Why Learn To Fly In NZ?

Jul 23, 2018

Well because it’s the most beautiful country to learn to fly in of course! With rugged snow-capped mountains, deep valleys smothered in untouched rainforest, sparkling glacier fed Lakes, wild wind swept hills and some of the most stunning beaches found anywhere in the world – who wouldn’t want a front row seat above all that?… (read more)

Man In Solo Aircraft

First Solo Flight – What To Expect

May 31, 2018

One of the defining moments in most pilots’ lives, one they will never forget is their first solo flight. No matter what type of aircraft you are training in the very first solo is a rewarding and exhilarating experience. Learning to fly might be a weekend hobby, intended career path or just something you have… (read more)

Airliner Taking Off

How To Make A Crosswind Landing

Feb 20, 2018

Most pilots would agree landing in a crosswind can be challenging at the best of times. For new pilots or trainee pilots however is it often one of the biggest challenges to master when learning to fly. Most pilots prefer to land into a head wind as this gives greater control over the aircraft, however… (read more)

Students in Cockpit

7 Common Mistakes Made On A Practical Flying Test

Dec 12, 2017

Practical flight testing is used within the aviation industry to establish competency in the skills required for aircraft pilot’s certification and additional endorsements. These in flight tests are carried out by certified examiners in applicable aircraft and conditions. The examiner acts as an observer during the duration of the flight, only taking control of the aircraft… (read more)

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula

Top 3 Scenic Flights In Auckland

Oct 24, 2017

Enjoy spectacular scenic flights over Auckland City, around the sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf, over the famous West Coast beaches at Piha, high above the stunning picturesque shores of Waiheke and Rangitoto Islands or further afield to the beautiful Coromandel Peninsula. The professional flight team at Southern Wings offer the opportunity to take in… (read more)

Drone Sunset

Drone Regulations In New Zealand

Sep 8, 2017

After a surge in the popularity of flying remotely operated miniature aircraft, commonly referred to as drones, understandably there have been concerns raised regarding privacy and safety issues surrounding their use. Controlled air spaces, large crowds of people and use over a person’s private property are of particularly concern. The increased use of drones has… (read more)

Female Pilot In Hangar

How To Become A Pilot In New Zealand

Jul 24, 2017

Becoming a pilot in New Zealand is a highly specialised career choice. Professional flight training can lead to a very rewarding career, both within New Zealand and around the world. Being a professional pilot takes dedication, responsibility and perseverance as well as significant financial commitment. While some flight training courses involve full time integrated theory… (read more)