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NZ Professional Pilot Certificate Course (Part 102)


Learn the required knowledge and skills to fly as a Professional RPAS Pilot for a CAA-approved Part 102 organisation. This course is conducted for Drone Trust by Flight Test NZ Ltd Part 141 certificate TR52489.


This course is designed to equip you with all of the knowledge and skills required to safely operate as a professional UAV pilot in New Zealand

The course is broken up into two sections.

First is the Part 101 section that will teach you everything you need to know about safely operating your drone within the CAA Part 101 drone rules. This section is important because all drone pilots must have knowledge of airspace when operating within close proximity of airports. This will be covered in detail later in the course.

The second section covers the Part 102 requirements which is specific to professional drone pilots operating for an individual or organisation who has a Unmanned Air Operators Certificate (UAOC).

After completing the online theory component you will be prompted to book your practical flight assessment.  We have a network of highly experienced flight examiners located throughout the country.

This video gives a detailed description of the flight assessment requirements.

Course Outline

Modules covered in Part 101

  • Civil Aviation Rules
  • Understanding the concept of airspace
  • Measuring Drone Altitude
  • Airspace Categories
  • Special Use Airspace
  • Runways and Aerodrome Operations
  • Using the Airshare Site
  • How to find Air Traffic Control and contacts
  • 101 Exam

Modules covered in Part 102
In this module, we look at why you need to know the Part 102 rules, the requirements to obtain the Professional RPAS Pilot Certificate, and what additional drone operations are allowed with the certificate.

  • Certification
  • Other UAOC Requirements
  • NOTAMs and AIP Supplements
  • Basic Meteorology for UAV Operators
  • GPS Basics
  • Plan and Document a Part 102 Flight Operation
  • Currency Period and Flight Assessment
  • Final exam for Part 102

Flight Assessment

Parts of the flight assessment for multi-rotor drones is performed in Attitude or ATTI mode.  For more information on ATTI mode watch our ATTI mode video.

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