Mark Whitson - Aeroplane CPL, MEIR Graduate
Choosing where you learn to fly is a fundamental decision in your aviation career. Not only will you spend a year or more of your life there but it will also cost you a small fortune, so be picky. NAC has a fantastic reputation and it's not until you have studied here that you see why. The ground courses are fantastic achieving a 86% pass rate and the flight instruction at a senior level is second to none. If you are thinking of training abroad, New Zealand is a 'no-brainer' due to the cost (especially for Europeans) and in terms of institutions, I know I would have no hesitation in choosing NAC again.
Kelly Barclay - Aeroplane CPL, MEIR, 'C' Cat Instructor Rating Graduate
After completing all of my aviation theory exams in Auckland I relocated down to Motueka in September 2011 to begin my flight training with Nelson Aviation College. It was by far the best decision I have ever made. I was at the college until December 2012 and during that short time I was able to complete my PPL, CPL, MEIR, C-Cat, 5 ATPL exams, and an Aerobatics rating!
The college does everything right, Giles, Katrina, and Jeremy have developed an environment which provides students with the best possibility of success. This organisation has earned an outstanding reputation in the aviation industry and goes a long way in helping secure that first job in a very competitive market.
I am extremely proud to say that I trained at NAC and could not speak more highly of it. For those who are considering becoming a pilot; before looking anywhere else I strongly suggest taking the time to meet the team at NAC.
Matt Eastham - Aeroplane CPL, MEIR, 'C' Cat Instructor Rating Graduate
I chose to go to NAC for a couple of reasons. Firstly; they seemed like they really cared about each and every student. Before starting they were really helpful and promptly answered any questions I had. You really get the feeling that they are there for YOU and want to help YOU, even as far as helping me find a job afterwards. And secondly; the area itself is beautiful, there's a lot of really nice flying around Motueka. Good weather and every flight is like a once in a lifetime scenic flight.
Matt Cook - Aeroplane CPL, MEIR, 'C' Cat Instructor Rating Graduate
The Instructors Rating course offered by NAC has provided me with an extensive understanding of what is required to become an effective flight instructor. Both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills were trained to a very high standard, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of the importance of having high quality instructional techniques.
Undertaking an Instructors Rating course at NAC will not only help develop the required instructional qualities, but enhance skills required by all pilots including greater safety awareness, threat and error management, critical thinking and decision making skills.
James Cole - Aeroplane CPL, MEIR Graduate
Nelson Aviation College is New Zealand's best-kept aviation training secret! Nelson Aviation College retains the family atmosphere while not sacrificing safety or professionalism. I enjoyed the emphasis on continuous improvement, not only surrounding student progress but also within the college infrastructure and the fleet itself. The proximity to mountainous terrain combined with the complexities surrounding operations from Motueka aerodrome and its varied activities means the training environment is second to none. Down time is easily filled with the vast array of activities the Nelson/Tasman region provides. I loved every second of my time in Motueka and highly recommend Nelson Aviation College.
Dan Martin - Aeroplane CPL, MEIR Graduate
My CPL ground course began in January 2011. The prospect of 16 weeks in a class room was challenging at first however an air conditioned classroom got us through the hottest months of the year and I found the theory course was interesting and very well presented by knowledgeable and approachable instructors. We were encouraged to aim for the highest possible grades and had the support necessary to achieve this. In 2010 I made a decision that it was time for a career change. Aviation was the career of choice; all I needed now was a training provider that would help me to achieve my goal of a commercial pilot licence. Nelson Aviation College (NAC) was recommended by a friend, as flight training organisation which offered a friendly, supportive learning environment, surrounded by user friendly airspace. Following a successful interview and tour of the college facilities with Giles Witney (CEO) I felt confident that I had chosen a great place to learn to fly.
By the middle of May I had achieved great results in all six commercial papers as well as the three IFR papers and was excited to be logging flight training hours in my logbook. Before long I achieved a private pilot license and was working through the commercial pilot syllabus. I found the weather and terrain awareness part of the training particularly beneficial and relevant, especially considering large areas of New Zealand are designated as mountainous.
