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Aerohire can trace its origin back 50 odd years to ...

a 6 year old lad getting to see the inside of a Cessna 172 at the Galatea Airfield.

"His dream of flying was born!"

10 years later at age 16 this dream turned into reality, when this young fellow got to fly solo for the first time at the Whakatane Airport. That created the next dream of gaining a "Private Pilots Licence" so he could take his friends and family flying.

Wow! 17 years old and holding a "Private Pilot Licence". Just shows that anyone with dreams and prepared to work towards them, will always create the reality that they desire. All this, worked the same again for this pilot to earn his "Commercial Pilots Licence" and "Instructor Rating".

Then the ultimate dream, came true with a "Job Flying"!

Started working part-time as a "Flying Instructor" and then got a full time flying job at the Tauranga Aero Club; this is the late eighties.

Skip ahead a few decades to 2012, where the opportunity to set up a flying school at Whakatane Airport showed up.

With the help of other flying instructors, a modern hangar with briefing rooms, flight simulator and five different types of aircraft to take people up in, he now gets to spend his days sharing his passion of flying, by helping others to turn their flying dreams into reality.

Just like this young lad, who is now in his fifties.

Have go Lesson / Inductory Lesson

An ideal way to find out what it's like to fly an aircraft. Also a great way to have a look around the area and do something different at the same time.

Full Size Flight Simulator

The flight simulator screen is over 250 degrees around, which gives the Sim Pilot the feeling of flight, even with the seat fixed to the floor. Plus the simulator can be set up for a large range of aircraft and you can choose to fly from almost anywhere in the world.

Cirrus Aircraft SR22 G2
Hangared and ready for you.
Cirrus Partnership
Please take a seat
Cirrus CSIP Logo
Back ground
Our Cirrus Aircraft is a SR22 2006 g2. Equipped with the Avidyne Entegra system, primary flight display Includes a "Primary Flight Display"(PFD), "Multi-Function Flight Display"(MFD) and two Garmin 430 GPS receivers.

Your Instructor recognized as a CSIP which is a "Cirrus Standized Instructor Pilot" and is in the "Cirrus Aircraft Partnership Program".
Simple Steps To a Pilot Licence
1. A Test Drive
Just start with a test drive / introductory lesson is a great way to come out and have a look around. Try the flight Simulator for a blast then a take real aircraft for a fly. Also you also get to meet the friendly people out at the airport. Plus pretty cost-effective it only $125
2. Just start doing it..
Just start doing it by coming out and just doing regular lessons (each lesson average is around somewhere between 120 and $140 a week) . and if you do this for about 18 months you will wind up with a private pilots licence
3. Do a medical
Do a medical. As you can appreciate flying an aeroplane you need to remain conscious throughout the exercise. This medical is not to check that you are superhuman, just that you need to be in average health to be fit to fly.
4. Gain some knowledge
Like any licence, there are a couple of exams you need to pass. However don't worry, all this is made very easy with aerohire's own online training system plus with the support of your instructor
5. Pass a Flight Test
Right from your very first flight you'll be shown how easy it is to fly accurately, so passing a flight test will become a "non event" for you.
So what now..
Even if you do nothing with your private Pilot Licence it is an achievement you can be proud of for the rest of your days

By having a Private Pilots Licence is like having a boat which gives you the use of the Sea. With your licence you have the use of the air
Cirrus Partnership Program
Cirrus Partnership
Quoted directly from "Cirrus Aircraft" own Website ...
Cirrus Aircraft�s worldwide network of flight training professionals are experts in Cirrus flight training. We work only with exceptional people and organizations to continue our unprecedented training outreach. Our global network of Cirrus Training Centers (CTCs) and Cirrus Standardized Instructor Pilots (CSIPs) will get you flying in a Cirrus aircraft quickly, efficiently, and safely.
CTCs and CSIPs have been personally trained and evaluated by the training specialists at Cirrus headquarters and follow the same training programs that Cirrus uses during factory flight instruction. .....
New Zealand Civil Avaiton CAA
CAA Web Site
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Courses are based on...
Our courses for Private Pilot, Commercial Pilot and Instructor Rating are all based on - "Civil Aviation Rule"(CAR) Part 61 and CAA "Advisory Circulars"(AC) AC61-3 / AC61-5 etc.
How to be a Pilot - CAA Booklet
Whether you want to fly a small aircraft during the weekends, or a Boeing 737 for an airline, you will follow much the same process initially. You will learn about yourself, the aircraft, the weather, the flying environment, and the rules pilots use to keep their flying safe.
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General Information
Future financial commitment.
Aerohire is run as an informal yet professional flight training organisation. Which means, that if your circumstances change you can just stop flying without any future financial commitment.
Compare apples with apples
 Another way to compare apples with apples is to consider the cost of your last vehicle upgrade. So by putting off your regular vehicle upgrade for just a year or two and put the funds toward a Pilot Licence. Upgrading your car in few years� time, then you would have a Pilot Licence and a new car.
In same light as enjoying your overseas trip
By looking at enjoying flying lessons in the same light as enjoying your overseas trip. What do you have after your trip? A life experience! So this is the same for flying, so even if you don�t keep your Pilot Licence current or only just do the first solo. You have the same sort of life experience. Having flown an aircraft by yourself, what value would you put on the life-long sense of achievement and satisfaction knowing you can fly?
Is flying safe?
What I did when I first started learning to fly in my teens was to subscribed to "Civil Aviation" to get hold of all the accident reports. Not one of them made me concerned about flying, in fact they put my mind at rest when you look at an accident or incident generally without exception there is at least three contributing factors that if any one of them were handled(sorted out), then the accident would have likely not have happened.
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Young Eagles Group

Aerohire is currently forming a "Young Eagles" group here in Whakatane

Young Eagles