Kāpiti Aero Club

Aeroplane Trial Flights

Trial flights are a great way to introduce yourself, a family member or friends to aviation. There is nothing to compare the feeling of your first time up in a small plane and having full control. The Kāpiti Aero Club offers both standard & aerobatic trial flight gift vouchers in a range of aircraft which can make an excellent birthday or Christmas present.


Relaxed and friendly introduction to flying

Take the controls and feel the freedom of flight

View Kapiti's scenic highlights from above

30 and 60 minute options available

What’s Involved


On arrival at the Kāpiti Aero Club rooms, your flight instructor will introduce themselves to you and outline how your trial flight will proceed. Your instructor will take you to your aircraft and briefly describe its capabilities.


You will sit in the left hand seat – the seat normally reserved for the “Pilot in Command”. Your instructor will brief you about the controls you have in front of you and their effect on the aircraft.


After fitting your seat belt and a briefing on the safety features of your flight, the instructor will close the doors and start the engine. After start-up, there are some “cockpit” checks to be made to ensure that the aircraft is ready for flight.


Then with a careful lookout for other aircraft on the ground and a radio call, under the guidance of your instructor you will taxi the aeroplane out to the threshold of the active runway ready for takeoff.


Once airborne you will be amazed by the wide open view you will get from the pilot’s seat. Your instructor will show you how the controls work in the air and under their guidance, you will fly the aeroplane yourself. You will have control! You will feel the freedom of flight and when you are back on the ground you will realise that you can fly.


Don’t forget to bring your friends and camera for what will surely be a memorable experience!


If you’re a bit of a thrill-seeker, why not try our Aerobatic Trial Flight instead and see our stunning coastline from a whole new vantage point.

  • Cessna C152/ Piper PA38 Tomahawk
  • $2301 person / 30 min

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  • Cessna C172 G1000/ Piper PA28 Archer II
  • $2901-3 people / 30 min

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  • Cessna C152/ Piper PA38 Tomahawk
  • $4601 person / 60 min

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  • Cessna C172 G1000/ Piper PA28 Archer II
  • $5801-3 people / 60 min

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Terms and Conditions

Prices are current at 1/11/2023, and are subject to change. Trial Flight vouchers are non-refundable and valid for 12 months.  After 12 months we reserve the right to apply an additional charge to offset any increases in aircraft operating costs.  Vouchers expire 12 months after purchase.

Flight bookings may be changed up to 24 hours before flight.  Flights are subject to weather conditions.  Give us a call on the day if you wish to confirm the weather is suitable for your flight.  Flights cancelled due to weather will be rescheduled at no extra cost.

Subject to weight & balance limits.  See individual vouchers for details.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

Kāpiti Aero Club is open 7 days a week, 8am-5pm. Call us on 04 902 6536 or drop into our clubrooms to discuss your aviation requirements.