Following the commercial training I completed the Multi Engine Instrument Rating which involved approximately twelve weeks based at the Nelson airport facility. Here we were introduced to flying in Instrument Meteorological Conditions and developed a good understanding of the rules and law applicable to IFR flight. As with my experience throughout training at NAC, the professional approach and dedication shown by the instructors ensured a successful outcome and I am pleased to now have an Instrument rating on my licence.
NAC has always provided a positive and enjoyable learning environment where I have made many new friends. I would highly recommend NAC to any persons considering flight training in New Zealand
Richard Thomson - Aeroplane CPL, MEIR, 'C' Category Instructor Rating Graduate
There were eight people on my ground course and everyone of us was from a different country. I feel like the skills and habits I have developed from studying at NAC have set me up really well for this job and I am absolutely loving it.
Scott Ryall - Aeroplane CPL, MEIR, 'C' Category Instructor Rating Graduate
Flight training at NAC proved not only to be fun and enjoyable but also provided me the skills required to enable a smooth transition into a flying job. The courses were well structured and the staff professional, with excellent preparation for exams and tests giving me the confidence needed to achieve good results. Of course the Motueka weather helped with very few days missed due to bad weather. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there meeting great people and making many friends.
Enosh S. Lee, Aeroplane CPL, MEIR Graduate
In order to achieve successful flight training, one must choose a right training provider. However, there are a number of things to be considered beforehand. To name a few, a reasonable ratio between instructor and student, good weather, a number of aircraft fleets available, easy access to controlled/uncontrolled airspace, a variety of training area and so on. Unfortunately, you will not realise those crucial things until you commence flight training. As for me, choosing NAC as a training provider was one of the best decisions that I have made in my 35 years of life. NAC has got everything mentioned above. On top of this, in a family-like environment but highly professional as well you will never be lost or left alone. If you have to choose a flight school, then NAC is the best in New Zealand! Go for it!
Joshua Greer, Aeroplane CPL, MEIR Graduate
Where do I start I've been at the college now fifteen months. I was a fresh little man right out of college so I was over sitting in class listening to someone go on about subjects that I had no real interest in. When I found out that I was going to be sitting in class for another four months I found myself concerned that I was going to get bored. But I was rather surprised when class started and I found myself listening and enjoying class. The instructors were excellent and really knew their subjects. If there was an answer that they didn't know they would find it out and tell the class the next day. I have a suspicion that they didn't just do it to answer a class but to expand their own knowledge of a subject. Because as we all know the more you learn in this industry the more you come to know how little you really do know.
After being in class for those first few months I was finally introduced to the Cessna 152's that I would be flying for the rest of the year. I can tell you I was like a kid in a candy shop. I can still see my first briefing effects of controls. What a day it was perfect in saying that it could have been raining cats and dogs and I still wouldn't have noticed. All I saw was a ZGR sitting there waiting to be flown. I'm not going to lie I was just as nervous as I was excited. By the end of the year I had a CPL and man was I proud all that hard work and finally something to show for it. Now just four months on I've got an IFR and a twin engine rating.
So enough about myself and more about the College and people that got me to where I am today. The instructors of NAC must be some of the best calibre they are down to earth and very accommodating as I said earlier they all know what they are teaching. They also have a strong stance on the safety of the students. This will never go amiss in the skies of New Zealand or any other part of the world.
In regards to the running of this institution the management team have been very good to me especially in the last couple of months. So here is a bit of a shout out to say thanks to Giles and Katrina Witney and Jeremy Anderson. The College itself is well set up with a well stocked cafe with the two ladies whom I think that people consider their mothers away from home. This gives the school a homely feeling and it's really just a big family everyone helping the person next to them. All in all I would recommend the College to any person that wants a good quality place to discover the world of aviation."
