Private & Commercial Pilot Training - South Africa

Your flying course in South Africa focuses on Professional Pilot Development, not just standard flight training. We are in partnership with flying schools in South Africa (SA) that specialise in training both fixed-wing and helicopter students with no previous experience up to Private and Commercial Pilot level. Our partner schools offers great advantages to the prospective student pilot because of our high quality and internationally recognised training programmes including high-quality flight simulator training. On our flying courses, students are trained to have a professional approach to their flying, whether as a Private or Commercial Pilot.  The favourable currency exchange rates also makes money sense for flight training in South Africa for international students. 

 Private Pilot Licence

 The Private Pilot Licence is the first basic course you will undertake, either as a licence for your future recreational flying or as the first step on your path to becoming a professional, Commercial Pilot.

The course consists of 45 hours of flying training (40 of which are usually in a Cessna 152, one of which is pictured left) with 5 on a flight simulator and of the 45, at least 15 hours have to be solo. You need a good knowledge of English and basic maths to be able to cope with the demands of the course. 

Commercial Pilot Licence

The Commercial Pilot Licence is normally run in parallel with the Instrument Rating so when you finish you have qualified for both.  This makes you more employable.

Course requirements for the Commercial Licence with Instrument Rating are a further 155 total flying hours after the PPL, which includes 100 solo hours of which 50 must be cross-country by day and/or night and 5 hours must be night solo.  A minimum of 40 hours of instrument flight training is required of which 20 hours can be flown on a simulator (these 20 hours include the simulator hours from the PPL and Night Rating).  In addition to the practical flying hours, the student is required to pass the CAA theoretical examinations.  You will only be recommended for your final flight tests once you have completed the minimum requirements and more importantly, reached the standard required.

The full PPL/Night Rating/Commercial/Instrument Rating lasts approximately 12 - 14 months, depending on weather, operational requirements and the student’s progress.

  Before applying for the CPL you will be required to pass a further, Class One medical.  The minimum age for acquiring a CPL is 18 but there is no upper age limit.

A good knowledge of basic mathematics and physics and a good command of the English language is required to apply for this course.

Other courses

Instrument Rating
Instructor Rating
Night Rating
Type Ratings

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