Mountain Training

Wanaka is located amongst the high mountains of the Southern Alps. Wherever we fly in this region we encounter mountains and consequently any pilot operating here has to have a different skill set to that required in other low level areas.

Many other countries around the world do not allow landings away from airfields and their mountain flight training consists of just flying around the mountains, whereas here in New Zealand we actually operate ‘in, around and on’ the mountains.

Wanaka Helicopters are the NZ specialists in mountain flying training. Our instructors operate flight training and commercial operations in the mountains on a daily basis.

Both our PPL(H) and CPL(H) programmes include mountain flying components but we also offer our certified ‘Advanced Mountain Course’ which provides trained pilots with the skills and knowledge to conduct flight operations in extreme mountain conditions. 

Mountain training options

  1. Our certified ‘Advanced Mountain Course’ can be delivered to any licensed helicopter pilot (from any country). This course was used as a framework for the CAA of NZ Mountain Flying DVD and is currently being approved as a compulsory requirement for all NZ commercial pilots who operate in mountainous terrain.
  2. Casual mountain flying
  3. PPL(H) mountain component ­ ideal for those pilots who have trained elsewhere, either in New Zealand or other countries and hold a PPL(H) or are still working towards their license
  4. CPL(H) mountain component ­is ideal for those pilots who have trained elsewhere, either in New Zealand or other countries and hold a PPL(H) or CPL(H)

Please contact us for more information through our enquiry form.