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Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL-H)

Commerical Pilot LicenceHave better work stories and never "work" another day again!

A career as a professional commercial pilot is a challenging, diverse and rewarding adventure. Our ex-graduates are flying all over the world in Search and Rescue, Corporate, Tourism, Agriculture, Instructing, Police or Film & TV.  You can also make your dreams become a reality if you are prepared to work hard to achieve it. 

 

The most affordable way for eligible students to gain their commercial or instructors pilots license is to apply for student loan funding through the Student Loan funded scheme. Please see our NZQA Diploma courses page for full information.

 

Based from North Shore Airport, once you have passed your PPL-H  flight test, your commercial course can begin. You will build on the achievements to date and start with underslung load training.  This will fine tune your hovering skills and teach you the importance of power management.  Together with advanced navigation exercises and the intricacies of mountainous terrain flying you will be well on your way to obtaining your commercial pilot licence and the start of a new rewarding career.

 

An average Commercial Pilot Licence - Helicopter will take up to one-year full time (including the PPL-H), but dependant on your commitment and budget can be achieved in a lot less than that.

 

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a current NZ Class 1 Medical Examination
  • Hold a current NZ Private Pilot Licence - Helicopter
  • Pass CPL-H written exams in Meteorology, Navigation, Air Law, Human Factors, Principles of Helicopter Flight and Helicopter Technical Knowledge.
  • Have a minimum of 150 hours of total flight experience in the following:
    • 35 hours dual instruction
    • 35 hours pilot in command
    • 10 hours underslung load training
    • 10 hours mountainous terrain experience
    • 20 hours cross country navigation which

 



With a global shortage of experienced personal, it has never been a better time to think about a career as a Helicopter Pilot!

A few things to consider...
    • In NZ we now have over 870 helicopters used in a variety of roles and we lead the world on per capita ownership of just over 4 million people.
    • To compare - China (as of February 2018) now has 900 (21 in HK) civilian (644, military) with a current growth of 20% and India has 639 civilian and 644 military helicopters and will over take China in the next 10 year. Both countries military fleets though will need serious updating over the next few years.
    • At HAI 2018, it was reported that Asia is expected to take 35% of civil helicopter deliveries in the next 20 years, followed by USA at 20% and Europe at 18%
    • Australia has 2100; Brazil 2000; Canada 1600; Europe (21 countries) 4225; Russia 2443; Japan 800, Thailand 100, PNG 200
    • From mid 2016-2018, China has placed significant orders with Airbus (100 helicopters), Bell (150 including 100 407GPX), and Leonardo (55). 
    • Military trained pilots used to account for 80% of active pilots, now its just 20% and diminishing.
    • The average age of a helo pilot is still an amazing 54yrs old and getting older.
    • With the global demand increasing and growing between 6-20% in some countries there is a 2-3 yr waiting list for some new machinery and the time delay for parts for some helos, are a source of concern for operators.
    • With 8% of pilots retiring in the Australiasian region, an increase of new machines between 6-20% - it means theres a demand of over 20%+pa for new pilots
    • Prior to the recession, oil and mineral exploration in Canada, USA, Australia and PNG to name just a few,were swallowing up experienced pilots with 1000+ hour. Commodity prices are volitile and there will always be peaks and troughs in this sector.
    • With that demand at the experienced level increasing, it will leave a huge gap for local operators and training schools - it increases the opportunity for the less experienced pilot to advance more quickly. However there are no guarantees and the industry will ebb and flow to market forces. 

 

 

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