The following entry requirements must be met before you embark on any kind of pilot training in New Zealand with Southern Wings.

  1. Be at least 18.
  2. Be eligible to hold a New Zealand student visa.  Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration website for more details:
  3. Have medical and travel insurance
  4. Complete the ADAPT pilot prescreening tool at:
  5. Follow the aviation link to complete the pilot pre-screening test.  You need to score “Average” or above.  A grade of “Below Average” will only be acceptable in individually assessed special circumstances.
  6. Four years secondary schooling in a country where the first language is English; or an IELTS overall score of 6.0, with no sub-part (reading, writing, listening, or speaking) below 6.0.
  7. Some experience of being around aircraft, or provides evidence of self motivated efforts to educate themselves about aircraft and the profession of being a pilot.
  8. The equivalent of the New Zealand secondary school qualification of NCEA Level 3 Certificate with;
    • At least 14 Level 3 credits in an English rich subject, and
    • At least 14 Level 3 credits in a numbers orientated subject
    • All academic  transcripts must be provided in English.
      • A New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority Medical Certificate, Class 1. This can be obtained in your home country, however, if there is no NZCAA medical practitioner in your country, you may be accepted onto the course without the Class 1 medical as long as you are confident you can obtain a class 1 medical certificate. Once you are in New Zealand. If you get to New Zealand and cannot obtain a class 1 medical, your enrolment on the course will be cancelled and you will be sent home. Please refer to the NZCAA website for more information on medicals.
        • Supply one character reference and two other references
          • A copy of your Curriculum Vitae
            • Once you have passed a flight test and are able to apply for a NZCAA pilots licence, the CAA fit and proper person status applies. Students are required to produce a character reference and two referees, produce a criminal record history from the Ministry of Justice and a Land Transport offence history from Land Transport New Zealand. An up to date criminal conviction report showing a conviction free period of at least three years prior to the date on which training will commence and no more that one conviction for drink driving. This is available form the Ministry of Justice and can take up to 4 weeks. If you have lived overseas within a 5 year period for more than 6 months you will be required to provide criminal history information from that country.
              An up to date Demerit Points and Suspension History Report (Traffic Offence History) showing a maximum of 75 demerit points within the three years immediately prior to the date on which training will commence. This is available from Land Transport New Zealand. If you have lived overseas within a 5 year period for more than 6 months you will be required to provide transport history information from that country.

Selection Interview Criteria

As a signatory to the New Zealand Aviation Industry Association Incorporated Flight Training Code of Practice. The interview must show that candidates demonstrate;

  1. A genuine interest in an aviation career which must include a written statement by the candidate.
  2. Appropriate information from background checks, character references and/or referees statements.
  3. Above average communication skills with emphasis on being a member of a team.
  4. A positive and open attitude to learning.
  5. Self motivation and self awareness.
  6. A person of sound judgement who is able to demonstrate clear decision making skills.
  7. Responsibility and maturity.