We specialise in helping drone pilots of any level of experience to up-skill either through one of our courses or through a personally designed tuition session relevant to your existing skills. We aim to help you refine your skills and ensure you comply with all legal and practical requirements of flying drones in NZ.

If our courses outlined below do not suit your needs, please contact us and we will work with you to design something specific for your unique situation.

Part 101/102 Training Courses held at Ardmore Airport

Courses are listed as 3 days to allow time for flying and a flight test on the third day but they could be shortened to two days depending on the number of people. This will be advised prior to the course.

NB: Agricultural courses will be on a case by case basis but all pilots are expected to complete the 101/102 and flight test prior to the Ag training commencing.

Course Details

Drone Pilot Training – 101

(Basic Flight Training)

A practical course for new pilots to learn and understand their obligations under the CAA regulations and to gain confidence in their ability to control and fly their own drones safely.

If you have never flown a drone before or are not very experienced at flying your drone we will teach you everything you need to know to make sure that you comply with the CAA requirements, legal requirements of applicable legislation and any bylaws of local councils.

This is a perfect gift for someone who is wanting to start flying drones. We can provide gift certificates for a birthday or special occasion together with your choice of drone.

Duration: 1 day
Cost: $800 plus gst, + Travel & expenses
You will receive:
• Basic drone handling skills for private use
• Full understanding of all legal requirements to fly a drone for private use
• 101 Drone Course Certificate
Minimum people: 3

Drone Pilot Training – 102

(Beyond 101)

If you have flown a drone and now would like to commence drone operations outside the restrictions of Part 101, you will need to be certified to CAA Part 102.

The course introduces the certification requirements of Part 102, the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and the safety principles of hazard identification, risk assessment and mitigation.

The aim is to ensure that you will understand what is necessary to successfully write an exposition for CAA Certification to Part 102. Pilots will also learn how to safely operate under a Part 102 exposition and will be made aware of expected pilot responsibilities including hazard identification, risk assessment and mitigation, the need for standard operating procedures and expected documentation requirements.

The course also includes a practical competency assessment to ensure that the pilot can safely plan, pre-flight, lift-off, fly and land both light and heavy drones in normal and emergency situations.

Light and heavy drones are available for the course but for safety and familiarity purposes, it is preferred that instruction be carried out with the trainee’s own drone.

Duration: 2-3 day
Cost: $1,100 plus gst, + Travel & expenses
You will receive:
• All CAA & regulatory requirements to fly a drone outside of Part 101
• 102 Drone Pilot’s Certificate
Minimum people: 3

At the end of this course, you will sit an exam and flight test. On successful completion, you will be issued with a Certificate that enables you to work in accordance with a company’s CAA Part 102 exposition.

Drone Pilot Training – 102

(Agricultural Use)

Agriculture drones are generally over 25kg, purposefully built to carry and dispense agrichemicals from the air and require the pilot to comply with multiple safety and legislative requirements.

If you have a Part 102 and would now like to commence agricultural drone use, we will teach you all the advanced skills that you need to know to make sure that you comply with the applicable CAA rules and can also operate within the legal requirements of your local council and the chemical manufacturers.

As a specific extension to Part 102 course, we emphasise the hazards and practicalities around the safe handling and application of agrichemicals, loading the drone, and the optimum flight application of chemicals from the air.

The course also includes a final practical Operational Competency Assessment (OCA) to ensure that the pilot can competently fly a heavy agricultural drone and safely plan, pre-flight, load, and dispense chemicals in accordance with their Part 102 exposition.

Duration: 3 day
Cost: $3,200 plus gst, travel & expenses

You will receive:

• Training in all legal & regulatory requirements to safely apply agrochemical from the air using a drone
• A Part 102 Agricultural Pilot OCA
• Upon satisfactory completion of the instruction and assessment, an endorsement in your logbook for Part 102 agricultural operations
• Training from a company that has over 30 years of experience in aerial spraying.

Drone Training Calendar
NB: Further course dates can be agreed by special arrangement and subject to minimum numbers
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Further Info

Courses can be operated on customers premises, or at our facilities at Ardmore Airport, they can be one to one or a small group exclusive to that customer or business and include several practical flying sessions. These sessions become progressively more complex and the pilot is monitored at each session to ensure they develop the knowledge and practical skills necessary to complete the course.

All courses conclude with a final practical flight assessment.

The aim is to ensure that when they leave, the pilot can continue to fly safely without risk to themselves the drone or to people and property on the ground.

Training drones are available for all courses, but it is expected that the pilot will bring their own drone with them in order to increase confidence in the operating of familiar equipment
Part 102 Exposition

DroneZup offers several services to assist with the generation of your Part 102 Exposition including:

Generation of a complete exposition – tailor made for your Company and the flight operations you want to carry out.
Assisting you with generating/writing your own exposition.
Proof reading your exposition prior to submitting to CAA. This might identify issues and avoid expensive time delays with CAA

Top Ten Tips
Here are our top ten tips to help you fly your drone
  1. The greatest hazard to all drone operations is you the pilot. Are you safe to fly? Do not fly if you are under the influence of drugs, alcohol or fatigue
  2. Airspace – do you know the airspace you are operating in? Make sure you know the no-fly zones and who else might have control over the airspace e.g. Doc, local council, Iwi etc
  3. Permissions – have you obtained all necessary permissions?
  4. Home location – has the drone got the correct Return To Home location set? This can result in a lost drone if it heads back to China or a previous location
  5. RTH Altitude – make sure the set height and flight path is clear of obstacles
  6. Batteries – check that you have sufficient batteries (before you leave home) and always let the removed battery cool down before recharging
  7. Check that at all times you be able to maintain a clear visual line of sight with the drone from the launch site. If not, change the launch site. Never be pressured or tempted to fly the drone out of sight or above 400’ (120m)
  8. Always carry out a visual inspection and mechanical check of the controller and drone before flight
  9. Always be considerate of others. Keep a safe distance away from others and never fly directly over people or other people’s property.
  10. Privacy – do not take (or distribute/publish etc.) photographs of people without their permission – especially if there is a reasonable expectation of privacy
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