Diploma in Aviation (ATPL or Flight Instruction)


New Zealand: Auckland


The Diploma of Aviation (ATPL or Flight Instruction) takes students from zero flight experience to commercial pilots ready for employment in Aviation. Pilot training in New Zealand is sort after because of the various weather conditions and terrain students can encounter.

During the diploma, students will gain their Private Pilot Licence (NZPPL), Commercial Pilot Licence (NZCPL), Instrument Rating on single or multi engines (NZSEIR or NZMEIR). Then depending on which stream students want to undertake, they can complete their frozen NZATPL which is highly sort after by airlines or obtain their C-Cat Instructor Rating which enables them to build their hours quickly which teaching the next generation of pilots.

Training is completed in a Cessna 172 for PPL and CPL and then students move into a Beechcraft Duchess 76e for MEIR. We have a fleet of 20 aircraft and 30 instructors. The course goes for 15 - 18 months dependent on the weather, the students ability, and how often the student flies. Ardmore Flying School will arrange accommodation for international students during their training and help them integrate into the local culture and environment.

For an international information pack, visit our website and complete your details so we can help you start on your aviation adventure!


Highlights of completing a Diploma of Aviation (ATPL or Flight Instruction):
* The experience of your first solo!
* Your first landing
* Your first adventure in the training area
* Mountain Flying on our Annual South Island Trip
* Building lifetime friendships with other students and instructors
* Seeing New Zealand from a different perspective


Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter, Throughout the year


4 intakes a year, refer to our website

Degree Level

Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

Minimum Education

High School

Subject Areas

  • Aviation/aerospace

Cost in US$:

Approximately 65,000

Program Fees Include:

- Course and course materials
- Examinations and Flight Tests
- Flying Time: Dual and Solo in the Cessna 172 and Duchess Beechcraft 76e
- Landing and Airway Fees
- International Student Fee

* Does not include:
- Accommodation
- Food
- Medical/Travel insurance
- NZCAA Medical Tests

Experience Required


This Program is open to

American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African and Worldwide Participants.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Apartment/Flat
  • Group living
  • Guest House
  • Home-stays
  • Independent living
  • Other

Participants Travel


Application Process Involves

  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Written Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

1 week