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.

  • What a birthday gift from my family. A stunning flight and my wife said my smile after climbing (clambering) out of the cockpit was to be seen. Gary my pilot was totally professional and made it all so enjoyable.

    Malcolm G June 2019

  • 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

  • On the Ardmore Airport (the busiest airport in the southern hemisphere) are two hangers of war planes. I have lived nearby for years and the planes often fly over my house but I have never before visited the exhibition. They have a Spitfire, a P45 Mustang, a Skyhawk and many many more aircraft. Almost all of them still fly. I was fascinated by the pre-WWII planes. The beauty of the engineering is fascinating and there are not many places you can get so close to the planes. You can also pay to have a flight in many of he planes. That is something I am planning for later in the year. The staff were all very helpful and knowledgeable. I will be taking all my visitors there in future.

    Howard A January 2020


Yak ZK-XXS at @classicflyers.nz for a Bay of Plenty TikiTour. A few other NZ Warbird members are visiting airfields around the Coromandel today with rides being carried out at Pauanui. 👍☀️😎 #yak52 #avgeek #warbird #summer #Tauranga #nz #nzwarbirds
Something new has arrived in our WW1 Hangar. The Canberra team have been hard at work on WT436s fuselage with final touch ups being applied including the silver fern to the roundels. Today she was relocated to a temporary new home in the WW1 hangar until a more permanent location is organised in the main hangar. Watch this space. #canberra #restoration #nzwarbirds #warbird #avgeek #roundel #silverfern #rnzaf #onlyatardmore
P40E ZK-MOM 1st test flight - a real stunner👍 #P40 #Kittyhawk #p40kittyhawk #Allison #curtis #pioneeraero #nzwarbirdsatardmore #wherewarbirdsfly #ardmoreairport #warbird #Avgeek #Aviation #aviator #nz #onlyinnz #auckland #restoration #heritage
🐎 Our resident NA P-51D Mustang (ZK-TAF) taxing in after a successful adventure flight from a few years ago. 📷 @stu_65 📍 Ardmore Airport #warbird #Avgeek #keepemflying #NZWarbirdsAtArdmore #nzmustdo #mustang #p51 #p51mustang #Adventure #Aviation #aviator #nz #auckland #OnlyAtArdmore
Jet blast from the past...🚀 Ex RNZAF Strikemaster NZ6370 with DH.115 Vampire T.55 ZK-RVM at Wings over Wairarapa several years ago. #jet #strikemaster#vampire #formation #Aviation #Avgeek #aviator #warbird #KeepEmFlying #onlyinnz #nzwarbirds #nz #dh115 #dh100
No filter! A repeat, but worth repeating. Taken just after landing and still hot 🔥 #v12 #supermarinespitfire #adventureflightsnz #nzwarbirdsatardmore #wherewarbirdsfly #ardmoreairport #keepemflying
Harvard 57 being put through her paces on an adventure flight earlier this year ✈️ #nzmustdo #aviation #gopro #warbirds #adventure #avgeek
NZ Warbirds at Ardmore is open SUNDAYS only. Find everything you need to know about visiting here.
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