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UAV Pilot Training

Category: Training
Published: Sunday, 22 May 2016
Written by wsg



Unmanned and Pilotless Aircraft (RPAS, UAVs, Drones)

If you are looking for UAV pilot training, a UAV pilot certificate, or operational competency assessments for UAV operations then you've come to the right place! Flight Test NZ, a CAA-approved Part 141 organisation provides quality UAV training.
Flight Test NZ provides Part 102 certification for UAV pilots as well the preparation of exposition and guidance through the CAA Part 102 operating certificate process. 

UAV recreation or commercial operations can be conducted under Part 101 or Part 102.  Various restrictions apply under Part 101, some of which can be lifted for an operator that is certificated under Part 102. A pilot certificate is useful for operations under Part 101, as that will enable operations within 4km of an aerodrome. CAA  requires a pilot certificate for operation under Part 102 and may also require an annual Operational Competency Assessment (OCA).

Do you have a current OCA and need a refresher course on RPAS Aviation Law? We can help.

Are you not yet at the stage where you need all of the above, and just want to learn to fly your RPAS? We can help with that too.

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For further information on RPAS Pilot Certificate course dates go to our Course tab. 


What's in a name?

RPAS, UAV, UAS, what's the difference?

UAV stands for "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle", the actual craft that flies.  UAS means "Unmanned Aerial System", being the system comprised of the craft, any control station, and radio links between the control station and the craft.

An RPAS is a "Remotely Piloted Aircraft System" - a form of UAS that is piloted by a person on the ground.

The New Zealand Civil Aviation rules use the term "unmanned aircraft", but the International Civil Aviation Organisation prefers RPAS.  The general public call them drones.

Aerobatic Rating

Category: Training
Published: Friday, 15 January 2010
Written by Super User

Aerobatics enhance pilots skills. Flight Test NZ and Mark Woodhouse have designed a modular based training programme to cover the theory of aerobatic flight, followed by flight training and a check flight.  We can provide this training at many locations around New Zealand.

Theory topics include

  • Legislation
  • Airframe and aerodynamics
  • Engine and mechanical limitations
  • Human factors
  • Airmanship

Flight training

  • Loop
  • Spinning
  • Rolls- aileron, barrel
  • Stall turns
  • Combinations of these maneovers

C208 Type Rating

Category: Training
Published: Friday, 15 January 2010
Written by Super User
  • Ground course covering C208 systems and exam [2 days]
  • Flight Training of 2 hours duration [1 day]

Qualifications for C208 Rating

  • Minimum of 500 hours total time
  • CPL or higher licence held
  • Holder of Basic Gas Turbine or previous turbine rating

GPS Rating

Category: Training
Published: Friday, 15 January 2010
Written by Super User

GPS is increasing in its use by pilots. It is imperative that pilots understand GPS and are trained in its correct use.  Peter Obschneider presents this 1 day course on the theory of operation of GPS.  It is a prerequisite to completing flight training and issue of a GPS rating.  Peter can take you through the theory and practical flight training.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to GPS / GNSS
  • System components and principle of operation
  • Errors and limitations
  • Navigation system performance requirements
  • Human factors
  • Current approvals
  • Basic operation of a GPS

Additional GPS endorsements available: KLN89, 90, 94, Garmin 430, 1000.

Instructional Techniques

Category: Training
Published: Friday, 15 January 2010
Written by Super User

This CAA approved 4 day course is designed to give anyone in the aviation industry the necessary skills to instruct. Ross Crawford, B Av., is an A category instructor who has been presenting Instructional Techniques courses for many years.  Ross combines his airline training background and general aviation knowledge to present a valuable course for anyone who is considering instruction in the aviation industry.

The Civil Aviation Authority AC61-18 requires new C, D or E category instructors to have completed an instructional techniques course prior to their instructor rating issue flight test. In accordance with AC61-18 we therefore recommend that the IT course is commenced early in their training so new instructors can put into action the knowledge and skills acquired from the course. Course dates.

Persons who provide instruction or checking for aviation industry personnel e.g. ground course instructors, cabin crew check and trainers will gain many skills from this extensive course.

Topics covered include:

  • How do we learn
  • Assessing students needs
  • The learning environment
  • Role of teacher / instructor
  • Obstacles to learning
  • Teaching techniques
  • Evaluation feedback
  • Aviation specifics

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