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Professional development

Professional programmes

Short course - Remote piloted aircraft system (RPAS)

Massey provides a professional two day course introducing RPAS operators to aviation legislation and safety processes. This course gives you a good understanding of the regulations around unmanned aerial vehicles and other remotely controlled aviation craft. It will prepare you for your CAA PART 102 certification application.

RPAS course


This course is for those training to be a flight instructor. It is a prerequisite for the CAANZ Category D and C initial instructor rating, and is a mandatory requirement before attempting a relevant flight test. You must have a commercial pilots licence to undertake this course. It will provide you with the knowledge, attitudes, skills and techniques to aid you in instructing within the aviation environment.

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We conduct and supervise research in many different areas of aviation. Our staff and postgraduate students’ topics include airport and airline performance, alternative fuels, UAVs, simulators and communications.


Aviation careers

There are many career opportunities in the aviation industry. Find out how to become a pilot and about other careers in this exciting industry.

Aviation careers

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Accreditation and partnerships


    Diamond DA-42 flight simulator

    This state-of-the-art flight simulator has a 220-degree wraparound screen, taking the visuals to right round to behind the wing. It can be positioned at any airport in the world and the scenery outside will match the location. Massey University's School of Aviation was the first pilot training facility in New Zealand to install this new-generation simulator, worth nearly $700,000.

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    Diamond DA40 Single-Engine Trainer

    Massey owns twelve single-engine trainers. Their top speed is 178 knots with a cruising speed of 110kts and operating altitude of 13,000 feet (maximum ceiling of 16,400 feet). Rate of climb is 1,120 feet per minute and they have a range of 720nm. These are fitted with Garmin 1000 cockpit displays incorporating digital moving map displays, terrain awareness warning and traffic avoidance systems.

    Diamond DA42 Twin-Engine Trainer

    Massey owns two Diamond DA42 Twin-Engine Trainer airplanes for use as part of the air transport pilot programme at Massey. These are fitted with Garmin 1000 cockpit displays incorporating digital moving map displays and terrain awareness warning systems. Top speed is 194 knots and a cruising speed of 140kts. Maximum operating altitude is 13,000 feet, with ceiling altitude at 18,000 feet.

    Flight systems and airstrip

    The Massey University airstrip is located next to Palmerston North airport adjacent to the Massey University Aviation Centre. During their training Bachelor of Aviation students work alongside a busy commercial airfield with full Air Traffic Control services. Aviation Management students’ classes are also mostly taught here so they experience flight operations and airport operations at close hand. MUAC houses the latest Diamond Aircraft fleet, and flight simulators. A roomy state-of-the-art hangar on-site houses the School’s maintenance facility.

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    New aviation complex

    Massey University School of Aviation was completed in mid-2019. The $5 million, 2200 square-metre aviation complex is one of a kind in New Zealand. Located at Palmerston North Airport, all aviation staff are based here. Aviation students can enjoy the outlook from the soaring atrium overlooking the apron and airport runways during their breaks. Includes six roomy classrooms plus numerous briefing rooms, a board room, separate offices for staff, a busy flight operations area.

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    Aviation Centre video tour

    Take a tour through our Aviation Centre based at Palmerston North Airport. As well as the school’s fleet of technically-enhanced Diamond DA40 and DA42 aircraft, the centre houses ground-based training facilities, including a new generation Diamond DA-42 flight simulator. Our programmes from undergraduate to PhD-level degrees, along with remotely-piloted aircraft systems courses, are delivered from this location.

    Student internships

    In their final year students may have the opportunity to work in industry as part of their study. This gives students invaluable real-world experience and gives industry access to the fresh new thinking our students can bring to your business. Contact us if you are interested in working with a student.

    Departments and staff

    Find out more about the departments and staff involved in aviation at Massey.