Welcome to the School to Skies website

Are you a Year 13 female who has an interest in maths and science? New Zealand needs more women in the aviation industry as Engineers, Technicians, Pilots and more! You have more choices than you probably realise. 

Could aviation be the perfect future for you? We're giving 48 students from around NZ a chance to spend 7 and a half days at RNZAF Base Ohakea to find out.

Aviation offers something for everyone, whether you want to spend your days in the skies or keep your feet firmly planted on the ground! Our “School to Skies” Programme is a Tech and Aviation Camp that will give you the chance to try before you buy. Applications are open for girls in Year 13, from anywhere in NZ, who are currently studying NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) maths and science subjects. 

Travel costs to and from RNZAF Base Ohakea (or to Palmerston North airport if flying) will need to be met by you. All other costs including food and accommodation will be taken care of by us.

Applications close 2 Mar 18


What does the programme involve?

This hands-on programme is a unique opportunity to experience what a career in a technical or aviation field would be like. What you'll get out of the programme:

+ Learn the basics of flight and how aircraft work; 

+ Get hands-on experience fixing a real aircraft; 

+ Grow confidence in your choice of maths and science subjects at school and learn how to apply this knowledge in a real career; 

+ Plan a real flight mission; 

+ Develop your leadership and resilience skills during our specialist workshops; 

+ Mix and mingle with our fantastic servicewomen who were once just like you, looking to make a decision about their future; and 

+ Ask questions, hear stories, make like-minded friends and see if a career in an RNZAF aviation or technical role is for you! 

Who can apply

Applicants must be: 

+ a female in Year 13. 

+ currently studying NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) a maths AND science subject

+ healthy with a moderate level of fitness.

RNZAF School to Skies


RNZAF Base Ohakea

Located 22km West of Palmerston North

Phone: Squadron Leader Sarah Collins, 021 928 890

Email: schooltoskies@nzdf.mil.nz

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Here's a few things you'll need before you start your application:

+ a nominated School point of contact, their email address and a school phone number. 

+ your parent/guardian email address and mobile/phone number

Key Dates

+ Applications close 2 March 2018.

+ Successful applicants notified by 21 March 2018.

What happens after you've submitted your application:

Once you've submitted your application, you will receive an email within 3 - 5 working days to let you know about next steps!