A world-class career as a Professional Pilot starts with world-class training.

New Zealand Diploma in Aviation Flight Instructor Programme

Please note we are currently not accepting applications for this programme.

This is New Zealanders fastest route into the airline as it has an opportunity of Flight Instructor employment with L3Harris Airline Academy tagged on the end. New Zealand has a prerequisite of experience before applying, therefore as an Instructor you are earning a salary and building hours rapidly in time for the airlines.

Our Diploma in Aviation Flight Instructor Programme has the benefits of high-quality, focused professional flight training combined with a well-respected tertiary educational qualification.

You will graduate with:

  • Private Pilot License (PPL)
  • Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
  • Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR)
  • C Category Flight Instructor Rating
  • New Zealand Diploma in Aviation (Level 6) Aeroplane Flight Instruction Strand
Real-Time Aircraft Tracking and Communication System

All training fleet at our New Zealand Airline Academy are equipped with Spidertracks, the trusted industry leader in satellite aircraft tracking, fleet management and communication solutions, who are propelled every day to help make the aviation community a safer place to live and operate in. Today Spidertracks is the leading and most trusted provider of aircraft fleet tracking, communication, and safety management solutions for thousands of aircraft across the world.

Entry criteria

Our graduates are considered to be among the best in the industry – it all begins with rigorous selection.


17 years of age at the date of application.

Education and English language

NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) with at least 14 Credits (at Level 3) for each of the following:

  • An English Rich Subject; Biology, Classical Studies, Economics, English, Geography, History, Art History, Media Studies or other accepted subject.

  • A Numeracy Rich Subject; Accounting, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics or other accepted subject.


A Trade Qualification (at a minimum of Level 4)


A PPL Theory Credit (six examinations) obtained within an 8 week period, with a maximum of two fails.


Hold an unrestricted NZ CAA Class 1 Medical Certificate prior to commencement of training (endorsements and/or restrictions will be assessed on a case by case basis)


Have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand.
Be fluent in English (verbal and written)*.

Background and selection

Consent to a criminal record check.

In support of your application you will need to provide a criminal record and driving record which can take up to 8 weeks to obtain. Once you receive these documents please colour scan these to pilotcareersnz.cts@L3Harris.com and request for these to be added to your file by using your application ID number for the team to correctly identify you. You can request your criminal record by visiting https://www.justice.govt.nz/.

To request your New Zealand driving record visit http://www.nzta.govt.nz/driver-licences/getting-a-licence/confirming-your-licence-details/.

Your medical is due prior to commencement of training, however for information on the requirements of obtaining a New Zealand CAA class 1 medical please refer to http://www.caa.govt.nz/medical/medical-home/.

For non-native English speakers, you will be required to present a certificate prior to training commencement demonstrating you have achieved International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or an equivalent of at Level 5.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any individual area (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). This must be the Academic test, not General Training.

Any non-native English speakers will need to undertake an assessment at a CAA approved ELP Testing Organisation (see CAA Standards Document No. 31) for a formal assessment of their English language Proficiency level prior to license issue.

Application screening
Application screening

Your application will be screened by our selection team who will contact you if you pass our screening.

Selection day
Selection day

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an assessment day at a cost of NZ$295.


For those who pass the initial phase, the afternoon of your assessment day involves a mini-lesson and an interview with our selection team.

Cost and funding

Total NZ$140,853 (including GST) funding includes:

  • NZ$83,128 – Student Loan or personal funding
  • NZ$17,725 – Personal funding (payable in four instalments over 12 months)
  • NZ$40,000 – Sponsorship funding from L3Harris Airline Academy New Zealand

Additional fees:

  • NZ$300 + GST per week – optional accommodation excluding food and transport
  • NZ$295 – Selection fee

Sourcing funding

To support the profession of flight instruction in New Zealand, L3Harris Airline Academy is offering a unique and innovative sponsorship that provides (subject to terms & conditions):

  1. Employment as a flight instructor with L3Harris Airline Academy in New Zealand upon satisfactory completion of training and subject to job availability
  2. Simple finance solution through New Zealand Government Student Loan Scheme to achieve a well-regarded New Zealand Diploma in Aviation as well as professional pilot qualificationsSelection activity for this program is held in Hamilton, New Zealand.
  3. Find out if your eligible for up to $12,000 fees-free towards your training https://www.feesfree.govt.nz/