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Aviation Gateway Flying Programme

Flying start to a student's career in aviation

Aviation is an exciting career choice with lots of career possibilities where students can train on the job, earning as they learn. Great aviation roles for men and women include: pilot, aeronautical engineer, flight attendant, air traffic controller, check-in agent, cargo handling supervisor, airport operation staff and many more. 

ServiceIQ’s Aviation Gateway Flying programme is a fantastic way for students to get a feel for what it’s like to fly an aircraft, plus great insights about other roles in the exciting industry. If the passion is to be a pilot, this first-time flying experience helps students gain acceptance into full-time flight training when they leave school.

It’s important to remember that any student keen to pursue a career in the aviation industry can complete the resources within this programme in a classroom setting, whether or not they are able to secure a work placement.

Aviation Gateway

How it works

Students do their training with CAA qualified instructors at a local aero club during term time. The programme usually takes about 10 weeks, and normally runs between 1.00pm and 3.30pm. 

Benefits for students

Students who successfully complete the programme will have gained:
  • up to 18 credits towards a national qualification
  • up to three flights towards their Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL)
  • real skills and knowledge of the aviation industry
  • an insight into many different career options. 

Training content

This training includes a resources package with the following six unit standards to be completed by each student.

Unit  Unit standard title Level  Credits


Demonstrate knowledge of aviation industry law, systems and procedures

1   1


Describe the development of aviation from pre World War 1 through to current times

2   8


Identify aviation support structures, aircraft types and operations in New Zealand

2   3


Demonstrate knowledge of internal structures in the civil aviation industry in New Zealand

2   3


Demonstrate knowledge of aviation career and training options

2   3


 Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of aircraft flight  2  2
  Total Credits   20

How to apply

To sign up to this great programme, you’ll need to: contact your school’s Gateway coordinator and your local aero club to find out about courses in your area; fill out a Gateway MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) agreement for your school, sign on students and order resources using the Gateway Order form.

Registration and Resource Order Form need to be submitted to Please allow up to 10–14 working days for orders to be processed and delivered.

Below are Aero Clubs that are happy to run Gateway Aviation Flying subject to sufficient interest from schools/students. Please contact them directly for further details (Note this list is subject to change):


Aviation Gateway Flying document downloads

Listed below are documents for you to access regarding this training. Click the links below to download. If you are needing more general gateway documents, please get them from the Gateway page.

Name Size Type
A-Gateway-PBS-Aviation-Flying-Ed13-Nov22.pdf 1.3 MB pdf