Specialty Courses

Sling Load Training

If you found learning to hover a challenge then you might experience a bit of deja`vu with your first few lessons of underslung load flying!
Although commercial underslung work is a very specialised operation, learning the basic techniques will improve your overall flying enormously.

You will learn a whole new way of flying with the door off, looking out and down, with both power and load management critical for success.

Our courses have been designed to improve both the Private Pilot skills and those looking to go further towards obtaining a Commercial Licence. Both the PPL and CPL underslung load courses will cover the theory relating to load configurations, weight, balance and power management along with a ground crew briefing, then moving on to specific load flying techniques and considerations.

The flying part of the course starts with the pre-flight and load inspection considerations that are safety critical. Then you are introduced to flying with the door off and looking down without the load, using your peripheral vision for reference points. You progress as your experience grows to flying the load, operating at higher weights and increasing the length of the strop to 50 metres for the commercial course (long lining).

Once you have become comfortable we fine tune your skills with precision load flying and confined area operations.

Underslung load flying is both challenging and rewarding and we highly recommend it to improve your general flying skills.

Our Training Courses & Diplomas

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Diploma in Aviation

NZQA Approved - Diploma in Aviation (H) from $15,000* upfront payment.

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The NZ Diploma in Aviation – The most affordable path to a Commercial Helicopter Pilot Licence in New Zealand.

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North Shore Airport

300 Postman Rd, Dairy Flat

Auckland, New Zealand

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