Massey University School of Aviation

Massey University School of Aviation, Airport Drive, Palmerston North, New Zealand

14 Aircraft Pilot Training department of Massey University which has a partnership with Air New Zealand


Commercial Pilot License, Instrument Rating, Multi Engine

International Students


Aircraft fleet number


Aircraft fleet

12 Diamond DA20, 2 Diamond DA42

Airline Partnership

Air New Zealand

Financing partner

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Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand

Entry Requirements

High School Diploma

Massey University School of Aviation is an educational institute offering both a professional degree for aspiring pilots incorporating flight training (fixed wing only) with academic studies and academic degrees for aviation managers. The Massey University School of Aviation is an Air New Zealand Aviation Institute FTO partner.

The first cohort of trainee pilots - ("Massey 1")- began in 1987 and the Massey University School of Aviation was established in 1990 to meet the demand for well-educated people with initiative, drive, and a wider perspective of the industry. Massey University's Bachelor of Aviation is the first non-engineering degree to be recognized by the Royal Aeronautical Society (1998). The Massey University School of Aviation was the first New Zealand training organization to meet all of the requirements for Civil Aviation Authority Rule Part 141 certification. It has ISO 9001-2008 certification and enjoys the unique distinction of holding an Equivalence Approval from the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority, under which the students’ University examination results are accepted in lieu of CAA examinations, and Flight Examiners from the School are approved for conducting flight tests for issue of licenses.

The Massey University School of Aviation also offers Bachelor of Aviation Management, Master of Aviation, and Doctoral programs in Aviation. Most of these programs are available to international students through distance learning, and a number of industry professionals are currently enrolled.

The Massey University School of Aviation is based at two locations: the Milson Flight Systems Centre at Palmerston North Airport, and the Massey University Manawatu campus in Palmerston North. The Milson Flight Systems Centre (MFSC) is the main base for the Bachelor of Aviation program and houses the latest Diamond Aircraft fleet and flight simulators, flight instruction staff (24 full time Flight Instructors) and some academic staff, as well as the school's maintenance facility. Massey University school of aviation has a fleet of 12 DA40 and 2 DA42 aircraft.

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