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The Recreational Aircraft Association of New Zealand  (RAANZ) is the part 149 organisation to which we are affiliated.

RAANZ issue pilot certificates on a graded system for different classes of aircraft.  We only offer training for Class B - 3 axis control aircraft.

The "Novice Certificate" is required before lessons start in earnest.

The Intermediate certificate requires a minimum of 25 hours flight training and passing 6 online exams.  This allows the holder to fly within 10 nautical miles of the aerodrome unsupervised.  However to fly our aircraft unsupervised an Advanced Local Certificate or above is required.

The holder of an Advance Local Certificate, requiring a minimum of 40 hours flying, may fly without instructor authorisation.  However there is a geographical limit of 50 nautical miles - about 100Km from the aerodrome of departure.  To get this restriction removed extra navigation training is required and a minimum of 45 hours total flying time resulting in the issue of an Advanced National Certificate.

Passengers may only be carried by holders of Advanced certificates with a passenger rating.  To get a passenger rating a pilot must have a minimum of 35 hours pilot in command.  Some of this will have been obtained during training.

All training, testing and exams are conducted "in house" under the supervision of John, the Chief Flying Instructor.

Once qualified the club microlight and John's LSA are available to fly at the current rates.

Full details about becoming a microlight pilot together with on - line training material is available on the RAANZ website www.raanz.org.nz/

How Much?

For an Advanced Local Certificate assuming self study for the exams the "ball park" cost  in NZ$ might be:

RAANZ membership


BOIAC membership


Medical (estimate)




Log book


Estimated fixed costs


Option 1

40 hours flying in the Tecnam P96G @ NZ$120/meter hour


80 hours of instructor time @ NZ$30/contact hour


Minimum expected cost to get a Local Advanced Certificate in the club microlight P96G


Option 2:

40 hours flying in the Tecnam P2008 @ NZ$210/meter hour


80 Hours of instructor time @ NZ$30/contact hour


Minimum expected cost to get an Advanced Local certificate  in John's Light Sport Aircraft P2008


To obtain an Advanced National Certificate requires a minimum of 45 hours flying

To obtain a passenger rating requires 35 hours PILOT IN COMMAND

Aircraft are charged on engine running time as determined by a  "HOBBS" meter

Instructor time is charged for the lesson including briefings, debriefings aircraft check out, solo supervision etc.

How do we work?

First we would have a meeting and show you what we are offering.  It would be a good opportunity to have an introductory lesson to get an impression of the aircraft and John or Willie.  Of course we will be excited at you showing an interest in our passion  but will try not to go for a "hard sell". This meeting is free of charge and there is no commitment to take things further.

If you wanted to proceed we would draw up a "learning plan".  This sounds a bit formal but is not intended to have any legal authority.  It is an understanding of your requirements and how they are going to be met.  For example you might intend coming 3 afternoons a week.  Knowing that we can agree which afternoons are mutually convenient and plan accordingly.

Before staring in earnest you need a Novice Pilot Certificate - the provisional pilot licence .

Download the medical form from the RAANZ website http://raanz.org.nz/wiki/uploads/Site/RAANZMedicalDeclaration.pdf and take it to your GP for completion.  Alternatively arrange a medical with the Kerikeri based RAANZ chief medical examiner doctor Peter Vujcich  027 548 7961 and ask for a microlight pilot medical.

Bring us both your medical certificate and we will complete the RAANZ online application form including the fit & proper person form and RAANZ will issue the certificate.

 Now we start!

A typical lesson involves you pre reading  the exercise to be flown:  A pre flight briefing when your instructor presents a precis of the reading to reinforce what you have read and clarify any uncertainties you may have.  You will then prepare the aircraft for flight  - initially with your instructor but fairly early on by yourself.  The exercise will be flown followed by a debrief and completing the student record and your log book.  A typical lesson will last about 2 hours with one hour flying.

We encourage you to get involved in studying for the ground exams as soon as possible and will require you to have passed the Law and Radio before going solo.  This reduces the risk of an incident due to something basic - like not knowing the rights of way.  Studying from books can be a bit daunting, especially for those who left school a long time ago!  We offer a lecture program and individual tutorials to assist those who prefer a classroom environment.

The first part of the flying program gets you to the stage where you can fly the machine.  At some point, usually during the first 20 hours, you will go on your first solo - flying the aircraft around the aerodrome on your own.

Subsequent lessons are a mixture of "dual" and "solo" flying; building your skills and experience and ability to deal with emergencies.

Towards the end of the course - after you have passed all the exams - you will start flying to other aerodromes. 

Having met the experience requirements and flying to a good standard you will take the Advanced Local test.  This is a practical test of both your flying ability and aviation knowledge.  It is allowed for your instructor to conduct your test and he may do so - but it is more rigorous to get another instructor to test you if one is available.

Text Books
We have pdf handouts for the specific briefings, lecture notes for the ground school; aircraft checklists and pilot manuals which we issue at appropriate times throughout the course free of charge.  The RAANZ website has a comprehensive online study material together with the question pool. There is enough information here free of charge to pass the microlight exams.

The Advanced National Certificate allows you to fly high performance aircraft in busy airspace and you may wish to study some subjects to Private Pilot level. You do not have to take the exams! The recommended textbooks for the PPL course are: Private Pilot Licence Volume 1 to 5; The Flight Training Manual;  Aviation Medicine and other Human Factors for Pilots.  These are available from https://www.waypoints.nz/books.html/  You may be able to buy them second hand from Trademe or friends.

We have some secondhand books we can sell you at half the list price.

Want to talk?  John Nicholls   flyitnz@gmail.com or telephone Land line: +64 (0) 9 406 1974  mobile +64 (0) 27-359 4869
Willie Morton email: mitmete@actrix.co.nz  mobile: 021 0811 6612