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AdvancedTraining & Ratings

Ardmore Helicopters Ltd operates the Bell 206B Jet Ranger helicopter, which is available for turbine ratings. You must complete a minimum of five hours training for your first single engine turbine rating, or a minimum of one hour for subsequent turbine ratings. Refer “Type Ratings” for further information.

Although a Night Rating is not a requirement for the PPL and CPL, it is a great skill to have.  Having a Night Rating also opens up additional commercial opportunities such as frost flying, and many commercial operators now require you to have one.  Some companies, eg Rescue, may also require a Night Cross Country Rating, and Ardmore Helicopters is one of the few schools able to conduct this training.

During the rating you will learn all the normal and emergency procedures.  You also get the opportunity to fly to various locations in the Auckland Region including flying around Auckland City, which is a truly remarkable sight.

Night Rating
To obtain a PPL Night Rating to operate within 25nms of a lit aerodrome:
›  2  hours dual instrument flight instruction.
›  5 hours night flight time comprised of dual and solo flight time.

To obtain a CPL Night Rating to operate within 25nms of a lit aerodrome:
›  2 hours dual instrument flight instruction.
›  10 hours night flight time comprised of dual and solo flight time.

Night Cross Country Rating
To obtain a PPL Night Cross Country Rating to operate beyond 25 nm of a lit aerodrome.

›  5 hours dual instrument flight instruction. 
›  10  hours night flight time including 3 hours dual cross country training.

To obtain a CPL Night Cross Country Rating to operate beyond 25 nm of a lit aerodrome:

›  10 hours dual instrument flight instruction.
›  10 hours night flight time comprised of dual and solo flight time.
›  3 hours night cross country training.

Although a Sling Rating is a requirement of the CPL, it is optional for the PPL.  If you would like to hone your skills as a PPL pilot then contact us today to start your Sling Rating.  The PPL Sling Rating is 5 hours training dual and solo flight time.

A Robinson Safety Awareness Training (RSAT) Course is a CAA requirement to operate Robinson helicopters and our instructors are certified to conduct the theory and practical aspects of this course.

Our A and B Category Instructors can help guide you through the license conversion process, including creating a training plan to help you meet the New Zealand CAA Licencing requirements. Contact us to find out more.

Qualification Summary

Trial Flight Available

  • Taught From: Ardmore Airport
  • Study Conditions: Full-time & Part-time
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