Primary Schools

Classic Flyers can now offer a Flight School 101 Junior Experience aimed at Year 3 - 6 students that integrates with the New Zealand School Curriculum.

The Flight School 101 experience supports the New Zealand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) learning approach. It consists of a classroom setup in our main hangar surrounded by real aircraft used to illustrate and demonstrate the following subjects:

  • The Theory of Flight – how airplanes fly
  • Watch a supporting video about flight aerodynamics
  • Design your own special airplane activity
  • Take part in a demonstration of the Tauranga Airport Fire Rescue Truck
  • Sit inside a real DC3 Airliner from the 1940's for a "fantasy flight"
  • Explore inside the historic Catalina and B-17 Bomber fuselages
  • Learn the Phonetic Alphabet activity
  • Explore the museum with a treasure hunt Quiz - prizes for best answers

The Flight School 101 class is complimented by a tour of the Museum where students identify the different aircraft types, wing styles and engines discussed in the Flight School 101 class. Students will be able to get inside and interact directly with many exhibits to enhance the learning experience. For a downloadable brochure click on the button below:

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Sample Agenda:  This agenda is only a guide and can be adapted to suit class sizes

9.30am   Arrival at Classic Flyers, welcome and safety talk
9.35am   Flight School lecture and plane design activity
10.15am Morning Tea
10.30am Airport Fire Rescue Truck Demo
11.00am DC3 Fantasy Flight and Catalina exploration activity
12.00pm Phonetic Alphabet activity and free time in the museum
12.30pm Lunch or return to school

Morning Tea and Lunch is hosted in the Torpedo Park next to the Museum Apron. If Raining we provide indoor seating in the hangar.

Treasure Hunt Quiz and Prizes
We can supply quiz sheets and Flight School 101 Study Guides to your students (Teacher will be given an answer sheet) and we are happy to send a electronic copy to you prior to your visit. Each student will take away printed copies of the Quiz to review in the classroom/complete and for teacher to allocate the following prizes:. 

  • First prize is a Classic Flyers Family Membership for one year! (Retail value $99.00) This entitles the winner to a year of free admission to the museum for them & their family, as well as 15% reward points on all café purchases and connection to our member emails. (so you can get Classic Flyers news and also see what cool events are coming up).

  • Second & Third Prizes are a Family day pass to the museum (retail value $37.50) so the winner can bring the family back for a look at the museum.

A Risk Analysis Management Document will also be provided to assist with planning your visit.

Cost / Payment: 
Flight School 101 Junior Experience is $8.00 per person (teachers and support adults are free)
Payment is required on the day of the visit in the museum Gift Shop. We can invoice larger groups or schools by prior arrangement.

Bookings are essential so if this would be of interest to you and your children, we would love to hear from you

All queries please contact the team on 07 572 4000 or email


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