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NZ Part 101 Pilot Certificate Course


Learn the Part 101 rules to fly close to an airport as a Drone Trust 101 Certified Pilot. This CAA-certified course is provided by Flight Test NZ Part 141 certificate TR52489. The flight test requires a drone that can manually select ATTI/Rate mode.


This course consists of a mix of reading and watching short videos. Throughout the course, there are short quizzes. These will help you to be sure you have absorbed the information presented. You can go back and review the content at any time. You may repeat any quiz as many times as you’d like.

At the end of this course, you will be asked to take an exam covering all of the information presented. You must achieve a score of 80% or better to pass this exam. If you get less than 80% you may resit the exam.

Upon successful completion of the online theory portion of this course, you will have a good understanding of where you can legally and safely fly your drone. The next step is to complete your practical flight assessment. During the practical assessment the examiner will ask you oral questions on your knowledge of the rules as well as assessing your flying ability.

Module 10 will help you prepare for your practical flight assessment.  If you would like to learn more about the flight assessment requirements watch our detailed Flight Assessment and ATTI Mode videos.

After you successfully complete your flight assessment you will receive your Recreational RPAS Pilot Certificate. With this qualification you are legally allowed to fly your drone within 4 km of an airport (providing you meet the other legal requirements, as your will learn about during this course.)

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction

In this module, we look at why you need to know the Part 101 rules, the requirements to obtain the Professional RPAS Pilot Certificate, and what additional drone operations are allowed with the certificate.

Module 2: Civil Aviation Rules

This covers the Civil Aviation Act (CAR) and the relevant parts required for drone operation.

Module 3: Understanding the Concept of Airspace

In this module, we will dive into the concept of airspace! Including its classifications and Visual Navigation Charts (VNCs).

Module 4: Measuring Drone Altitude

Within this module we look at the importance of AGL vs AMSL, and manned aircraft altitudes.

Module 5: Airspace Categories

In this module we look at controlled and uncontrolled airspace. The type of controlled airspace and how this impacts drone activities.

Module 6: Special Use Airspace

This covers VFR transit lanes and special use airspace.

Module: 7: Runways and Aerodrome Operations

Look at take off and landing areas, wind, and permissions.

Module 8: Using the Airshare Site

This module looks at the Airshare site, logging your flight plan, and council by-laws.

Module 9: Finding ATC Contact Information on the AIP site

Covers how to find Air Traffic Control and contacts.

Module 10: Currency and Flight Assessment

This covers the flight assessment requirements and the RPAS Recreational Pilot Certificate.

If you would like to learn more about the flight assessment watch this video:

We also have a detailed video on Attitude or (ATTI) mode here:

Part 101 Exam

Final exam for course.

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