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Southern Wings

Private Training Establishment

Southern Wings is built on a heritage of flight training since 1935. It is one of New Zealand’s original aviation colleges, operated by people who are passionate about flying and assisting others to become pilots. The college is superbly equipped with modern aircraft and comfortable teaching facilities. It operates a varied, well-maintained fleet suitable for all training purposes.
Southern Wings is interested in quality; we do not aspire to be the biggest, just the best.
Our dedication to quality aviation training and safety earned us the CAA Directors Award for an Organisation in 2015. Our personalised service with deliberately small class sizes, and both practical and theory qualifications that are highly valued by those in the aviation industry are all features you’ll enjoy when you land a place with Southern Wings.
Southern Wings is an Air New Zealand Preferred Flight Training Organisation (FTO). There are only four FTOs in New Zealand and Southern Wings is the only with two bases. By choosing to train with Southern Wings, prospective pilots will be assured they are:
• Joining a flight training programme designed to produce commercial airline pilots;
• Likely to succeed as they have met airline styled entry criteria for programme selection;
• Going to be interacting with airline personnel;

The New Zealand Diploma in Aviation course that Southern Wings provides has three streams; General Aviation, Instructor and Airline Preparation. All students of these streams will complete a Private Licence (PPL) and Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). After that the completion requirements depend on the stream chosen.
For the Airline Preparation stream, students will complete a PPL, CPL, Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR) and all of their ATPL theory. Then they will undergo a secondary selection process for entry into the Airline Integration Course (AIC).

Contact Southern Wings
Physical address

76 Airport Avenue
9879 Invercargill
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Phone numbers

64 3 2186171

Southland is a land of rugged coast and rolling plains, world-renowned Bluff oysters and the launching place for a visit to Stewart Island.

Southland’s largest centre is Invercargill. If you’re a garden lover you must see Queens Park and its 80 hectares of tree-lined walkways and diverse gardens. The city turns on the hospitality so, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay, you’ll find plenty of friendly and high standard accommodation.

Half an hour from Invercargill is the fishing port of Bluff. Known for its fabulous seafood, this is the place to taste the famous Bluff oysters. If you like bird watching, catch a ferry to Stewart Island where you’ll find a haven for native bird life and the only place in New Zealand where you have a fair chance of seeing kiwi in their native habitat.

And speaking of wildlife, head along the coast to the Catlins. The Catlins River Walk leads you through beech forest and is known for its hidden waterfalls and rare native birds. At Curio Bay you’ll find fossilized trees, over 180 million years old, embedded in coastal bedrock. And at Nugget Point you’ll find fur seals, sea lions, sooty shearwaters, shags, yellow-eyed penguins, spoonbills and a breeding colony of gannets. And if you look closely, you may see Hector's dolphins frolicking out in the waves.
Main centres: 



Bluff, Gore, Halfmoon Bay (oban), Owaka, Winton

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
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