What does it take to become a pilot?

In order to qualify for the South African Private Pilots Licence, you will need to be at least 17 years of age, a holder of a valid Student Pilots Licence and a holder of a class one or two medical certificate. A practical flight test needs to be conducted by a grade two flying instructor. The following are the MINIMUM requirements before undertaking the practical flight test:

  • Must be at least 17 years of age
  • Hold a class 1 or 2 medical certificate
  • Hold a restricted or general radiotelephony certificate
  • Hold a valid Student Pilot License
  • Hold an ICAO language proficiency certificate (min. level 4)
  • Civil Aviation Authority require a minimum of 45 hours in an aircraft
  • Sky flight training program require 50 hours of flying training. 
    ≥ 25 dual hours with an instructor
    ≥ 15 solo hours as PIC
    ≥ 5 hours cross country PIC
  • > 5 hours Sky SRM and SEPT Single crew resource safety and procedural training

Exams that you must pass all conducted on line:

  • Air Law
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Principles of Flight
  • Human Performance
  • Flight planning
  • Aircraft Technical & General
  • Radiotelephony 
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