Secondary School Pathway in aviation flight - Take flight!

20 credits


Get your flying career off the ground with JNP Aviation Training’s (JNPAT) and Tauranga Aero Club’s (TAC) pathway in aviation flight.

Topics include: aircraft components and the principles of flight, aviation terminology, two-way radio operations  in aviation, safety and security in an aviation environment and aircraft types and operations in New Zealand - not to mention real flights with the Tauranga Aero Club.

Entry requirements

Year 11 to 13, JNPAT will work with school careers advisors to ensure this is the right gateway for every interested learner.

Purpose statement

The purpose of this Pathway Course is to provide the learner with an introduction to the aviation industry and aircraft types, flight principles, safety, security and an introduction into the the aviation industry in New Zealand.

Graduate profile

Graduates of this Pathway Course will be able to:

*Describe aviation organisations, airlines, aircraft types and their functions and uses.

*Demonstrate knowledge of and apply health,safety, and security practices in the aviation workplace.

*Describe aircraft components and the principles of aircraft flight.

* Demonstrate knowledge of the 24-hour clock; phonetic alphabet; encode and decode airport and airline codes; and terms and abbreviations used within the aviation industry.

*Communicate effectively and operate two-way radio in an aviation environment.

*Describe career and training options in the aviation industry.

Career opportunities

This Pathway Course gives an insight into possible careers such as pilot, aeronautical engineer, flight attendant, air traffic controller, check-in agent, cargo handling supervisor, airport operation staff, aviation ground operations and more.

Regularity requirements

Learners must at all times comply with the relevant aviation regulatory authority, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)

Key Dates

Please contact your school's careers advisor for 2024 dates. General info below:

First Intakes: March 2024 and run consecutively throughout the year according to enrolment numbers (1 day a week for 10 weeks, general times 1pm-4pm).

Further training or study

Take Flight is also stacked towards:

New Zealand Certificate in Ground Operations, Ramp Handling (Level 3)

JNPAT Micro-credential Take Off! Introduction to ground operations (aviation)

Possible flights towards Private Pilot’s License (PPL)

Start date

March 2024 - intakes throughout the year - talk to your school's career advisor now!

Course duration

12 weeks (including 2 weeks study break)

Study Location

Based at Tauranga Aero Club, 240 Aerodrome Road, Mount Maunganui 3116

Days on site per week

One day per week / 10 weeks, 1pm - 4pm



Delivery method

1/d week face to face on-site theory and or practical with Tauranga Aero Club. 2/d week face to face school pathways/gateways teacher classwork and or self-directed learning using JNPAT LMS (Moodle) and all JNPAT resources.

Course and assesSment type

Competency based with in standards - JNPAT moodle activity assessments and JNPAT / TAC onsite practical observations.


$1100 (excl GST)

Costs to students

See your School Careers Advisor or Gatetway Coordinator


20 credits

youth guarantee

Gateway programme


20 NCEA credits

Are you Interested in this course?

If you're interested in taking part in this course we'd love to hear from you.


Download course pdf

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