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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It is with sadness that we learn of the passing of Max Collett, aged 99. He was the last surviving New Zealand Spitfire pilot from the Second World War and flew with No. 485 (NZ) Squadron RAF. The @royalnzairforce will be conducting a Spitfire fly-past at the venue for Max's Memorial Service on Friday 6th January. The Spitfire will depart Ohakea at 10:50 and is expected to be overhead the Beth Shan Funeral Home in Napier at the conclusion of the service around 11:30 to 11:40. Blue Skies✈️ #rip
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#repost 5 Great War biplanes dancing in the sun☀️✈️ Another picture from our recent Warbirds on Parade airshow - this time of the popular WW1 display team. Thanks to Hayden Potter for allowing us to share his work👍 📷 @haydens.aviation 📍Ardmore Airport #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #biplane #aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #albatros #scout #triplane #greatwar #ww1 #airshow #show #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #auckland #ardmore #pioneer #nzmustdo #auckland
“Dawn Patrol” 🐯Tiger ZK-BLK waiting patiently for its flying activites to begin. 📷 @wairarapaflyingtigers 📍 Hood Aerodrome, NZ #Avgeek #Warbird #Aviation #biplane #tigermoth #tiger #moth #dh #dehavilland #gypsy #Adventure #Flight #KeepEmFlying #history #historic #NZ #newzealand #aotearoa #masterton #ThrillSeeking #WW2 #World #War #Formation #Unique #Outdoor #Recreation
With the arrival of ex RNZAF Vampire NZ5711 at Ardmore, we have begun searching for photographs documenting its unique history as it begins its next chapter of its life. This picture shows Aircraft Maintenance Squadron personnel at RNZAF Base Ohakea, 1972, posing next to NZ5711 when she was instructional airframe INST 206. 📷 RNZAF Official 📍Ohakea, New Zealand #keepemflying #warbird #avgeek #aviation #aviator #aviationlovers #aviationphotography #pilot #flying #flight #photographer #instagood #ghost #dehavilland #vampire #greatwar #ww1 #airshow #show #onlyinnz #nz #newzealand #aotearoa #auckland #ardmore
A flash back to a few years ago where this fabulous Sopwith Pup flew at the last Classic Fighters Airshow. It was a stunning Marlborough sunset 🌅 ✈️. We are looking forward to the next show during Easter🤩 📷Paul Johnston 📍Omaka Aerodrome #Avgeek #Warbird #Aviation #Adventure #sopwithpup #spowith #pup #KeepEmFlying #ThrillSeeking #WW1 #World #War #Formation #Unique #Outdoor #Recreation #biplane #vintage #aviator #radial #airshow #omaka
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