About the College

About the College

General Overview

 
The Nelson Aviation College was established at Motueka in 1978.  We are a high profile training organisation with consistently high pass rates, giving us an highly regarded reputation worldwide.  Pilot trainees from over 24 countries have attended Nelson Aviation College for both Helicopter and Fixed Wing training.

During recent years, Nelson Aviation College has trained pilots for overseas airlines and internationally recognised helicopter companies, plus many individually enrolled students. Graduates from previous courses are employed by a number of aviation companies and airlines both within New Zealand and overseas.

Nelson Aviation College is approved and accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Under the NZQA guidelines, Nelson Aviation College has developed a Diploma in Aviation programme which consists of full time training from ab initio to Commercial Pilot Licence and Multi Engine Instrument Rating with an option of either a Frozen ATPL or an Instructor Rating. 
 
Please click here to read our latest NZQA External Evaluation and Review written by the New Zealand Qualification Authority.
 
Our reputation has developed because all Nelson Aviation College instructors are dedicated to the common goal of seeing our students succeed as professional pilots. The pass rates achieved reflect the high standards set by Nelson Aviation College.
 
Our Core Values:
  • Our word is everything
  • Students are people not numbers
  • Near enough is not good enough
  • Passion for teaching
  • Zest for aviation
  • Have fun
 
We believe that our personalised approach assists trainees to attain both a high standard of flying skill and a professional attitude towards the aviation environment.  With increasing numbers of aircraft in the skies, the emphasis on flight safety has never been more important. With thorough effective training, students will gain complete safety awareness as they develop their skills and knowledge.