Come Fly With Us


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If you have ever thought about flying as a career or a hobby then why not join Mandy, Tracey and Kelly at Waikato Aviation.

For Tracey Gore and Mandy de Beer flying was something they had dreamed about since childhood. Tracey took her first flight at eighteen months in a glider piloted by her father and over the years flying with him secured her desire to fly as a career. At sixteen years old she started her flight training in earnest.

Mandy also took her first flying lesson at sixteen years old, two months after she arrived in New Zealand from South Africa. Twenty days before her eighteenth birthday Mandy earned her Private Pilot Licence.

Kelly Fuatai Lowen’s sisters are both flight attendants – Kelly might have followed in their footsteps but when she saw a picture of a Boeing 747 cockpit she thought it looked so ‘cool’ that her career path was set.

Mandy, Tracey and Kelly still love flying and today all three are flight instructors at Waikato Aviation. Mandy is also an aerobatic instructor.

A 20-minute flight with Mandy, Tracey or Kelly is a great way to experience the thrill of flight. Flights are available in our two seat Alpha aircraft or in the Cessna four seat aircraft, enabling friends or family to also enjoy the experience.

For more information go to or ring 07 843 5655.

Kelly Fuatai Lowen first Waikato Aviation Intern

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Flying Instructor Kelly Fuatai Lowen has been announced as the first recipient of Waikato Aviation’s  new internship programme.

“Kelly is the perfect candidate for the role. She has already graduated with our New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (Instructor stream) and with her excellent people and communication skills we believe she has a great future in Flight Instruction,” said Waikato Aviation General Manager and Chief Flying Instructor Peter Wilson.

 Lowen, a local girl who finished her schooling at Waikato Diocesan school, joined Waikato Aviation’s Diploma in Aviation course in 2015.

“This is a great opportunity”, said Lowen.  It’s a gateway into full time employment, I am part of a great team and I am doing what I love. It couldn’t be better.”

 Training pilots since 1933, Waikato Aviation has seen a considerable increase in the demand for Flight Instructors. The Civil Aviation Authority requires all Flying Instructors to have completed an initial six months and 100 hours of instructing under the direct supervision of a senior Flight Instructor. Waikato Aviation’s internship programme will provide this initial experience.

  “An experienced senior Instructor will mentor and support each intern, helping them to develop their instructional skills both in the classroom and in the aircraft”, said Wilson.

“Employers are looking for Flight Instructors who have completed direct supervision, and display essential industry skills such as a customer service focus, strong communication and team working competencies. Our internship is designed to develop these competencies along with experience in, and the development of, flight instructional techniques and skills.”  

 Interns will be selected each term from Waikato Aviation graduates, with the next intern being announced in October.

Diamond DA42 online

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A change of name, a rebranding exercise and a new aircraft has marked Waikato Aviation’s further investment in the aviation education business. 

Formally known as Waikato Aero Club, Waikato Aviation have been training pilots for more than 80 years.

General Manager and Chief Flying Instructor Peter Wilson said “The new name better represents the company’s unique blend of recreational pilot training, full time professional pilot courses and commercial aviation services. Many members of the Greater Waikato community have gained a pilot licence with us and we have a 90% success rate for our course graduates finding employment within the aviation industry”.

“We may have removed the word club from our name however that aspect of our business is still a draw card for students. The combination of a professional flight training academy and a successful recreational pilot’s club gives students a complete flying experience.”

In keeping with their planned investment in the aviation industry, Waikato Aviation has recently purchased a twin engine DA42 aircraft. The DA42’s state of the art instrumentation and navigational systems are similar to those used in commercial airliners and better equip students for a commercial pilot’s role.

Waikato Aviation offers the two year, full time course, the NZ Diploma in Aviation.  Students graduate with a Commercial Pilot Licence. The next intake is in September. 

New Internship Programme

"Employment pathways to the future"

"Employment pathways to the future"

Waikato Aviation’s internship programme is designed to prepare graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Aviation Instructor Stream with on job training in a mentored environment.

Interns are directly supervised by a senior instructor. The senior instructor will mentor and support the intern helping them to develop their instructional skills both in the classroom and in the aircraft.

The internship programme will give the graduate 6 months direct supervision. This will enable the intern to be better positioned and work ready when applying for employment on completion of the programme.

The programme will include all components of Flight instruction; delivering pre-flight briefs, flying lessons, post-flight debriefs, teaching in the classroom, aircraft cleaning and maintenance, administration work and other tasks related to the operation of a successful aviation organisation.

Key outcomes of the internship will be; Customer service focus, the ability to work in a team environment, time management, to interact with peoples from the flight academy and community, to interact with peoples from all cultures and backgrounds.

The programme will be 6 months in length during which the intern will be paid for time worked in the classroom and in the aircraft.

To be successful in gaining a place on the internship programme, graduates will have demonstrated an above average standard during their training programme. Graduates need to apply and meet certain criteria based on performance and suitability.


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We get to see it often, its always the same. The smile after that first flight is priceless.

Giving someone the experience of flight is so much more than just a day out. Firstly its the excitement of something new, an experience that can’t be had everyday. Then there’s the buzz of taking off, climbing in to the unknown, looking down and realising that the world really is beneath your feet, anything is possible. 

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