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Becoming a pilot

Being a pilot is a sought-after job for a reason. If you love flying you could get paid for doing what you love! There’s obviously the potential for international travel as part of your job like the pilots for the global airlines flying huge planes thousands of miles. Or you could end up living in interesting, remote locations perhaps helping life-saving services like the flying doctors in Australia. Whatever path you choose, if flying is your passion becoming a pilot will never feel like a job.

What do I study?

Massey University is the only university in New Zealand that offers a degree that qualifies you as a professional pilot – the Bachelor of Aviation (Air Transport Pilot).

This degree enhances your opportunities with airlines which are increasingly looking for tertiary trained professional pilots. Adding a BAv degree to your CV becomes a definite advantage when you are considering moving to more senior aviation industry roles mid-career. It then serves as a springboard to postgraduate study in aviation.

The BAv is a three-year degree and is recognised internationally.

Bachelor of Aviation (Air Transport Pilot)

Becoming an aviation professional

Careers in aviation are not all about flying. There are a wide range of careers with aviation or aviation-related organisations. These may include management, logistics like cargo and passenger handling, communications, air accident investigation, customer service, sales or marketing roles.

As well as airlines, in New Zealand employers like Airways New Zealand and the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority are looking for people with these sorts of skills.

What do I study?

You will enrol in the Bachelor of Aviation Management. This is a three-year degree.

You will gain an understanding of the human factors in aviation, airline strategic management, and airport operational management. You will also have the opportunity to undertake an internship course (aviation practicum). This means that as part of your study you will gain real-life experience with the industry, giving you a real advantage when you are job-seeking.

Bachelor of Aviation Management

Meet our graduates


Find out more about study programmes, research, facilities, services and people in the area of aviation at Massey.