‣ CPL(H) – New Zealand, UK, FAA, others
‣ Instructor Rating (H) – New Zealand (B/D)
‣ Examiner (H) – New Zealand
📍 New Zealand · New Zealand Time
“Dave Walley was great! Positive and patient. Good instructor.“
– Seb M.
Private Pilot (Jan 19, 2022)
I am a New Zealand-based helicopter pilot, flight instructor, and examiner with over 10,000 flight hours, primarily in helicopters.
I especially love teaching people with no previous flight experience the thrill of flying helicopters, as well as fixed-wing pilots who want to try their hand at rotary. I also enjoy night vision ops and instrument flight training.
I initially learned to fly fixed-wing aircraft in the Royal Air Force. I later flew large helicopters to offshore oil rigs throughout the world, conducted search and rescue missions, served in the Falklands for the UK Ministry of Defence, and flew for Greenpeace in Antarctica and the Arctic. In addition, I flew commercial blimps in North America, the UK, and Australia, and was a Boeing 737-200 copilot for Air New Zealand.
I love instructing in simulators and have built several myself. Online flight instruction is the way of the future, and I’m fascinated by its potential, not only for ab-initio and scenario-based training, but also for teaching Crew Resource Management (CRM) and advanced human factors.
Certificates & Ratings
Rotary Wing Licenses:
ATPL(H) – New Zealand, UK, EASA, CASA
Airline Transport Pilot License
Instructor Rating (H) – New Zealand (‘B’ CAT / ‘D’ CAT), EASA (TRI)
New Zealand, EASA
CPL(H) – FAA, Bermuda, Malaysia, Kenya
Commercial Pilot License
Examiner Rating(H) – New Zealand
Airline Flight Examiner
VFR, IFR, Route
CPL(A) – New Zealand
Commercial Pilot License
Instructor Rating (A) – ‘C’ CAT
PPL(A) – NZ, UK, Canada
Private Pilot License Airplane
New Zealand (Amphibian Rating)
Canada (Float Plane Rating)
Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) Licenses:
CPL Airship – UK
Airship Commercial Pilot License
CPL Balloon – NZ
Balloon Commercial Pilot License
Pilot & Instructor Experience
I have real-world instructing experience in: Robinson R22, Hughes 300 (269), Hughes 500(369), Bell 47G2, Bell 206, Eurocopter AS350, Eurocopter AS355-F1, Bell 222, Bolkow BK117, Sikorsky S76, AW169. Commercial Balloon: Cameron N90, Thunder and Colt AX7. Fixed wing: Cessna 172, Piper 38-112, Lake Buccaneer.
Additional aircraft flown as pilot: SA Bulldog Ti, Piper 28-160, Lake Buccaneer, CT4 Airtrainer, B76 Duchess, Boeing 737-200, Bell 206 & OH58A, Robinson R22/R44, Aerospatiale AS 350 Squirrel, Aerospatiale 330 Puma, Aerospatiale 365N Dauphine, Aerospatiale 355 Twin Squirrell, Sikorsky S76, AW169, Airship Industries Skyship, 500 & 600 American Blimp Co, A60.
Flight Sim Experience
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020
Flight Simulator X (FSX)