How to Become a Pilot in South Africa
If you want to know how to become a pilot, you need to first complete your private pilots license after which you are free to fly yourself or others without compensation.
This stepping stone is the first step toward a commercial license whereby you can learn to fly with a professional charter service for compensation.
What are the PPL Requirements?
In order to qualify for a PPL (private pilot’s license) in South Africa you must meet these minimum items before you undertake your practical flying test, the results of which will determine your completion:
- You must be at least 17 years old
- You must hold a class 1 or 2 medical certificate
- You must have a valid student pilot license
- You must have a restricted or general radio-telephony certificate
- You must have an ICAO language proficiency certificate with a minimum level 4.
Total training requirements include the following:
- You must have 45 hours of flight time by the end of a training course which include:
- 25 dual hours of flight time with a certified instructor
- 15 solo hours as PIC
- 5 hours cross country PIC.
With this under your belt, there are also a handful of exams you must pass in order to receive your license. These include the following:
- An air law exam
- A meteorology exam
- A navigation exam
- A principles of flight exam
- A human performance exam
- A radiotelephony exam
- An aircraft technical and general exam
- A flight planning exam.
How Much Does it all Cost?
The cost for the license is based on the total cost for the hours of training from flying schools in South Africa and any miscellaneous costs.
Generally a flight school will charge R1645 per hour for the dual hours of training and R1395 per hour for the remaining solo hours of training.
In addition to this, they will charge for the medical class, the ground lectures, the English proficiency exam, the ground school briefings, the exams, the PPL kit and notes, the restricted radio license, and the CAA fees. In total, the average cost for a comprehensive pilot course on how to become a pilot is around R85,000.
In total, the cost of the training you receive is well worth the investment as it opens up a world of opportunities not found in any other hobby or career.
Even if you start off just piloting yourself around for fun, you have laid down the foundation for additional career opportunities.
So there you have it, the above outlines everything that you need in place to become a pilot, get your PPL and learn to fly in South Africa. If you would like further information then I recommend you visit this website. I have also included a helpful video from Youtube below. Happy Flying!