Karen J Groome, Flying NZ Executive Secretary
Well the Flying NZ Nationals have been and gone for another year and what a great time we all had in Motueka. From the perfect weather to immaculate airfield to the ever welcoming people of Motueka that made this event so enjoyable.
Thank you to you both for allowing Tim Williams the time to be part of the organising Team with Kay Hart and other members of the Motueka Aero Club. Tim was never too far away when we needed to discuss options and ideas- whether by phone before the event or during the competitions.
We were also very appreciative of the use of a Training Room both for our Executive Committee Meeting and also for the Young Eagles Scholarship winners who spent a half day in a training room in preparation for competitions that followed that afternoon.
We wish you well for the future of Nelson aviation College your facilities are impeccable, your Staff very helpful and what a great place to have a flight training school! We look forward to working alongside you both in the future- it was seven years between the last Flying NZ Nationals and this one! I just hope we don't have to wait that long to get back to Motueka.
Travis Mckee, Aeroplane, CPL, MEIR
NAC was the perfect place for me to do my flight training. The environment is friendly and relaxed, and the training curriculum very thorough and professional. The instructors were great at focusing on my weak points always finding time to provide extra help if needed, and the management are very friendly, approachable and on hand to work through any issues. The flying environment is incredible and has a good mix of challenges. I am definitely very happy I chose to train at NAC and I feel their skills and experience helped set me up really well for the commercial environment.
Nelson Aviation College is absolutely without a doubt one of the best places for a prospective pilot to start their career. Located in an amazing part of New Zealand, students have access to some of the most stunning scenery every single time they go flying. The training at NAC is incredibly thorough and relevant, and prepared me well for my first job in the industry in GA � it laid solid foundations for my career that have without a doubt helped me to safely build and enjoy my time in GA, as well as transitioning into an airline. The whole environment there is fantastic, both during the training itself, as well as any downtime outside of training - I look back fondly on my time at NAC and would not hesitate to recommend training there to any prospective student � it is absolutely one of the best decisions a pilot can make to start their career and will pay dividends for years to come.
Ben Darling - Cathay Pacific Second Officer (2016)
Laurence Hillyer - CPL, MEIR, Airline Preparation
Choosing the best possible flight school is the most important decision for someone who is wanting to embark on a career in Aviation. The formative steps that a student goes through in the ab-initio stages have a large impact on what sort of pilot they will become. So, needless to say, choosing a reputable flight school that teaches the fundamental basics correctly and creates a solid foundation of excellence to build on over the student's training period, is incredibly important.
Aviation is not an easy industry to build momentum and get ahead in, it is highly competitive and I truly believe that Nelson Aviation College graduates, due to their excellent processes, training and methodology have the upper hand in securing jobs in the industry.
The exposure that a Nelson Aviation College student gets to a variety of flying conditions, is second to none. A considerable amount of time is focussed on the skills involved in low flying, different terrain flying, mountain flying and of course, aerobatics. Students are constantly flying in uncontrolled and controlled airspace environment.. Preparing them for all aspects of operating later in their careers.
These are some of the things that makes for a sound pilot and I am so pleased that I was exposed to all of these aspects of flight training over my time as a student at Nelson Aviation College.
The NAC Management Team of Giles, Katrina and Jeremy are fantastic. I was kept on track the whole of my training and knew exactly what the expectations and the next hurdles were. Jeremy has an extraordinary wealth of knowledge and is more than happy to mentor and assist students. Some of my most memorable flights to date have been sitting next to Jeremy and experiencing this superb instruction, something that, I believe, you just wouldn't get at other institutions.
When I graduated from NAC, I managed to get a job in General Aviation dropping skydivers. I am now employed as a Second Officer with Cathay Pacific Airways. I truly believe that a number of the reasons I have progressed to this position and the timeframe I have achieved it in is due to the excellent training, experience and mentoring that I received as a student at NAC.
Go for it! And, enjoy every second and take each and every opportunity that you get presented with at Nelson Aviation College.