Why Fly in Wanaka & New Zealand

  • Beyond beautiful, New Zealand's Southern Alps are a geological marvel. Towering peaks, glistening glaciers, sweeping alluvial plains, river-ribboned valleys, pristine alpine lakes - this extraordinary landscape offers pilots one of the most challenging and rewarding environments on earth to fly.

    New Zealand truly is mountain flying at its very best.
    Every flight from Wanaka is a unique interaction with the diversity and challenge of our breathtaking terrain. Our location at the gateway to Mt Aspiring National Park in the lee of the Southern Alps makes us the ideal place to hone your aviation skills and includes some of the best mountain flying in the world: the Southern Alps, Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, the mighty Mt Cook and surrounding National Park itself.

    And it's not just our terrain that will keep calling you back. Wanaka draws the adventurous. It is a community of like-minded people daring to live the dream.

Why us?

  • We truly love what we do and are passionate about every adventure we fly. Combine the experience and skill of our team and you have over 50 years of passionate commitment to flying in extreme and mountainous environments. From the Canadian Rockies to the wilderness of Alaska and, the ultimate mountain flying destination, the Southern Alps of New Zealand, our team embodies professionalism, wisdom and pilot camaraderie.​
    We will expand and enhance your skills as a Pilot no matter what your level and give you a flying experience second to none.

Training skills covered include

  • Aircraft Performance

  • Contour and Valley Flying

  • Saddle crossings

  • Confined Areas

  • Horizon Orientation

  • Disorientation & Illusions

  • Sun & Valley shadows

  • Weather Interaction

  • The Decision Making Process

  • Low-Level Navigation

  • Emergency Actions​
    We offer 1, 3 & 5-day comprehensive courses.

Snow covered mountains

1 DAY
INTRODUCTORY MOUNTAIN FLIGHT EXCURSION

Ideal for anyone wanting an introduction to the art of Mountain flying.

  • A highly experienced Mountain Flying Instructor dedicated to you for 1 day

  • Comprehensive Ground briefings

  • 3 hours flight time in C172/ PA28 aircraft

  • All applicable landing fees and Airways charges

  • 2 grass strip landings

  • Log Book certification of Mountain Flying/Terrain Awareness for hours flown

Snow covered Mountains

3 DAY

COMPREHENSIVE MOUNTAIN FLYING EXPERIENCE

A comprehensive course showcasing the best NZ has to offer while building vital flying skills and competency in the mountain environment.

  • A highly experienced Mountain Flying Instructor dedicated to you for 3 days

  • Comprehensive ground briefings and slide shows 

  • 10 hours of flight time in C172/ PA28 aircraft

  • All applicable landing fees and Airways charges 

  • 4 grass strip landings

  • Local Area VNC Aeronautical Map

  • Milford Sound landing

  • Mt Cook flight

  • On completion of the course, you will meet the Mountain Flight/Terrain and weather awareness hours required to obtain an NZ PPL or convert a foreign licence in accordance with AC61-3

Snow covered valley

5 DAY
ULTIMATE

MOUNTAIN FLYING ADVENTURE

The premium Mountain flying experience. Hone your flying skills with this ultimate package.

  • A highly experienced Mountain Flying Instructor dedicated to you for 5 days

  • Comprehensive ground briefings 

  • 15 hours of flight time in C172/ PA28 aircraft

  • 5+grass strip and remote landings

  • Local Area VNC Aeronautical Map

  • Milford Sound landing

  • Mt Cook flight

  • Manapouri Landing

  • On completion of the course, you will meet the Mountain Flight/Terrain awareness hours required to obtain an NZ PPL or convert a foreign license in accordance with AC61-3