Massey University School of Aviation

Massey University,University Avenue,Turitea,Palmerston North,4442

0800 627739

Massey University School of Aviation

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Massey University School of Aviation is a Part 141 certified flight training organisation for both manned and unmanned aircraft, and holds ISO 9001:2008 Certification.

In 2017 The Royal Aeronautical Society of NZ recognised the School's contribution to aviation safety in the agricultural sector by awarding the School the E.A. Gibson Award for innovation or other form of excellence within the field of agricultural aviation in New Zealand.

The Massey University course-  "RPAS: Introducton to Regulations and Operator Conduct " offers a syllabus centred around safe operating practices featuring hands-on scenarios and practical demonstrations by industry experts. 

Course participants will be challenged to resolve a number of scenarios directly pertinent to safe operation of RPAS. It is designed to introduce NZ RPAS operators to aviation regulations and safety processes to enhance the safety of RPAS operations in NZ. The initial two days of theory is delivered by current flight instructors from the School of Aviation, followed on the third day by an RPAS Flight Examination.  On successful completion of the course candidates are awarded the Massey University Certificate of Competency - RPAS - Endorsed Multi-Rotor .

This certificate complies with the initial training requirements for Part 102 operators. It is an approved Pilot Qualification which entitles candidates to fly or supervise a multi-rotor operation within 4km of an aerodrome with the aerodrome operator’s agreement.

This course has been developed by Flight Instructors who are experienced at introducing students to aviation.

All enquiries welcome.


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— nalvagree

I thought the course was very worthwhile and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend other drone user also attend. The way it was presented worked really well and covered a lot of information without getting too heavy.

— Josh Webster

I found the RPAS training that Massey provided very relevant and useful. I feel much more informed now that I understand the technical details required to operate RPAS safely and professionally in the airspace. The delivery of the course was just excellent. I really appreciated having the time to discuss various aspects of operations with the other students and your patience in answering every question that students had. It’s obvious that you have worked hard to provide a professional service and I really appreciate it. The RPAS course was a great investment for my business and I’m looking forward to attending any further courses that you may provide.

— Bevin Lealand
Quadcam Drones LTD

An excellent course! Covering many facets of RPAS operation and regulations in the current commercial environment. Highly recommend.

— Guy Pottinger
The Dive Productions Ltd

Terrific introduction to RPAS regulations. Lots of relevant practical information regarding threats to safe operation, aviation radio use, chart reading, issuing a NOTAM, and a trip to the Palmerston North airport control tower. All drone operators should take this course.

— Dave Allen

Great course in RPAS regulations as well as relevant general aviation skills and info (map-reading, radio regs, information sources, etc). Lots of useful information in addition to the essential parts and the instructors know their stuff.

— Ben Jolly
Landcare Research

A great and informative introduction to RPAS for our future UAV pilots. Following this course we have followed through on a UAV purchase and this course fulfills part of our 102 Certification requirements that we are working towards.

— Jason Blair
Fulton Hogan

Great course, both content and delivery. Really enjoyed the practical and theory side of it.

— Mick Finn
Science Films NZ