Foreign Licences

Flying in New Zealand with an Overseas Pilots Licence

  • If you have an overseas pilots licence and wish to enjoy all that New Zealand has to offer by air during your visit, we can assist you with obtaining a New Zealand Validation Permit. This will allow you to exercise the privileges of your pilots licence in New Zealand for up to 6 months.

    To qualify for the permit you will require the following:

    • Current PPL, CPL or ATPL licence issued by an ICAO member state
    • Appropriate and unexpired overseas Medical Certificate
    • Meet the ICAO English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements to at least level 4 which must be endorsed on each applicant’s overseas licence
    • Successfully complete a NZ Biennial Flight Review
    • Must have the equivalent of all the NZ PPL minimum flight experience requirements, including dual instrument instruction, PPL terrain and weather awareness and low flying
    • Must have an overseas type rating for the aircraft of intended use
    • Additional requirements apply to exercise the privileges of a CPL or ATPL licence

    For more information on the New Zealand Validation Permit please refer to the link below:

    https://www.aviation.govt.nz/assets/licensing-and-certification/flight-crew-recognition.pdf

Conversion of an Overseas Pilots Licence to a New Zealand Pilots Licence

In New Zealand for longer than 6 months or would like something more permanent. We can also assist you with converting your overseas pilots licence to a New Zealand Pilots Licence.

To qualify for the PPL Licence Conversion you will require the following:

  • Current PPL, CPL or ATPL licence issued by an ICAO member state
  • Appropriate and unexpired overseas Medical Certificate (which may be used after the successful licence conversion until which time it expires and then the appropriate NZ medical certificate must be obtained)
  • Meet the ICAO English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements to at least level 4
  • Successfully complete a NZ Biennial Flight Review
  • Must have the equivalent of all the NZ PPL minimum flight experience requirements, including dual instrument instruction, PPL weather and terrain awareness. (Where applicable, this time may be completed in NZ)
  • Complete the Fit and Proper Person documentation including providing criminal and driving records from any country that you have resided in for a period of 6 or more months within the past 5 years
  • Additional requirements apply for the Conversion of CPL and ATPL licences including minimum flight operations experience, passes in New Zealand Air Law written examinations for the appropriate level of licence and successful completion of a flight test

For more information on the New Zealand Pilot Licence Conversion please refer to the link below:

https://www.aviation.govt.nz/assets/licensing-and-certification/flight-crew-recognition.pdf

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