Flight training NZ - NZ Warbirds

Flight Training

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 issues 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.

  • Enjoyed watching the airshows. Never saw anything like that before! Would really recommend it and it's worth the ticket.

    sheemalshivani December 2022

  • Wow, thats an amzing day full of discovery and nature. Loved the cruise! You guys rock.

    Mike McVey Gisborne NZ

  • Lovely cafe with a great view of all the planes taking off. The museum guides are super friendly and my son absolutely loves coming here. Highly recommended.

    Dianechen10 February 2020

  • Fantastic opportunity to get up close to some of the icons of New Zealand’s aviation history - with the majority being flyable examples. Knowable guides to fill in any gaps in your own knowledge. Topped off by an amazing scale model collection.

    MarkR986 October 2020

  • Interesting guided visit around the War Birds Facility, get up close to the war planes. Beautiful display. Would suggest combine with a visit to the Auckland Botanical Gardens. A Great Auckland Day Out.

    Sandra S February 2020

  • Amazing collection of aircraft. Lovely staff and well worth the drive from Auckland .if lucky enough to be at the weekend, you may see the incredible aircraft flying.

    274peterr December 2022

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The Roaring Forties returning from the recent Classic Flyers Aero Day 2024 with Ardmore Airport in the distance. 📸 Paul Johnston #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #harvard #northamerican#aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #pioneer #purenz #IfYouSeekNZ
CORSAIR FLYING TODAY! Corsair NZ5648 will be flying today (Sunday 14th) with takeoff at 1100am. Come down to NZ Warbirds at Ardmore and check it out. #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #corsair #fg1d #voughtchance #aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #pioneer #purenz #ifyouseeknz
Battle of Britain Flypast✅. It’s always privilege to commemorate such an historic day in aircraft of the same era. Did you see us? 📷Rob New #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #lestweforget #battleofbritain #harvard #northamerican#aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #pioneer #purenz #IfYouSeekNZ
Good news for NZ warbird enthusiasts with the confirmation that the FG-1D Corsair ZK-COR took to the skies yesterday after a 6 year hiatus in storage. Newly rated Corsair pilot Frank Parker took this picture yesterday of his view flying the historic fighter to Omaka from Hood Aerodrome. We can’t wait to see this aircraft performing at airshows again! It’s been long over due. #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #corsair #fg1d #vought #voughtf4ucorsair #harvard #northamerican#aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #pioneer #purenz #ifyouseeknz
Another photo from Warbirds on Parade 2023. Strikemaster 72 in the hands of pilot and owner Charles Davies showing off those classic Blunty lines. 😍 It has been awesome having this machine on display at NZ Warbirds at Ardmore while it has received some maintenance from the team at Pioneer Aero. 📷 @bertscoolpics 📍Ardmore Airport #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #bac #strikemaster #jetprovost #aerobatics#aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #airshow #show #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa ##pioneer #purenz #IfYouSeekNZ #viper
#epic “Because I was inverted” 😎 Top side of P-51D Mustang ZK-TAF flown by Graham Bethell from our big Kings Birthday show as captured by Neville Bailey. 📷 Neville Bailey 📍 Ardmore Airport #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #northamerican #p51 #p51mustang #mustang #p51dmustang #aerobatics #aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #airshow #show #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa ##pioneer #purenz #ifyouseeknz
Mellow Yellow? Harvard 78 flown by Jeff Hunter at last Sunday’s Warbirds on Parade. 📷@sierra_tango_uniform @stu_65 #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #aerobatics #harvard #t6 #aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #airshow #show #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa ##pioneer #purenz #IfYouSeekNZ
Achtung! Spitfire!🔥 MH367 banking tight at Warbirds on Parade 2023. 📷 @sierra_tango_uniform @stu_65 📍 Ardmore Airport #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #supermarinespitfire #supermarine #spitfire #aerobatics #aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #airshow #show #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa ##pioneer #purenz #IfYouSeekNZ #merlin
It almost doesn’t look real 👀 But it is! Albatros DVa replica ZK-ARS captured by Paul at our recent Warbirds on Parade airshow. What a great show! 📷Paul Johnston 📍Ardmore Airport #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #ww1 #albatros #aerobatics#aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #airshow #show #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #pioneer #purenz #IfYouSeekNZ
We are go for Sunday!😁 We have been busy setting up for our big show tomorrow and the weather looks to be okay at this stage. There was plenty of flying activity at Ardmore with various aircraft getting up to practice their routines. Also a few aircraft have flown in who are visiting for tomorrow including Strikemaster 72 from Wellington. A few things to keep in mind: 🔘Gates open at 9am and displays start at 10:30am. Tentative display program is now up on our website as well as our airshow display map. 🔘Directions to get to Ardmore can be found here👇 https://nzwarbirds.org.nz/contact/travelling_to_warbirds_on_parade/ 🔘Remember access to the show and parking is via the Hamlin Road entrance ONLY! 🔘Unfortunately NO dogs are allowed at the show except for registered service dogs. 🔘Tickets are still available via iTICKET and Yes tickets can be purchased at the gate👇. https://www.iticket.co.nz/events/2023/jun/warbirds-on-parade We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow. Spread the word! #keepemflying
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AIRSHOW! Warbirds on Parade - Sunday 10 March 2024. For all of the latest developments - including what's on show - click here.
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