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Helicopter Flight Training School
One of New Zealand’s leading providers of helicopter pilot training; Helicopter Flight Training (HFT), service both experienced pilots within the helicopter industry and aspiring new pilots. HFT is a team of highly experienced and passionate pilots and instructors who want to share the enjoyment and thrill of helicopter piloting with the next generation of pilots. Working under strict regulations and absolute adherence to safety – HFT can safely support you every step of the way on your journey to your private or commercial helicopter pilot’s licence. We have a reputation built on years’ of experience in the selection, training and placement of top quality pilots with top companies. We invite you to browse some of our Success Stories and see how far you can go with training and support from Helicopter Flight Training.

Study with HFT - Successful Pilot Careers

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David Lomas
Charter ServicesExploration Support, Fiji and Papua New Guinea

Now flying in Papua New Guinea and Fiji, David initially completed his CPL-H in 2007 and went on to complete the Flight Instructors course. He was employed by HFT for two years as an instructor. He then worked in Canada and Fiji before flying the BELL 212 in PNG. This work involves supporting exploration programs in remote parts of the country, flying personnel and long-line lifting.

Elton Haakma
Commercial Pilot and MEIFR Co-pilot Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST)

Elton is a co-pilot for NEST on a Rescue Service Sikorsky S76 helicopter. His work involves Air Ambulance and Rescue Day and Night flying, winch operations and use of Night vision goggles. After completing his Flight Instructor course with HFT, he worked as a ground theory lecturer and flight instructor. Elton was awarded the first HFT Flight Path Scholarship in 2011.

Paul Dalzell
Tourism and Charter Services

Now based in Rotorua, Paul completed his Flight Instructor course with HFT in 2011 and then joined the instructing team. From a career in the RNZAF in helicopter maintenance, he was the natural choice to pilot the M*A*S*H BELL 47 that is operated by HFT. He is based in Rotorua and flies a wide variety of Flight-Seeing journeys, charter services and adventure flights including an active Volcano Tour on White Island.

Matthew Wilson
Agriculture Aviation Services

Having completed his CPL with HFT in 2011, Matthew worked as ground crew with an established agricultural company where he consolidated his training and knowledge of agricultural operations. He then completed his Ag-Rating in 2012 and gained employment flying the latest R66 Turbine powered helicopter. The R66 is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for accurate placement and recording of the nutrient material distribution. Matthew enjoys the challenges and rewards of Ag-Flying with wide variety of terrains and working environments.

If you are over 16 years old and have no major disabilities you can

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Trial Flights

Would you like to experience the thrill of flying a helicopter yourself from $299
If you are over 16 years old and have no major disabilities you can. How does it work? Helicopters are complex aircraft – but we make it easy to understand – you will get a ‘Pilot Briefing’ on what makes a helicopter fly, what the various controls do, and what you must do whilst flying the helicopter; then you’re off on your flight, in a dual controlled helicopter with one of our Instructors. Within the first 5 minutes of the flight – you will be ‘hands and feet ‘on the helicopters controls. As you progress, the other helicopter controls will be experienced one at a time until, toward the end of the flight, our Instructor could have you in full control of the helicopter.This is a lifetime event that you will never forget. YOU have just flown a helicopter on your own – under the careful guidance of one of our Flying Instructors.
What happens next? That’s up to you. For many, the trial flight is an experience you will carry forever. For some, they want to do it again. For a select few – they want to do this for life. Our business is training helicopter pilots – for either a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) or a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). Training is what we do. So if you seek a career as a helicopter pilot – our Instructors can provide assistance with material to help you decide if the CPL programme we offer is suitable for you. For more information please call 09 299 1157 *All information subject to change without notice


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