First Aviation School in the Kingdom of Tonga

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Kingdom Flight Training is the first Aviation School in the Kingdom of Tonga which was launched on Tuesday, 17th March 2020 at the Hangar in Fua’amotu Domestic Airport, Tongatapu. 

The Prime Minister of Tonga, Hon. Dr Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa was the Guest of Honor and several other guests including Tonga Youth Parliament members of 2020. This occasion started with a prayer by Rev. Taliai Niumeitolu. The welcoming speech was delivered by the CEO of Real Tonga Airline, Mr. Tevita Palu and the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Va’inga Palu delivered the vote of thanks. The Flight Operating Manager of Real Tonga Airlines, Mr. Maikolo Fa’asolo also delivered words of encouragement and support for the trainees.   

Prior to the launching, the seven young Tongan enthusiasts along with their guardians attended an Orientation program on Monday, 16th March 2020.These trainees will be trained by Michael Bach who is a New Zealand trainer with a well-rounded background and experience in aviation. 

These young and brave trainees will begin with attempting to obtain their Private Pilot License (PPL), then move onto being qualified with Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) and Single Engine Instrument Rating. 

A Cessna 172 has made available as their training aircraft. The trainees will obtain a New Zealand License after completing the training. New Zealand is under the ICAO – International Civil Aviation Organisation. 



Tongatapu, known as the ‘Sacred South’, is the main island of Tonga and the launch pad for exploring many of the other islands that surround the Kingdom. Nuku’alofa, the capital of Tongaputa, and the hub for international arrivals, is located on the north coast, and is filled with long stretches of white beaches, charming cafes, and ancient churches. You may even see a few pigs roaming around if you’re lucky.


Hilly and covered in lush rainforest, ‘Eua’s combination of breathtaking beauty and rugged, idiosyncratic landscapes is the perfect destination for travelers. A concise seven-minute flight links Tongatapu to the island of ‘Eua on its southeastern tip, world’s shortest commercial airline flight.


If you’re looking for off-the-beaten-path experiences, then look no further then Ha’apai, a central island group consisting of 62 islands. Isolated, uninhabited and undiscovered, this tropical paradise is filled with shallow lagoons, deserted beaches, vibrant reefs, giant volcanoes and breaching whales. Travellers can fill in their day with endless activities such as hiking, snorkelling, kayaking or even horseriding along the white sandy beaches.


Truly unspoiled, this remote group of islands are dotted along the  Kingdom of Tonga, and offer year-round climate suitable for snorkelling, swimming, sailing and diving. Surrounded by crystal clear water, these 61 islands offer an abundance of activities in and out of the water. For those sailing around the South Pacific,  Neiafu, is a popular spot to dock your yacht, allowing you to explore more of  Vava’u Islands natural beauty.


Niuatoputao is a flat coral island situated furthest north within the Kingdom of Tonga. Located between Vava’u and Samoa, this ‘sacred island’ is mostly remote and underdeveloped with a noticeably warmer temperature than the other parts of the Kingdom, especially in the southern end.


Niufo’ou,  located about 100km west of  Niuatoputapu, is one of the world’s most remote islands. From a birds-eye view, this volcanic rimmed island could be compared to a floating donut.  The coastline is rocky and steep, with few black sandy beaches.  Niuafo’ou, together with  Tafahi  &  Niuatoputapu  island are referred to as the  Niuas.