Nelson Aviation College

Nelson Aviation College, Queen Victoria Street, Motueka, New Zealand

6 Aircraft pilot training college and preferred flight training partner of Air New Zealand


Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License, Instrument Rating, Multi Engine, Flight Instructor course

International Students


Aircraft fleet number


Aircraft fleet

2 Cessna 172, 1 Cessna 172RG, 1 Cessna 152, 1 Piper PA20, 1 Piper PA-44

Airline Partnership

Air New Zealand

Financing partner

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Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand

Entry Requirements

High School Diploma

Nelson Aviation College was established in 1978 and is located at Nelson Airport (approximately 6 hours drive from Wellington). Today the Boutique flight training organisation displays consistently high pass rates and has become an Air New Zealand preferred Flight Training Organisation. It offers an Air New Zealand Preferred Pilot Pathway program - the New Zealand Diploma in Aviation, Airline Preparation Strand. Due to its reputation Nelson Aviation College was also selected by the Tertiary Education Commission to offer student loans for flight training.

Nelson Aviation College’s main theory and VFR flight training base are located at Motueka Aerodrome, a short 40-minute drive (or a 15-minute flight) from Nelson Airport. Motueka Aerodrome is located in uncontrolled airspace and therefore has no Air Traffic Control. This means that the students will not experience any delays during the flight training, maximizing every hour in the air. The first year of the Diploma in Aviation is spent at Motueka completing both PPL and CPL licenses. From there the student will progress to IFR training facility at Nelson Airport.

Located in the Nelson Aero Club Hangar at Nelson Airport, is their second base dedicated to IFR training and recreational flying headquarters. Nelson Airport is New Zealand's busiest domestic only airport. Here the students will complete either single or multi-engine instrument rating course in either an analog or technically enhanced (glass cockpit) equipped aircraft. Training is available on NDB, VOR, ILS and GPS Navigational Aids. By operating out of Nelson Airport, students have the ability to easily access the required Navigational Aids and operate amongst scheduled commercial operations. Exposure to airline personnel and other commercial pilots makes Nelson an ideal IFR training location.

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