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About Flight Test New Zealand

Flight Test New Zealand Ltd is a Civil Aviation Authority of NZ approved checking and training organisation. Using 23 Flight Examiners and instructors located throughout New Zealand, we provide pilot flight tests, specialised pilot training, and UAV training.

Our mission is to allow you to complete that final stage of the training process, the flight test, in a relaxed yet professional manner.  You have spent so much effort and time in training to meet the required standard therefore we want to help you fulfill your goal. Whether the test is for a new private pilots licence issue or the continued competence of an instrument or instructor rating Flight Test New Zealand is the checking organisation to contact.

With convenient locations through out New Zealand we are able to travel to you at your airfield where you are familiar with the local conditions and procedures. We will do our best to meet your schedule.


Flight Test New Zealand provides:

  • Instrument rating continued competence
  • Endorsement removal for additional navigation aids, multi engine instrument rating
  • Private pilot licence issue  - aeroplane and helicopter
  • Instructor rating continued competence for B and C category instructors aeroplane and helicopter
  • Instructor rating additional privileges aerobatic, night and spinning
  • Aerobatic rating issue and continued competence
  • GPS rating issue and continued competence
  • Operational competency IFR or VFR for Part 115, 135 and 125 aeroplane or helicopter organisations.
  • Special purpose checks for ski and float planes 


  • Instructional techniques 4 day course
  • GNSS Garmin 530 issue in our  simulators
  • Aerobatic rating
  • UAV pilot training for Part 101 and 102.



  •  IFR training in simulators based at Dunedin, Ardmore and Matamata

Steve Kingsbury - Managing DirectorFlight Test New Zealand is a Part 141 training organisation holding an Aviation Training Certificate TR52489  issued by Civil Aviation Authority of NZ.  Please see a copy of our Certificate.

Steve Kingsbury manages Flight Test NZ from its base in Whitianga. Steve has been involved in aviation for 42 years encompassing flying, flight operations management, check and training. He formed Flight Test NZ in 1998 with the aim of providing a flight checking service that not only ensured pilots met the required standards, but importantly passed on knowledge from the examiner to the pilot so he or she learned something new from each check.

Steve says “I am privileged to work with the Flight Examiners and Instructors of FTNZ; they are passionate about aviation and want to pass on their knowledge and skills to each pilot they check. We want the pilot to not only pass the check flight, but to learn”.

In the spirit of Flight Test NZ, we sponsor young people to commence their career as a new pilot each year via the Walsh Memorial Scout Flying School.