Air Hawke’s Bay

Air Hawke’s Bay Ltd (AHB) is the wholly-owned Company of the HB & EC Aero Club, which has been in existence since 1928. Situated at the Hastings Aerodrome, we specialise in providing full-time integrated flight training for both domestic and international students.  Aircraft manufacturer Boeing released an aviation market outlook for 2031 and identified the Asia-Pacific region is expected to be strongest region for growth with a further 186,000 pilots required for the next fifteen years. This provides a positive employment outlook for future trained pilots.

Co-ed or Single Sex Co-ed
Suburb location Hastings
Roll – Total 35 full time – 5 part time. (Current capacity up to 55 students)
Roll – International 6
Strong Points
  • In the aviation education market for more than 80 years;
  • An outstanding success record with graduates operating around the world;
  • High student pass rates;
  • Delivers international tailored courses;
  • Full complement of Instructors with advanced ratings and privileges;
  • Students trained to be team players;
  • Conventional and Glass cockpit aircraft/simulators;
Unique Features
  • Owner and Operator of its own aerodrome – unlimited airspace;
  • Students become part of an enthusiastic aviation community culture;
  • Varied weather patterns and landscape;
  • No landing fees and ATC charges for local flights;
  • Up to eight different instrument approaches within five minutes of take-off;
  • Instructor to student ratio of under 1:3;
  • A maximum of 15-20 students per lecture for ground training.
Special Facilities​


  • Privately owned;
  • Night lighting;
  • Instrument approaches and departures;
  • Seal and grass.
Accommodation Onsite Accommodation
  • 3 x 2-bedroomed cottages including fully self-contained kitchens and bathrooms;
  • All bedrooms contain a bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, study desk and lamp;
  • Dedicated after-hours student lounge and facilities;
  • Communal laundry;
  • Access to back-packing type accommodation.