Pilot training for Private, Commercial, Instructor, Light sport, Gyrocopter and Microlight licenses

Train to be a licensed pilot

One of the greatest things about starting your flying career is you are never too old. You are eligible to go on your first solo flight when you are 17 years old and many individuals begin to fly while still at school. Flying schools in Cape Town usually offer flexible training schedules that don’t clash with school or work hours. Generally, you are required to fly at least twice a week. For those keen on becoming commercial pilots, your chances of becoming one by the age of 19 are very good or you can also choose to be a flight instructor.

A number of people with day jobs enrol in weekend training classes or evening classes to enable them get their Private Pilot’s License or PPL.

What is a Private Pilot’s License?

A Private Pilot’s Licence or PPL authorizes you to take up recreational flying and pilot an aircraft. To become a commercial pilot or take up a career in flying, you must first undergo flying training to get a PPL, where you will learn the basics of flying and must pass a flying and ground test to qualify for the PPL.

There are specific requirements for a PPL. You will need a Class II Flight Medical Certificate that can be obtained from a SACAA approved Medical Examiner. This is valid for 24 months. You can get a student’s pilot licence for which you must be at least 16 years old. For the PPL, however, you need to be at least 17 years old. Fluency in English is essential, as is passing all the ground training tests. You will also need a valid restricted radio certificate. Besides these, you must comply with the mandatory flying hours.

Getting your PPL in South Africa

Since each person’s learning style is different, and the time they can devote to training will vary, getting your PPL can take anything from three months to a year. While some people are able to train daily, others may be able to train fewer times a week. Naturally, daily training, especially in summer when the weather is favourable, enables you get your license much faster. Training during winter may be interrupted by rain and cloudy weather.

To get your PPL, you must have at least 45 flying hours to your credit where 25 hours involve flying with your trainer, 15 hours flying solo and 5 hours of instrument rating. You are usually allowed to fly solo when you are absolutely comfortable and confident.

A career in flying is exciting and with our conveniently located flying school in Cape Town, you too can enrol for training to become a pilot. To discuss the most suitable training timings for you, get in touch with Aerosport.



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