Good pilots are the product of good flight training

All pilots are not created equal and there is not one flight training organisation that is the best option for everyone. To get the most out of your training, it is important you first set yourself some goals. This can be as simple as ‘I’d like to learn how to fly an aircraft’ to ‘I want to become an airline pilot as quickly as possible’

The key benefits pilot training in South Africa

  • Graduates ready for immediate transition to jet aeroplane training
  • Efficient training in an environment that maximizes proficiency
  • Modern well equipped Aeroplanes and type specific Flight Simulators
  • Most comprehensive Jeppesen based Airline Pilot ground school
  • Courses modelled on European EASA-FCL standards

The top three largest cities in South Africa are Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town 

In South africa ‘all year-round’ weather conditions – the student can complete your PPL or CPL a lot faster than at home and do so in a sun-filled and fun-filled environment.

The low cost of pilot training in South Africa, combined with the endless summer climate, makes it the ideal learn to fly location. South African normally offers glorious sunny days, with little wind or rain in most parts of the country. No grey winter days when you cannot fly.

The cost of learning to fly may be low, but the pilot training is world-class. South Africa’s weak Rand currency works to your advantage. In comparison to the UK, Europe, North America and many other countries, the prices of most goods and services are very low.

When you learn to fly in South Africa you get the highest quality of flight schools, aircraft and flying instructors. People are very friendly and we look forward to making you feel welcome.

Students can get quality flight training and accommodation, have the time of their life and experience the South African culture and scenic beauty - all at the same time!

Flight Instructor Training - South Africa 

In South Africa, Grade I, II and III instructor ratings exist. Ratings for aeroplanes and helicopters are obtained and revalidated separately.

A Grade III instructor rating is an entry-level qualification, allowed to provide basic instruction toward the issue of a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) under supervision of a Grade I or Grade II flight instructor. A Grade III instructor must hold at least a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) in the same category.

A Grade II instructor requires at least 200 hours of instruction experience, and can function without supervision in most types of training (instrument, night, commercial, multi-engine etc.). Grade II instructors have some examiner privileges, specifically for PPL initial and revalidation tests and can be appointed as Chief Flight Instructors.

A Grade I instructor requires at least 1500 hours of instruction experience, and can provide any type of training on classes and types of aircraft on which the instructor is rated. A Grade I instructor is also eligible for appointment as a Class 1 Designated Flight Examiner (DFE-I).

A DFE-I can issue and renew any licences and ratings that he or she is rated for. The appointment is renewed annually. Most DFE-Is are employed by major airlines.

There is also a parallel system, not in compliance with ICAO guidelines, for recreational pilots. This training takes place under Part 62 of the Civil Aviation Regulations. Such instructor ratings come in Category A, B and C, with A being the most senior.