The core activity of the Tauranga Aero Club is flight training of student and professional pilots towards their Private Pilot Licence, Commercial Pilot Licence, and Instructor Rating, as well as type ratings and Biennial Flight Reviews. Through our partnership with Sunair Aviation we also train pilots towards their Instrument Rating and First Conversion to Multi Engine Type. The club employs a dedicated team of full time, professional flying instructors and operates a small fleet of training aircraft. For more on flight training at the club, and for frequently asked questions, click on the Training page from the menu opposite.
Gift vouchers are available if you want to give someone else the gift of flying. We can tailor a gift voucher to meet any requirement, such as a hands on trial flight with an instructor, an aerobatic flight, a gift voucher valid for an introductory training package covering several lessons, or a scenic flight. If you want to know more, contact us anytime.
Air transport charter flights can be arranged to any location in New Zealand. We have four and six seat aircraft available, supplied with a pilot. All Air Transport flights are operated by Sunair Aviation. Contact us to find out more.
Licenced pilots are able to hire club aircraft for their own use. For information on our hire rates click on the Aircraft Hire page from the menu opposite.
Club Events, Competitions, and Flying Trips
The Tauranga Aero Club has an active membership of pilots and students. Flying competitions are held monthly, and club trips and flyaways happen frequently during the year. You can see what has been going on recently by reading archived newsletters from the Archives menu opposite, or check out our Facebook page for the latest news and information.
Young Eagles and the Gateway Programme
The club runs programmes to introduce young people to flying, both as a career and as a pastime. The Young Eagles is a programme run through Flying New Zealand during weekends – click on the Young Eagles page from the menu opposite to find out more. The Gateway Programme is an educational course that runs through secondary schools in the Bay of Plenty. It leads to a NZQA approved Level 2 Certificate in Aviation (Introductory). If you want to find out more, contact your Gateway coordinator at your local secondary school, or contact us anytime.
Hire of Clubrooms and Bar
We have dedicated clubrooms, kitchen, and bar facilities which are available to hire for events. Our hangar is also fully carpeted and can accommodate a large crowd. Click on the Hire of clubrooms and bar page from the menu opposite to find out more.
Use of L261 and L265
The Tauranga Aero Club is the designated controlling agency responsible for the conditions of use of Low Flying Areas L261 and L265. For information on the conditions of use of these training areas, click on the Use of L261 and L265 page from the menu opposite.