flying here at U-Fly Wanaka.
Commercial Pilot License
If you want to take your private pilot license (ppl) to the next level and pursue a career as a commercial pilot, u-fly offers the comprehensive cpl training required to get you qualified to work as a pilot and fly commercially in new zealand and around the world. our flight instructors will guide you through all stages of the cpl theoretical and practical trainng. Your ppl hours will count towards the 200 hours of flying experience that are required for cpl.
Flight Instructor Rating
Becoming a flight instructor – U-FLY instructors are qualified to offer advanced training to become a commercial pilot instructor. The flight instructor privilege allows you to bridge the experience gap between being a newly graduated pilot to airline entry requirements. contact us to find out more.
The U-Fly Wanaka Starter Pack is for those who want to start their flight training journey one step at a time. This could be due to many reasons including timing, cost, not 100% sure they want to be a pilot yet – many reasons! But it is a great way to start to learn to fly. We recommend doing a Trial Flight first. All flight hours are logged and will count toward complete your PPL when you are ready.
The Basic Control Package includes 6 lessons including theory. You will learn pre-flight checks, take off, basic flying skills, and landing. Your flight instructor will guide you through all basic elements of flying a plane including some weather and terrain variants. This package is for those who are taking a bit more time to complete their PPL for whatever reason. All hours count towards your PPL.
Solo Prep Pack
The 10-Hour Solo Preparation Package will get you to the point of being ready to fly solo. This package includes everything in the Starter Pack and Basic Control Pack and then extends your training and experience to prepare you for your first solo flight. All theory required to reach a solo flight is included and you will be adept at pre-flight checks, weather appreciation, radio calls, and navigation.
Flying lessons are structured so that you get the maximum benefit from your lesson.
A typical lesson will include your instructor guiding you through the following:
· A pre-flight briefing
· The objectives of the lesson – what you will learn
· Principle of flight – this includes some theory
· Aircraft management – what you will focus on regarding aircraft control
· Human factors – physical factors that need to be considered
· Sequence of the lesson – what we be covering in this lesson
· Demonstration: Once you are flying your instructor will demonstrate an activity based on the skills you’ll be focusing on during that lesson.
· Exercises: You will then perform the activity via a series of exercises where your instructor can guide, assist and correct you until you a confident you have mastered the activity.
· De-brief – your instructor will go through a post-flight analysis of your performance and areas to focus on and improve for future.
· Flight training records are kept so that hours and competency is recorded . All flight training records are kept and can be provided to other flying training organisations if required.
Start your learning to fly journey any time
You can start flight training with us at any time. There is age limit for learning to fly but to fly solo, a student must be 16 years of age. Flight tests can be taken at 16 but a PPL license cannot be issued until the student is 17. To obtain a CPL, students must be 18 years of age.
Private Pilot License (PPL) requirements
As per the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand, PPL training requires flight trainees to:
- Pass a medical assessment to obtain a CAA class 2 medical certificate
- Complete a minimum of 50 flying hours before taking and passing the flight test
- Pass 6 written examinations
- Be 16 years of age to fly solo. (Students can begin learning to fly at any age but to fly solo you must be 16. A PPL license will not be issued until 17 years of age.
Private Pilot License examinations
The written examinations are focused on the following areas. Your instructor will guide you through all the practical and theoretical training required:
- Air navigation and flight planning – calculating flight times and distances, compass headings and fuel
- Aircraft technical knowledge – e.g. aircraft instruments, systems, engines, aerodynamics and loading
- Weather conditions – learning about New Zealand’s weather patterns, cloud formations and how weather affects aircraft performance.
- Flight radio – communicating with air traffic controllers via radio in controlled and uncontrolled airspace and operating aircraft emergency locator beacon and transponder
- Human factors – including aviation medicine and health, decision-making and managing stress
- Law – learning the Civil Aviation rules that apply to all pilots and everyone in aviation
Our expert instructors can guide you through every step of the learning process for both PPL and CPL training. CPL is an extension of PPL but every pilot must get his or her private pilot license before being able to continue training to become a commercial pilot.
Flight training theory
Theory lessons are classroom-based and our instructors will guide you through all of the theory you need to learn.
Our approach to learning theory is flexible. If you want to learn all the theory up front, we can plan intensive theory lessons for you via our Ground . If you’d rather learn the theory as you go, we can integrate theoretical training with flying lessons. The choice is yours and it will depend on how quickly you want to progress and your own preferred learning style.
Theory exam and flight test
For both PPL and CPL flight training there is a clear syllabus and text book that includes all the theory that trainee pilots must learn – and it is their responsibility to do so.
A theory exam is part of the PPL or CPL assessment and is run by ASPEQ, a CAA delegated testing organisation. Students must pass the theory exam before they can proceed to the flight test.
The flight test will assess all aspects of the student’s flying skills. There is also an oral test on the day of the flight test where the examiner will ask theoretical and practical questions.
Flight training tailored to your requirements
We understand that flexibility is an important factor when considering flying schools, and we provide a flexible approach to all aspects of our training. You are in control of how long your flying training takes, how often you have lessons and where you fly – you’ll even get the chance to explore new places during your flying lessons.
We want to inspire aspiring aviators to achieve their flying dreams and we are excited to be able to do this in one of the most stunning mountain regions in New Zealand.
We want our students feel excited and inspired when they wake up in morning, knowing they’re going to take to the skies and learn with the best.
Get in touch to find out more about how we can help you to achieve your flying dream.
We train under CAA part 61. This means that we can tailor the curriculum to each student. Under part 141, flight schools are often limited to a specific program that they cannot deviate from. The advantage to this is that they can theoretically complete training in less time. Of course if you get stuck, you could spend many hours in the cockpit working on the same thing over and over until you get it. This can be very frustrating. Under part 61, we can move past training before you get frustrated and revisit it later.