Foreign Pilot Licence Conversion

If you are planning a trip to New Zealand and want to go for a scenic flight or a trip around the country, we can offer you:

  • A dual flight with an instructor. Our instructors are available to join you on any scenic flight or cross-country flight to provide assistance for the best possible views that our beautiful country has to offer.
  • Or if you wish to complete an application for a foreign licence validation or convert your overseas pilot licence to a permanent New Zealand pilot licence. We are well rehearsed in the validation process and most of the paperwork can be completed prior to your trip. Once you have made initial contact with us, we will inform you of what documents to scan and email to us. Additionally, we will assess your flying experience to see if you meet the requirements for NZ PPL and discuss what training you will have to complete when you get to NZ. If there are no other requirements, we will forward an application for a validation permit, without the BFR (Biennial Flight Review). Once you arrive in NZ, you will conduct the last requirement which is to complete your BFR and additional training flights if required (depending on your level of experience).

The validation permit is valid for a maximum of 6 months and requires the applicant to sit a BFR in one of the aircraft types you plan on flying during this 6-month period. A practical test is required to be sat with a NZ ‘A’ or ‘B’ Category instructor (BFR) and;

  • A copy of your current overseas flight crew licence, your current overseas Medical certificate, logbook pages providing evidence of type of aircraft flown, evidence of terrain awareness/mountain flying experience to PPL level (total of 5 hours flight time) and evidence of Aviation Language Proficiency to a Level 4 and an application fee of $197.00 (incl. GST)

If you would like to convert your licence to a permanent New Zealand licence, the following is required:

  • A copy of your current overseas Flight Crew Licence, your current overseas Medical Certificate if applying for a NZ PPL or a NZ CAA Medical Examination Class One for NZ CPL, a completed NZ BFR (flight test conducted by a NZ ‘A’ or ‘B’ Category instructor) and the flight time experience  for the issue of a NZ PPL or a copy of a completed NZ CPL Flight Test (conducted by a Flight Examiner for the issue of a NZ CPL), a pass in NZ Air Law for the issue of a NZ CPL, assessment letter from Aviation Services LTD for the issue of a NZ CPL. Completed fit and proper person questionnaire (including criminal history report from any countries you have resided in for 6 months or more in the last 5 years), proof of Aviation Language Proficiency to at least a Level 4. Fee of $231.00

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