Recreational Drone Pilot Certification Issue Course
NZ Part 101 Online Theory
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.
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.)
Become a Trusted Pilot
Learn the Part 101 rules to fly close to an airport as a Recreational RPAS Pilot, then do a flight test to complete our CAA-approved course.Enrol
In this module, we look at why you need to know the Part 101 rules, the requirements to obtain the Recreational RPAS Pilot Certificate, and what additional drone operations are allowed with the certificate. We also go over common terminology used in regard to drones.
In this module, we take a closer look at the Civil Aviation Rules and what is and is not allowed when operating under the rules of Part 101.
In this module, we explain what is meant by airspace, and look into resources such as visual navigation charts, the AIP website and the Airshare website for understanding the airspace around you.
In this module, we take a look into how we measure altitude for drones and how it differs from manned aviation.
In this module, we take a deeper look at the two main types of airspace: controlled and uncontrolled. We learn about the different types of controlled airspace and why they are important to drone operations. We explore control zones and control areas, how to use tools such as visual navigation charts to find where they are located, and how to obtain required permissions for drone operations.
In this module, we look into transit lanes and different special use airspaces and what is required to obtain permissions to fly in these spaces when permitted.
In this module, you will learn important information about aerodrome operations and what is required to operate in the vicinity of one.
In this module, we take a closer look at the resources offered by the Airshare site. We will also learn how to use the Airshare site to obtain air traffic control permissions when required.
In this module, we learn how to use the Aeronautical Information Publications (AIP) to obtain permission for operations in a control zone.
Finally, in this module, we learn about the requirements for maintaining the validity of your Recreational Pilot Certificate, as well as the requirements to pass the practical flight assessment.
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.)
Flight Test NZ is a CAA certified Part 141 aviation training organisation TR52489 and operates this course for Drone Trust.
This course has been accepted by CAA as meeting the training requirement under CAR Part 101.12 and 101.205 (3) for airspace knowledge and RPAS operations within 4 km of an aerodrome or heliport.
Once you have completed this online course you will have achieved the theory component of your certification. You will then be directed to an online booking form where you can schedule your practical flight assessment with one of our certified Flight Examiners.
We have examiners distributed throughout New Zealand including Auckland, Bay of Plenty, Hawks Bay, Wellington, and Canterbury regions. We can also arrange flight assessment in other locations on request.