Have a private pilot’s licence?
We can assist you in obtaining the necessary rating to fly one of the sixty or so aircraft in our association, from a Tiger Moth to a DC3. The first requirement is that you belong to the particular syndicate that owns the aircraft.
In addition to biennial flight reviews (BFR’s) and type ratings, NZ Warbirds is CAA approved under Part 149 to conduct certain training and approvals which includes:
- Aerobatic ground course
- Aerobatic training and aerobatic rating i
ssues and renewals
- Display flying – ground and flight training and low level display approvals
- Formation flying – ground and flight training and FAST formation qualifications
NZ Warbirds has member Flight Instructors with C, B and A Cat ratings, both fixed wing and rotary and also approved Flight Examiners. They have a vast depth of experience with general aviation, military and airline backgrounds.
While we are not a ‘flying school’, we all keenly recognise that to remain viable in the 21st century, we need pilots with the skill, professionalism and enthusiasm to upgrade their expertise and take the challenge!
Flight Operations Team
Dave Brown Chief Flying Instructor (CFI)
Dave Brown joined the RNZAF in 1978 and flew Skyhawks with No 75 Squadron and was the StrikeMaster Display pilot in 1988 and 1989.
Dave is also Red 1 and leader of the Roaring Forties Harvard display team having been with the team since 2008 and has recently retired from airline flying.
Dean BeverleyDeputy Chief Flying Instructor
Our Deputy CFI, Dean Beverley joined the RNZAF in and spent most of his time flying transport aircraft such as Hawker Siddeley Andovers and Lockheed C-130 Hercules.
Dean is Red 2 in the Roaring Forties display team and also recently retired from airline flying.
Mark HelliwellOperations Manager
Mark served in the RNZAF from 1978 till 1985 flying BAC Strikemasters and McDonnell Douglas A-4K Skyhawk. He is currently a Boeing 777 captain for Air New Zealand. Mark oversees the operational activities of our organisation including our Pt115 flights operation and aircraft operations group.
He regularly flies our Yak-52 and is a member of the NZ Yak Formation Aerobatic team.