The college, in association with Wanaka Helicopters and LearnToFlyNZ, is pleased to offer an aviation course to senior students. Students have the opportunity to attain a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) in either fixed wing (aeroplane) or rotary wing (helicopter) at the same time as they are studying for their national academic qualifications.
Fixed wing training
This course, offered in conjunction with Wānaka Flight Training Ltd, is aimed at Year 12 or 13 students who wish to gain their private pilot’s licence. Aviation may count as one course on the student’s timetable for the year. The pre-requisite for the course is a Merit endorsement at Level One for Year 12 students and a Merit endorsement at Level Two for Year 13 students. Entry to the course is at the discretion of Ms Heather Watt. Credits gained count towards NCEA.
There are a limited number of places on the course each year and students must apply using the Aviation Course Enrolment Form. The cost for the full course including 50 flying hours is around $17, 000 plus $200 if transport is required (however these costs are only approximate at this stage).
More information about the private pilot’s licence (fixed wing) can be found on www.learntoflynz.com.
Helicopter flight training
There are a limited number of places on the course each year and students must apply using the Aviation Course Enrolment Form, available from the school office. The cost for the full course including 50 flying hours is around $34,200.
More information about the helicopter pilot’s licence can be found on www.wanakahelicopters.co.nz.