Learning to fly is both easy and inexpensive when you come to the Canterbury Recreational Aircraft Club, for between just $1k - $3k most people can learn to fly solo in our aircraft and with a bit of study achieve the RAANZ Advanced Microlight Pilot Certificate to allow them to fly all over the country.
The first thing you need to do is to arrange a trial instructional flight. Contact one of the instructors listed below and arrange a flight where you will get to fly the aircraft.
Once you have decided that you want to learn to fly, you will need to have your GP complete a Medical Certificate for you, and you will also need to complete a Fit & Proper Person Declaration. Take the completed forms to your instructor (at your next lesson) Your Instructor will then arrange for a Microlight Pilots License to be issued by RAANZ (Recreational Aircraft Association of New Zealand). At this stage you will need to join the club (current subscription is $80 per year, and joining fee $30) and also RAANZ (annual subscription - $70). You will also need to purchase both a Pilots Logbook and a Pilots Training Manual.
Instruction should be arranged with your chosen Instructor. Please be aware that our Instructors have busy lives too, and may not always be available. Weather will also be a factor - we do not normally fly in strong nor-westers! Your Instructor will record your progress in your logbook which you should bring to each lesson.
You will pay for time in the aircrarft, plus ground instruction (a donation for your instructor's time of $30). The current hourly charge is $125 for the Tecnam, although this may change if fuel prices increase substantially. On average a student may take 10 -15 hours to go solo, so the likely cost is around $1500 - $2200.
Microlights are governed principally by two organisations, RAANZ and SAC, the RNZAC also has some microlight operations.
Listed below are our currently active instructors and their affiliation to RAANZ, SAC or RNZAC. If you are new to the sport, you should choose a RAANZ instructor to give the most flexibility in your training.
|Doug Anderson (CFI) - Trike and 3 Axis Tuition, RAANZ
021 510 548
|Tony den Haan - 3 Axis Tuition, RAANZ
027 480 8259
|Easwaran ("Iceman") - 3 Axis Tuition, RAANZ
022 640 2604
|Scott James - 3 Axis Tuition, RAANZ
021 525 561
|Stewart Bufton - 3 Axis Tuition, RAANZ
021 260 2142
|Dave Mitchell - 3 Axis Tuition, RAANZ
027 228 9556
|Basil Buwalda - 3 Axis Tuition, RAANZ
021 225 4131
|Rodger Ward - 3 Axis Tuition, RAANZ
027 493 2943
|Glenn Martin - 3 Axis Tuition, RAANZ and SAC
021 109 1851