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From mid 2011 the PPL and CPL sylabii requires trainees to undergo Terrain and Weather Awareness (PPL - 5 hours) and Mountain Flying Training (CPL - 10 hours). We offer a ground course and flight training to cover the syllabus requirements, and as an asset to any pilot's experience and skill levels.

Bill completed Mountain Flying training as part of his PPL training with the Canterbury Aero Club in the late 70’s, and in recent years had added to this knowledge by regularly flying the Boeing 737 to Queenstown. Bill is qualified to train Mountain Flying to PPL and CPL level.

During our South Island trip for Warbirds over Wanaka 2010, Bill and Neroli practised the Mountain flying skills required as much as possible, and Bill also flew with Peter Hendriks of Wanaka Flight Training to gain extra knowledge and skills. 

We have an area east of Lake Waikare in the North Waikato and another area south west of Mt Pirongia to give students the basic skills necessary for flying over mountainous terrain, which pilots are encouraged to expand upon by travelling to the South Island, and flying with experts such as Peter.

Contact us for further details, or see the syllabus content below.


The syllabus generally follows the CAA requirement, with some extras that we feel necessary to cover for practical reasons.  We offer a ground course of approximately 2 hours, which makes the 5 hour flying training flow more logically. DVDs are also presented to the students to keep for home study covering Mountain Flying and Mountain Survival.


Topics covered on the ground course include:

1- Why?

2- References - GAP, Mountain Flying, Winter Flying, QN, MC, MF,

3- Legal, PPL and CPL requirements.

4- Mountain Flying Slide Show

5- Scale Effect

6- The Horizon

7- Wind awareness

8- Situational Awareness

9- Contour Flying

10- Valley Turns

11- Saddle Crossing

12- Route Finding

13- Difficult Conditions

14- Cautions & Emergencies

15- Survival Kits

16- Use of Survival Equipment

17- Pre-flight Preparation, Flight Following, ELT

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