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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