About CTC Aviation

We are a global professional pilot training and resourcing company, providing innovative solutions in true partnership with our customers.

Our latest generation training centres and resources are located at attractive, well-connected and convenient locations in Hamilton, New Zealand, Southampton, UK and Phoenix, USA.

We provide a wide range of aviation services from ab initio trainee pilot selection,training and airline placement, to the more advanced selection, training and provisioning requirements for experienced pilots, instructors and examiners.

Professional pilot training course

The CTC TAKEOFF CPL/MEIR Route is a self-funded, professional pilot training course designed to enable aspiring pilots from around the world to benefit from the high standard and enviable reputation of CTC Aviation.

As a trainee pilot on this Route you will benefit from our high quality, focussed professional flight training.

You will graduate with the following NZ CAA Licences:

  • Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
  • Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR)


  1. Professional training development by experienced instructors
  2. Training takes place at our state-of-the-art Crew Training Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand
  3. Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) included
  4. Training completed in new generation Diamond aircraft with G1000 glass cockpit and type specific FNPTII simulators

Route plan

From day 1 with CTC Aviation you will find yourself absorbed in a professional training environment where you will be coached to achieve the very highest standards.

Leg 1

Application and assessment process

Crew Training Centre - Hamilton (NZ)

  • One day

Leg 2

Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

PPL ground school is followed by 17 weeks of flight training to gain your PPL for single-engine aircraft, during which you will learn the fundamentals of visual flying, basic instrument flying, night flying, terrain awareness and navigation. You will fly either our Diamond DA20 or Garmin1000 EFIS equipped Cessna 172 aircraft for this phase. After obtaining your PPL you are qualified to fly for recreation, carry non fare-paying passengers and progress onto more advanced aircraft types.

  • Approximately 23 weeks

Crew Training Centre - Hamilton (NZ)

Leg 3

Commercial Pilot Licence cross country phase

During this phase you will complete 30 hours of cross country navigation. Not only will you get to see the beautiful scenery around New Zealand but you learn key advanced navigation skills including low level navigation.

  • Approximately 10 weeks

Crew Training Centre - Hamilton (NZ)

Leg 4

Multi-Engine Instrument Rating (MEIR)

Instrument Rating ground school and examinations are followed by flight training commencing in our Diamond DA42 simulators.

Your initial aircraft flight training time will be completed in our Garmin1000 EFIS equipped Cessna 172 aircraft with the remainder of your training completed in our new generation, twin-engine, Garmin1000 EFIS equipped DA42 aircraft to develop further your instrument flying skills to professional standards.

With this qualification, you are approved to fly multiengine aircraft in instrument meteorological conditions and use the aircraft instrumentation to both navigate and make approaches to an airfield, rather than relying solely on visual references.

Crew Training Centre - Hamilton (NZ)

  • Approximately 18 weeks

Leg 5

Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

You will complete further ground school to enable you to pass the remaining NZ CAA examinations. In addition, you will further refine your general handling piloting skills as well as develop your non-technical and communication skills to a standard expected of a professional pilot.

The CPL phase is completed in either the Diamond DA20 or the Cessna 172 in which you will further enhance your handling skills of single-engine aircraft in readiness for the Commercial Pilot Licence flight test.

This phase also includes a mountain flying course and the training required to achieve a Night Rating.

You are now qualified as a commercial pilot able to fly in all weather, day or night and also be paid for your services!

  • Approximately 11 weeks

Crew Training Centre - Hamilton (NZ)

Training Activity

  • PPL - 68.3 Hours
  • PPL to CPL XC Check - 72.5 Hours
  • CPL XC Check to MEIR (Inc. ILS training only) - 2.9 Hours
  • MEIR (+ILS) to CPL - 29.7 Hours
  • Total Hours (Inc. ILS training but not test) - 223.4 Hours


Course Fee

$146,000 (including GST) paid according to the following schedule:

  • An initial deposit of $25,000 a month before you commence training

  • 11 monthly instalments of $11,000

Additional Fees

  • Food and living expenses
  • NZCAA Class 1 medical – NZCAA scale of charges
  • Insurances to protect life, finance and training expenses
  • NZCAA fees for initial licence issue, flight skills retesting (if required) and ATPL exam retakes (if required)
  • Additional training and retest fees (if required)

Accommodation is not included in the above price, self catered accommodation is an extra $250 a week.

Performance protection


Minimum requirements

  • 17 years of age at the date of application
  • 12 credits or more in NCEA Level 2 English, Maths and preferably Science (ideally Physics)
  • Be able to self fund this course
  • Meet IELTS Level 6.0 or equivalent for English Language proficiency****
  • Hold a NZ CAA Class 1 Medical Certificate (prior to commencement of training)
  • Consent to a criminal record check

**** For non-native English speakers, you will be required to present a certificate prior to training commencement demonstrating you have achieved International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Level 5.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any individual area (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking). This must be the Academic test, not General Training.

Application process

  • Complete our online application form above - Download and complete


If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend an assessment day. During the morning you will complete a Maths and aptitude test using the world’s leading pilot assessment tool – PILAPT.

You will then take part in various exercises designed to assess your interpersonal team skills through group discussion. For those who pass the initial phase, the afternoon of your assessment day involves an interview with our selection team. The interview is designed to assess your motivation and understanding of the airline industry.

It is recommended that applicants take a CTC Aviation aptitude assessment.

Need more information?

Our airline pilot careers advisers are available Monday - Friday 0900-1800 UK time.

Call +44 (0)2380 742 400 or make an online enquiry

Our NZ advice team are available Monday - Friday 0800-1630 MZ Time

Call +64 (7) 843 3304 or email the NZ team direct

Route Guide 22

Find out what to expect and how to prepare for an assessment day by reading the online info guide.

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