Becoming a pilot involves taking flying lessons to get practical experience and passing written theory exams.

Most people get their first taste of flying in a trial flight at their local aero club or flying school. They're a great source of information, and can help guide you through the process.

Somebody intending to fly only for recreation can opt for a microlight certificate or private pilot licence. If you intend to build a career in aviation, you can train towards a commercial pilot licence, or an airline transport pilot licence.

Flying lessons are just part of your training. You will also have to pass a medical examination, pass what’s known as a 'fit and proper person' test, demonstrate you're proficient in the English language, and pass some theory exams.

For guidance, have a look at the advisory circulars to Part 61 Pilot Licences and Ratings.

Part 61 forms

In this section:

Licence application

Skip the paperwork and fast track your application. Apply for a new licence, or update an existing one, through the new MyAviation.

PPL privileges by type of medical certificate

Information about PPL medical changes and RPL revocation.

Using privileges of a New Zealand pilot licence on a validation from a foreign NAA

If you’re utilising the privileges of your New Zealand pilot licence on a validation from a foreign National Aviation Authority (NAA), and your Biennial Flight Review (BFR) is due to expire or has expired and you are unable to regain currency with a current NZ instructor, you’ll need to engage with the NAA responsible for issuing the validation for an approval to keep operating without a BFR.

Recognising foreign pilot licences

Learn more about how to have your foreign pilot licence converted to a New Zealand pilot licence.

Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act (TTMRA)

New Zealand and Australia have agreed to recognise each other's professional flight crew and aircraft maintenance engineer licences. The agreement is part of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997 (TTMRA), which also applies to most other professional qualifications.

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