FAQ

 

What is a private pilot Licence?

This is the entry-level certificate most new pilots receive. Obtaining this certificate allows you to fly and carry passengers in good weather conditions either in the day or at night. In addition, you can travel anywhere across the South Africa or any other country with certain limitations. You may not, however, fly for compensation or hire.

How much does it cost to learn to fly and get a Private Pilot Licence?

There are a lot of variables that affect the cost of learning to fly, among them are frequency of flight lessons, weather conditions, the kind of aircraft in which you are training and its availability for scheduling, and individual aptitude. A rough estimate would range between R80000 to R90000.

How long does it take to learn to fly and get a Private Pilot Licence?

The same variables that affect the cost of learning to fly (frequency of flight lessons, weather conditions, the kind of aircraft in which you are training and its availability for scheduling, and individual aptitude) affect the time it takes to earn your certificate. The CAA has a minimum number of flight hours needed to obtain a certificate. Under Part 61, the minimum is 45 hours for a private pilot certificate. A reasonable estimate that an average student might expect is between 50 hours and 60 hours. These flight hours can be spread over a time span of several months or a year or more (however the more often you fly the less time it will take)

How old do I have to be before I can start flight training?

You don't have to be a particular age before you can begin to take flying lessons. That said, however, you do have to be at least 16 years old before you can solo.

How old is too old to begin flight training?

Say "student pilot” and most people think of a youngster chasing a dream. In reality, today's fledgling is likely a middle-aged adult who's not only chasing, but actually fulfilling a lifelong ambition to be a pilot. The ages of today's student pilots average in their thirties and today's average active pilots are in their forties. In addition, more than 25 percent of all SA pilots with current medical certificates are in their fifties. And some pilots learn to fly when they retire.

Will I fly with the same Instructor for most of my flight training?

Normally you will fly with the same instructor for most of your training for continuity. At the end of a phase of training, before solo, or taking your checkride expect to fly with another instructor to get another prospective. You are welcome to switch instructors at any time for any reason.

What do I need to begin taking flying lessons?

All you need is proof of SA citizenship (birth certificate and driver's license or U.S. issued passport). Prior to your first solo flight you will need a medical and student pilot certificate.

How and where can I get a student pilot certificate and medical?

An AME (aviation medical examiner) will give you a class II medical exam. There are several in the area to choose from and cost is between R750 - R900. A student pilot certificate is valid for 24 months and a 2nd class medical is valid for either 12 or 24 calendar months depending on age.

For how long is a student pilot Licence valid?

A student pilot certificate is valid for 24 calendar months.

What are the vision, hearing, and general medical health requirements
Your vision must be at least 20/40 for near and distant vision with or without corrective lenses, and you must be able to perceive those colors necessary for the safe pilot performance.

As a student pilot, what is the best aircraft to rent or purchase?
It depends: for most student pilots, an aircraft such as a Piper Cherokee or Cessna 172 or 152 is probably the most suitable, although there are a number of other aircraft that can provide an excellent introduction to flight while offering reasonable operating costs (for example, the Piper Tomahawk).

Some flight schools have aircraft with "glass cockpits" and others do not. Are there any advantages of training in either aircraft?
A controversial subject at times, there is no doubt that modern technology has inundated the general aviation cockpit, including training aircraft. The choice is ultimately yours, but some things to consider will be the cost of training in the "glass cockpit" versus conventionally equipped aircraft. Additionally, your future ambitions might involve or require extensive use of glass-cockpit aircraft. In either case, train in an aircraft that best suits your present and future needs and interests.

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