Whether you wish to fly for fun or pursue a career in aviation obtaining a private pilot licence is the first step to reaching your goal.

Choosing to become a pilot is a big commitment both personally and financially so in order to assist you in making sure this is the right decision for you we advise and encourage all prospective students to complete an introductory flight. Our introductory flights are offered at a discounted rate and gives our students the opportunity to experience the sensations of flying a light aircraft before committing to enrolling for the full course.

Once you have completed your intro flight and have decided to continue with PPL training you will meet with a flight instructor to discuss your training programme. We recommend students purchase a PPL Kit at the start of training, this kit contains all study material and accessories you will need throughout your training (headsets not included). We advise students to complete the required Class II aviation medical within the first 5 hours of training to ensure that they are medically fit enough to complete the course.

Once the paperwork is done and we have received the student’s enrolment forms all that is left to do is book your first lesson at a time that suites you to commence training. Prior to each lesson your flight instructor will brief you on the theory and aerodynamics of the flight exercise you are about to undertake and after each flight your instructor will debrief you on the lesson completed. This will give you the opportunity to discuss how the lesson progressed, to find out what to prepare for the next lesson and to ask any questions you may have regarding your training.

There is no time limit in which you must complete your PPL. Students may train on a part time or full time basis, however the PPL skills test needs to be completed within 36 months after passing your last PPL exam. Should you be unable to fulfil this requirement within the given time frame the examination credits obtained will lapse and all exams will need to be rewritten. While Aeronav endeavours to provide a realistic and structured training programme it is extremely difficult to provide an accurate time frame in which a student will complete training as each student is different, some people find it easier to learn to fly than others and how long it takes is very dependent on the student’s individual performance and how much time and money they are able to commit to their training.

Once you have completed your training and have obtained a private pilot licence you will be able to fly VFR (visual flight rules) during the day and in good weather conditions. You will also be allowed to take passengers in the aircraft however you will not be allowed to accept any payment or remuneration for flying. The PPL is considered as either a recreational pilot licence or the basis for which further flight training can be built on.




AGE: 17+ years old
Education Requirements: Able to read, write and speak English fluently. If you completed maths, science & geography at school this will help but is not a set requirement.
Medical: A Class II aviation medical is required. This can be obtained through an Aviation Medical Examiner. We recommend students complete their medical within the first 5 hours of training.
Flight Training Requirements: 45 hours minimum total flight time of which 30 hours is dual instruction (with a flight instructor) and 15 hours is flown solo.
Examination requirements: There are 7 written/ online SACAA examinations with a pass score of 75% or better.

The subjects are:
- Navigation
- Meteorology
- Principles of flight
- Engines, Airframes and Instruments (ATG)
- Air Law
- Flight Planning
- Human Performance

In addition to these subjects you will also need to complete an online radio telephony procedures exam as well as an oral radio telephony exam with an approved radio designated examiner in order to obtain a restricted radio license. You will also need to pass an English language proficiency test. Finally there is the PPL skills test, this includes an oral exam as well as the flight test which will assess both general handling and navigation skills.

Once a student is the holder of a private pilot licence he may exercise the privileges associated with such licence such as flying recreationally, during the day, in good weather conditions and carrying passengers. Please note that the holder of a PPL may not fly for any commercial operation nor may they receive payment of any form or remuneration as a pilot. Only once you have completed PPL training may you pursue further training towards a night rating, instrument rating or a commercial pilot licence.



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