You can get your SPL (student pilots licence) at the age of 15. You can do your first solo flight as part of training for your Private Pilot’s Licence once you have turned 16 years old. If you start your flight training at 15, you will have to wait an entire year before being able to fly solo. This is not ideal, as you will have to keep up your flying skills for an entire year and this costs money. We suggest starting your flight training when you turn 16 years old.
Yes you can! We offer a selection of study options. Ground school and training flights will be arranged to fit in with your schooling schedule and you will be able to set your own pace. We recommend training flights to take place at least twice a week. If you are interested in becoming a Commercial Pilot, the earlier you start your flight training, the better. If you start your flight training at the age of 17, you could be ready to qualify for your Commercial Pilots Licence during your first year after matric. This means, you could be a Commercial Pilot or even a flight instructor by the age of 19.
Definitely. We will arrange ground school classes and training flights over weekends and in the evenings. Most of the training is one-on-one, so you will be able to arrange the best times for your flight training with your instructor.
How long will it take to get my Private Pilots Licence if I study part time?
There are many factors to take into consideration as each individual is different and has different circumstances. Some students will be able to fly every day or every evening, while others will only be able to have training twice or three times a week. Each student sets his/her own pace when training for their PPL. It can take anything from 3 to 12 months to complete.
How long will it take me to get my PPL if I study full time?
A full PPL can be completed in as little as 6 weeks but can also take up to 3 months to complete. There are many factors involved which determine how fast a student can complete the training. For example: Flight training will be quicker to complete in summer than in winter due to rain and cloud cover.
How many flying hours will it take for me to get my Private Pilots Licence?
A minimum of 45 hours is required by law. This will consist of 25 hours flying with your instructor, 15 hours solo flight and a further 5 hours of cross country flying. Keep in mind this is the minimum amount of hours. We will only let a student fly solo if we are confident he/she is up to standard.
There is no limit to how old you can be to learn how to fly. As long as you pass the relevant medical exams you can get your pilots licence. If you have been declared medically unfit, you will not be able to start training for your pilots licence.
It is difficult to give an exact amount, but if the PPL is completed in the minimum hours required by law and all the exams are passed on the first attempt, the cost will be approximately R97 000.00 including all your study material and ground school. For a more detailed costing breakdown, please contact our office.
Is there a certain amount of hours I need to fly a month once I have obtained my Private Pilots Licence?
Once you are a qualified Private Pilot you will need to fly 3 hours a month as the pilot in command. If you do not own your own aircraft, our flight school does have a hire to fly facility where a pilot can hire an aircraft on an hourly basis.
If I do my Private Pilots Licence in South Africa, is it an internationally recognized licence?
In most countries it is accepted. You will have to redo your Medical Examination as well as your Air Law exam and PPL flight test. The same goes for a pilot who has obtained his Private Pilots Licence in another country and wishes to fly in South Africa.
No, you will have to go to a doctor who is approved by the Institute of Aviation Medicine. These doctors are called Designated Aviation Medical Examiners or DAMEs. Only a South African medical certificate can be accepted.
You can book your medical exam as soon as you make the decision to become a pilot. You can contact our flight school should you have any questions regarding booking your medical exam. All students are responsible for the payment of their medical exam; it is not included in our course.
Are progress checks made? And how often are they made?
Yes, they are made every 10 hours by the chief or senior flight instructor. This ensures that you are given the highest quality flight training throughout your course. You will also receive a progress report on your performance.
When you come to our flying school for your first flying lesson, your flight instructor will explain the booking process to you. We have an online booking site. You will be able to find it on our links page.