Leaders in education and training of UAV & RPAS in New Zealand & Australia.


Flyuav is an industry focused training school that places value on teaching industry professionals about operating safely, efficiently and professionally.

Flyuav’s training is run by some of Australasia’s most experienced drone pilots which extensive backgrounds in Television, Media, Asset Inspection, surveillance, and general aviation.

Flyuav has developed a training programme that is fine-tuned for the needs of today’s drone industry. Flyuav will not teach you how to be an airline pilot, it won’t teach you about theoretical nonsense, we won’t put you in a classroom of 15 or more candidates nor will we put you with instructors that only know about aviation from the manned sector.

While there are theoretical modules to learn, Flyuav believes the best way to arm its customers is to conduct a mixture of theory, practical flying and operational scenario-based learning modules. All modules are developed from industry experience – some good and some hard lessons learned along the way.

Due to COVID 19 FlyUAV was once again an industry leader and developed an online Virtual Classroom to continue in the training of New Zealand Drone Pilots. This virtual classroom is not a lecture room and its definitely not a video. You and the other participants are on camera and interacting with the classroom in the same way as you would if you were sitting together. The main bonus is you are unable to catch what every the other person may or may not have, you cant smell their socks and you can do it all from the comfort of your home or office. You even save a truck load on travelling to a course or sitting in traffic.

An added bonus is on our training courses we often have guests whom sign in from industry and from CAA to offer their gold nuggets to file away. It has truly made a positive difference to the way we train. Some candidates are apprehensive but always feel it was an effective way to train after the fact.

The practical component is booked in with our Part 102 Examiners whom will either meet you in the main centres around New Zealand of Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch or can meet you anyway in between upon request.

This way you and your other candidates are totally COVID safe and you still receive the FlyUAV experience.

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Basic Pilot Certificate (Part 101)

Duration          1 Day
Cost                 $560+GST

You don’t know what you don’t know……

While it is not a legal requirement to have a license to fly a drone in NZ you must comply with all the rules. For someone that is new to aviation, this can be a daunting and easily misunderstood task.

Not only will we teach you how to use your drone but also how to do so safely and within the rule framework.

We will teach you to keep yourself and others safe and have fun .

If you plan on using a drone commercially it is important to understand that all employers are responsible to ensure that staff and/ or contractors are trained to use all plant and equipment in the workplace and this includes drones. Once you have completed the course you will gain a certificate of competency which meets this requirement.

If operating within 4km of Airports and helipads you must also complete a course of training to make your flights legal. There are some exemptions to this and we are happy to discuss them with you and see if this course is right for you.

On this course you will learn:

CAA laws relevant to drone operations
Human Factors and Airman-ship
Maps and map reading
Basic Weather
Hazard minimisation techniques
HSE Legal requirements including PCBU
Aircraft systems
Basic Emergency Procedures
Safe RPAS Flying Techniques
Pilot and Aircraft Limitations
Pre/ Post Flight Checklists
Setting fail safe functions
Safe takeoff and landing areas
Battery condition and monitoring

You will finish your Course with an exam and a Flight Test. Successful completion of this course will enable you to work legally having been trained on your equipment and allows you to fly within 4km of aerodromes with the airport operators agreement.

Advanced Pilot Certificate (Part 102)

Duration:         3 Days
Cost                 $1199+GST

If you have been flying within the 101 framework and now need to operate outside some of those rules then the advanced pilot certificate is for you.

This is a blended course run over three days. Day one is the Basic Pilot Training Course (above), Day two is theory, Practical flying and Scenario Based Learning and day three is more flying, exam and flight test. If you have completed the Basic Pilot Certificate then you will only attend the second and third day. We can also offer Recognition of Prior Learning for some pilot qualifications. Call us to discuss.

This course teaches pilots how to operate legally with some documented and accepted variations to Rule 101 that you and the CAA have agreed on.

You will learn how to operate within the 102 environment which varies from other course providers that just teach you about the rules. We pride ourselves on delivering industry ready pilots though our scenario based learning programme and Part 102 Preparation module. Building on Part 101 knowledge you will learn about:

Threat and error management
Human factors that effect safety
Situational awareness and airmanship
Maintenance programmes
Pilot Currency programmes
Rapid Risk Assessments
Fatigue Management
Aviation weather that effects drone safety
Advanced aviation documentation for flights around airports
Using Part 102 variations and how they work
Setting up Standard Operating Procedures
Systems Architecture and limitations
Emergency Procedures
Safe operations of your RPAS in practical training
Achieving successful outcomes in hazardous environments

At the end of this course you will also sit a quiz and your first Operational Competency Demonstration (OCA). On successful completion you will be issued with an Advanced Pilot Certificate which enables you to work on a CAA issued Part 102 Certificate.

It its also important to understand that an Advanced Pilot Certificate can only be used if you are flying on a CAA approved Unmanned Air Operators Certificate (UAOC). If you are not joining an existing Part 102 you must also apply for a Unmanned Air Operators Certificate of your own. We can help you with that and have done so with a fair chunk of the existing Part 102 with our Exposition and Consultancy Service.

Not only will you train with us but we will teach you how to maximize the variations that we craft for you building on nearly 20 years in the aviation industry

How to be a Prime Person Course:

Duration: One Day

Part of becoming a Certificated Part 102 Operator is to nominate someone to become the Prime Person. This person carries the responsibilities of the operation, training of staff, ongoing compliance, overseeing all the safety aspects and is ultimately responsible to the Civil Aviation Authority with regards to all things involved in the organisation. Its a daunting task especially as the Prime Person often is NOT part of the flying team and often has not received any training.

This course is designed to take a budding Prime Person from zero to having an understanding of their role and responsibilities, to gain valuable experience with implementing safety procedures and goals. how to manage a flying operation from being the sole pilot to a team, understanding the CAA rules and the CAA Act, understanding about safety reporting, accidents and incidents, hazard and risk mitigation for a Part 102 organisation and how to investigate when it all goes wrong.

This course will prepare you for your Prime Person interview as part of your CAA Part 102 Application and it will give you tools to remain a safe and compliant organisation once certificated.

Courses are conducted in small groups and are available upon request. Please get in touch to make a booking

Flight Training

Duration:          Houly
Cost                 $105/hr+GST

If you are new to operating your drone and want someone to assist you to learn to operate it then we can offer flight training lessons. We can help you prepare for an Operational Competency Demonstration or maybe offer a few tricks and tips to assist with a Pilot Exam.

It is a great way to learn new skills such as flight modes, autonomous modes and apps such as Pix4 Capture or Maps Made Easy.

This is conducted on an hourly basis and find most people don’t require more than 2-3 hours one on one.

Upcoming Training courses

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Part 102

Part 101
All Courses

All Courses are run in our online virtual classroom and flight tests are conducted in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch or an examiner can travel to your region at request.

Upcoming Courses:
15/16/17 December 2021 – 2 Places Remaining

7/8/9 December 2021 – 3 Places Remaining

18/19/20 January 2022 – 6 Places Remaining

Other course dates for groups available on request
In person courses available on request

*Please note that course applications close 10 days prior to the course start and all course fees are due in advance. Places are not confirmed until course fees are received

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