The airport noise management plan restricts hover like training of helicopters pilots within the airport boundary to 1 hour duration max. Designated areas have been established as to where within the airport this can be done.
There must be a gap of 1 hour before another period of 1 hour can be carried out. If there is more than 1 operator training, the operators must collaborate to ensure equal sharing of the times. Arrangements have been made where the private airstrip at Te Mata (5 miles South or airport) is available to be used for hover training. Helicopter operators are encouraged to use this option. (Please be respectful that sometimes farm animals are nearby at Te Mata. Avoid being too near or startling them).