School of Aviation

Offering New Zealand's only aviation degree

The School of Aviation was established in 1987 to meet airline needs for graduates with a wide industry perspective. We were the first New Zealand training organisation to meet the regulations for Civil Aviation Authority Rule Part 141 certification.


Student pilots in Massey plane

Undergraduate qualifications enable you to train to become a pilot or to study towards a career in aviation management. You can study in New Zealand or as a distance learning (aviation management) student at the Singapore Aviation Academy.

Senior aviation managers are required to demonstrate not only technical knowledge and expertise, but also postgraduate aviation qualifications and skills. Massey University’s postgraduate qualifications can give you those skills.


Two students in flight simulator

The School of Aviation’s researchers conduct and supervise research in many different areas of the aviation sector.

Our staff and postgraduate students are leading the way in their areas of expertise, presenting their findings at domestic and international conferences and publishing articles in leading journals.


Find out more about the Massey study programmes, research, facilities, services and people working in the School of Aviation’s area of specialisation.


Flight Operations Centre

The School of Aviation’s airstrip, hangar, flight facilities and teaching facilities for the Bachelor of Aviation (Air Transport Pilot) are located at Palmerston North Airport, on the outskirts of Palmerston North.

Milson Flight Centre airstrip Massey University

School administrative buildings

The School of Aviation administration and teaching team’s offices are located on Massey’s Manawatū campus in Palmerston North. Our offices and teaching spaces are primarily in the Colombo Village Complex in the centre of campus.

Aerial view of Massey University Manawatu campus

Accreditation and rankings

Staff and careers

Ashok Poduval

Head of School of Aviation

mr ashok poduval

Ashok has been a training captain with Indian Airlines and Gulf Air and has over 12,500 hours of airline jet flying experience. He has held corporate positions with IATA and Gulf Air and is a frequent international presenter and consultant.

All aviation staff

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Massey Business School

The School of Aviation is one of five interconnected schools within the Massey Business School.

Massey Business School


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