Why train with Wanaka Helicopters?

Our global reputation for helicopter flight training and stunning location in the Southern Alps of New Zealand attracts people from all over the world

Our History / Philosophy

Wanaka Helicopters longevity in Aviation has set the standard for helicopter pilot training in NZ. Simon Spencer-Bower has created a 'world class' training culture

Current & New Students

As a current student at Wanaka Helicopters, below are some quick links to help you find what you need.  And if you're about to start a course with us in 2017, check out the info below.

Our Instructors

Wanaka Helicopters is a certified CAA Training Organisation. We have category A, B and C instructors who all have a wealth of both training and commercial experience

Mountain Training

We are the home of mountain flying in New Zealand and run the only CAA certified Advanced Mountain Flying Course, catering for all levels of pilot experience

Private Pilot Licence - PPL(H)

Our training will make you a safe efficient pilot. Whether you intend owning and operating your own helicopter or gaining a Commercial Licence, this course is a requirement

Commercial Pilot Licence - CPL(H)

If you are wanting to fly helicopters as a career a Commercial Licence is a pre-requisite. Our graduate pilots are highly regarded within the global Helicopter Industry

Diploma in Aviation

Wanaka Helicopters can deliver Diplomas in General Aviation and Flight Instructor strands. Student loan funding now available

Overseas Pilots

Our reputation attracts pilots from all over the world. Whether you want to start flying or enhance your skills. As a NZQA school we can process immigration visa applications

Helicopter Type Ratings/Endorsements

We can help you gain ratings to fly a range of helicopter types. We are also specialists in external load (sling, including long-line), night and instructor training

Fixed Wing & Overseas Licence Conversions

As a fixed wing pilot the total hours to gain a helicopter licence can be reduced. Many overseas helicopter pilots come to us to convert their licence to kiwi!

BFR / FCCC / Instructor Renewals

Our CAA Training Certificate (under rule part 141) enables us to complete a range of renewals. With two flight examiners we can complete competency checks

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