Southern Wings Flight School

Southern Wings - Ardmore Flying School, Harvard Lane, Papakura, New Zealand

Flight school with bases in Invercargill and Auckland which is a preferred pilot school by Air New Zealand


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

International Students


Aircraft fleet number


Aircraft fleet

Piper PA28 Cherokee, Piper PA34 Seneca, Boeing A160 Helicopter


iGate5623 (PA34) and Redbird FMX1000 (Cessna 172 and Beech Baron)

Airline Partnership

Air New Zealand


Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand

Entry Requirements

High School Diploma

Southern Wings Flight School, established in 1935, offers professional pilot training for a wide range of students. From pilots preparing for an airline career, mountain flying and instructor ratings through to private or commercial pilot licensing, Southern Wings Flight School is known for its ability to deliver superior quality pilots who are well equipped to deal with the changing demands of the aviation industry. Committed to excellence the Southern Wings Flight School is fully equipped with a well maintained fleet of fixed wing aircraft suitable for all training purposes. Simulators are also available in both the Invercargill and Auckland bases along with comfortable teaching facilities.

Selected by the Air New Zealand Aviation Institute to be one of only five flight training organisations (FTO’s) in New Zealand to develop career training options for aspiring airline pilots, Southern Wing’s commercial flight training programmes have been specifically designed to meet industry requirements for commercial airline pilots.

Southern Wings Flight School main base is located in Southland, the southernmost region of New Zealand. The main centre of Southland is Invercargill, an attractive, heritage-rich city with a population of around 51,000. The Southland landscape is blessed with stunning scenery. In flying terms, this translates to a huge variety of terrain – everything from gently rolling pasture and hill country to rugged coastline, alpine lakes and snow-capped mountains. Two significant national parks are within easy range – Fiordland and Stewart Island. Southland’s daylight hours are another blessing for aviators. In summer, daylight begins as early as 5am while the evening twilight extends as late as 10.30pm. Stewart Island’s Maori name is Rakiura, which means ‘Heavenly Glow’ – a reference to the fabulous sunsets you’ll see in Southland.

From July 2014, Southern Wings started operating a base out of the Ardmore Airfield near Papakura, Auckland.

The following courses are currently being offered by Southern Wings Flight School:

  • Diploma in Aviation - Airline Preparation
  • Diploma in Aviation - Flight Instruction
  • Diploma in Aviation - General Aviation
  • Private Pilot License
  • Commercial Pilot License
  • Instrument Rating
  • Instructor Rating

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