THE HANGAR

142 Aerodrome Rd,

Air Side Hangar 7,

Tauranga Airport,

Mount Maunganui

Phone: 0800 0AV8OR

       028867

Email:  bookings@theaviator.co.nz

FLYING HOURS

Wed - Fri: 10am - 5pm
​​Saturday: 10am - 4pm
​Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Bookings outside these

times by arrangement.

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June 2019

We are super excited to announce that we have been selected as one of six worldwide brand ambassadors for CaptoGlove, and will soon have this amazing technology at The Aviator Experience. 

So even in VR you'll be able to reach out and interact with the cockpit switches for the most immersive flying experience outside a real aircraft. 

 

More on this soon....

HAND RECOGNITION IS HERE...

June 2019

While hosting an Air Training Corp event at The Aviator Experience, the amazing crew at Adventure Helicopters offered us all a ride in their very fancy Bell 427 chopper.

The pilot needed to increase his hours in this eight seater chopper, so 24 very lucky aviation enthusiasts got an impromptu scenic flight around the Mount.

Big thanks to Ross and Shamus for this very special treat, we all had huge smiles on our faces!

     www.adventurehelicopters.co.nz

THANKS ADVENTURE HELICOPTERS

February 2018

Interview and article by Small Business Tauranga...

Learning to fly is a long-held dream for many people but one most of us never get to experience.

Now people of all ages can fly without wings thanks to Craig Saunders’ new business, The Aviator Experience.

The former Royal New Zealand Air Force avionics technician and IT professional set up two flight simulators in Mount Maunganui with his wife, Anita, in May last year.

 

Using virtual reality headsets, would-be pilots can strap themselves into a simulator cockpit and fly some of the most iconic warbirds ever built including spitfires, MiG-15s and F-15 fighter jets...

Read more...

FLYING HIGH AS SIMULATOR BUSINESS TAKES OFF

October 2017

Article from Focus magazine...

 

As a teenager, Sharon Giblett dreamed of joining the airforce and becoming a jet fighter pilot. Sadly, the occupation was considered unsuitable for women at the time, and Sharon, not interested in any other military role, pushed aside her dream to focus on a different career.


In October, that dream sprung to life once again when Sharon joined 11 other focus friends and colleagues for a VIP event hosted at Tauranga’s only dedicated virtual reality (VR) flying encounter – The Aviator Experience.

In between refreshments, we got the chance to find out just what piloting a plane feels like – while strapped into the cockpit of a flight simulator – and understand why customers, including many women, are returning again and again to take the controls and soar to the skies. 

Read more...

JET SET - FOCUS FRIENDS TAKE TO THE SKIES

Certificate of Excellence 2019

June 2019

The Aviator Experience is the proud recipient of a 2019 Certficate of Excellence from Tripadvisor!

We continually strive to provide an exciting experience with excellent service to all our visitors. This award proves we are doing it right.

Thank you to all our wonderful customers for the consistent 5 Star ratings and rave reviews, we couldn't have done it without you.

See our reviews on Tripadvisor

THANKS FOR YOUR REVIEWS!

June 2018

Visit from More FM...

Out by Tauranga Airport you can find The Aviator Flight Simulator, a chance where you can experience flying a plane, without leaving the ground.

Watch Lauren have a go navigating her jet plane from take-off to landing.

See more...

LAUREN TAKES A TURN ON THE AVIATOR'S FLIGHT SIMULATORS

June 2017

Article by The New Zealand Herald...

 

The closest thing to flying a real combat aircraft is thrilling hundreds of budding fighter aces in a hangar at Tauranga Airport.

Three years of work by Craig Saunders has gone into the unique flight simulator that use the latest in strap-on virtual reality technology.

The twin-seat setup, held in a transportable container, was the brainchild of Mr Saunders who designed the professionally-built seats and controls to lend a totally convincing edge to flying everything from a World War II Spitfire to the latest jet fighter.

Read more...

AERIAL BATTLES FOUGHT IN TAURANGA AIRPORT FLIGHT SIMULATOR

June 2019

You'll now find us at Hangar 7, 142 Aerodrome Road, Tauranga Airport.

Our new hangar has lots more room to fly your favourite aircraft, host an event or even stay the night. 

A new Briefing/Cinema Room, a Mezzanine Pilot Lounge and a Formal Wardroom are all under development.

We've also got more flight simulators planned with the latest technology to make your flight experience even more mind blowing.

WE HAVE MOVED

October 2017

Interview and article by Stuff...

One Tauranga Maverick's invention is starting to take off, literally. 

Former New Zealand Air Force crewman Craig Saunders wanted to let people experience the thrill of flying without the hefty price tag. 

Using Occulus Rift technology, a device that wraps around the users head for full immersion, customers can sit in the cockpit of fight jets, helicopters and World War II fighter planes. 

Turning your head moves the camera around the 3D landscape which is mapped off real locations. 

"I built this flight simulator at home mainly for my friends," he said. 

Read more...

TAURANGA TINKERER BRINGS TOP GUN DREAMS TO LIFE

June 2017

Visit from The Breeze radio...

 

Mark and Jolene had the chance to visit The Aviator Experience on Dakota Way, Mount Maunganui.

The plan was to have a dog fight.... Watch the video to find out who won.

If you'd like to have a go at The Aviator Experience, listen to Tauranga's Local Breakfast with Mark & Jolene every morning from July 2nd to 6th for your chance to win a free pass.

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MARK & JOELENE TAKE ON THE AVIATOR EXPERIENCE