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    Default Any private pilots on the forum?

    I've got about 20 hours toward my private pilot's license. So if I make it to NZ, I'll be looking for a good flight school.

    Any pilots out there? I'd love to hear about the flying scene in NZ.


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    hi brian!
    i am not a pilot, but there is a flight school right here in paraparaumu/kapiti.

    http://www.associatedaviation.co.nz/home.php

    personally, i think having a plane and a pilot license would be the way to go in NZ. sure would make it easier and quicker to get to the south island instead of taking the ferry. plus i tend to get sea sick...

    cheers!
    laurel

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonS View Post
    hi brian!
    personally, i think having a plane and a pilot license would be the way to go in NZ. sure would make it easier and quicker to get to the south island instead of taking the ferry. plus i tend to get sea sick...
    I can relate. Anything smaller than a large inter-island car ferry and I'm spending the whole trip at the rail. I haven't tried it on a boat yet, but I use this when I fly. It really helps me with the nausea.

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    Hi Brian,

    Ask me in 6 months time and I may be able to help. I plan to bring my plane over from South Africa in January next year. I will then have to convert my licence. I have already found a couple of flight school north of Auckland. Recreational flying seems to be quite popular in NZ from what I've seen.

    Good luck,

    Andrew

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    There are schools out there definately - a friend of my OH who has just come back from NZ said he got his pilots licence there - it was cheaper than UK - and the experience of flying over such a beautiful country is what dreams are made of!! We dont see him very often but i will ask him when i see him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewp View Post
    Ask me in 6 months time and I may be able to help. I plan to bring my plane over from South Africa in January next year. I will then have to convert my licence. I have already found a couple of flight school north of Auckland. Recreational flying seems to be quite popular in NZ from what I've seen.
    Andrew, that's going to be a very long flight! You've got to show us a pic of your plane.

    Yeah, rental rates don't sound too unreasonable in NZ, from what I've seen. But apparently they do have landing fees and probably other fees that we've managed mostly to avoid here in the 'States. Our pilots' associations have been fighting pretty hard to keep it that way.

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    Default Flying in NZ -

    Hi

    I'm an ex UK PPL now living in NZ. I've obtained a NZ licence on the basis of my UL licence and have just completed the NZ Commercial Pilot Licence. Ask me anything you like about flying in NZ!

    Good starting points are:
    http://www.caa.govt.nz/ (the Civil Aviation Authority)
    http://www.aviation.co.nz/ ( the company that runs all the ground exams and flight tests on behalf of the CAA)
    http://www.flyingnz.co.nz/ ( a list of many flying club sites)

    Probably the centre of General Aviation flying in NZ is Ardmore Airport just south east of Auckland. There are several large flying training organisations there.

    NZ is a wonderful country to see from the air. There are numerous flying clubs - genuine clubs owned by the members - and everyone is helpful and friendly. The terrain can appear hostile though!

    Flight training is very similar to UK. If you've done hours in UK, that will normally count in NZ.

    There is a new recreational licence that is more than a mircro light lecence but less thanthe usual Group 'A' licence. I think there are slightly less hours training required and the medical standard is a little lower.

    I miss flying in UK and europe. Trips to Le Touquet, St Marys (Isles of Scily), Isle of Wight, Popham, WhiteWaltham - some very expensive coffee trips!!

    Bumpf

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumpffslam View Post
    Flight training is very similar to UK. If you've done hours in UK, that will normally count in NZ.
    I think the same goes for the U.S. as well, which is good, since I don't think I'll be able to get my license before we emigrate (being optimistic about that).

    So do you find flying in NZ to be more affordable than in the UK? I've heard that Australia has nearly strangled the general aviation community there with all kinds of fees, so I was hoping the situation in NZ wouldn't be quite so grim. Of course, we're pretty spoiled here in the 'States. We pay for the government's services mostly through Avgas taxes.

    I'll be back with more questions once I have a better idea where exactly we're going to live. Thanks for the pointers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by buraian-kun View Post
    Andrew, that's going to be a very long flight! You've got to show us a pic of your plane.
    Hi Brain... re-reading what I wrote, I should have been a bit more clear. My plane is being crated and packed in to our 40' container along with our household. I did look at flying it over but at 80MPH cruise and a range of about 5 hours, although not impossible, a bit beyond how much I love flying. Here's a pic so you can see what I'm talking about...


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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewp View Post
    Hi Brain... re-reading what I wrote, I should have been a bit more clear. My plane is being crated and packed in to our 40' container along with our household.
    Haha. I had a feeling you'd do it that way. But I've heard about people doing trips like that in small planes (maybe not as small as yours!) So I wouldn't have been surprised by that either, even though I think it's a bit crazy.

    Here's a pic so you can see what I'm talking about...
    Don't think I've seen one of those before. She looks like she has pretty good STOL performance.

    Hope to be sharing the sky with you soon. ...My bird will probably be a rental, but I'll recognize yours!

    Cheers,
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