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Training to become a Gyrocopter Pilot

RAANZ (Recreational Aircraft Association of NZ) is an organization delegated by the NZ Civil Aviation Authority to administer the microlight pilot certificates and ratings.

To start flight training, you need to be a member of RAANZ, sign a fit and proper person declaration form and obtain a medical certificate from your local GP.

You must be at least 16 years of age to fly solo.

You begin with a Novice Pilot Certificate and with further training and more flight hours can upgrade to Advanced Certificates with more privileges including passenger ratings.

Flight Training

After you have done a familiarisation and Effect of Controls flight, the next lessons will be:

Straight and Level - Learning to fly the gyro at a constant height, speed and direction

Climbing and Descending - Learning to climb and descend with constant airspeed and direction and leveling off at pre-selected altitudes

Turns - Medium and steep turns as well as climbing and descending turns

Rotor Management - Safely controlling the rotor disc on take-off and after landing.

Slow Flight - Controlling the gyro at slow speeds in different phases of flight.

Emergencies - Simulated engine failures after take-off and above 1000 feet.

Circuits - Take-off and landings and flying an orderly pattern relative to the runway

Airfield Departing and Joining Procedures and

Cross Countries - Navigating and map reading between different aerodromes.

Ground Training

There are 7 exams to do and with ground school are easily attainable with a 70% pass mark required.

  • Flight Radio
  • Human Factors
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Air Law
  • Aircraft Technical Knowledge
  • Gyroplane Technical Knowledge.