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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 centre and airstrip

The Massey University Flight Operations Centre is the main base for the Bachelor of Aviation programme. The School of Aviation was the first New Zealand training organisation to meet the requirements for Civil Aviation Authority Rule Part 141 certification. MFSC houses the latest Diamond Aircraft fleet and flight simulators, flight instruction staff and some academic staff, as well as the school's maintenance facility.

New aviation complex

Massey University is building a new $5 million, 2200 square-metre aviation complex at Palmerston North airport. The facility accommodates all aviation staff, students and aircraft maintenance activities.

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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.

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