Do you want to learn how to fly an airplane?

Get pilot training in South Africa.

Learning how to fly is one of the greatest experiences life has to offer, and with Blue Chip Flight School you can complete your pilot training with an established team of aviation experts operating in Pretoria.

Frequent Pilot Training Questions

Because we understand our clients, students and soon to be students, we have pre-empted some of the most commonly asked questions on becoming a pilot:

What are the prerequisites to getting a pilot licence?

Before you begin your pilot training in South Africa:

  • You must be 16 years or older in order to obtain your PPL.
  • You must be able to write, read and speak English.
  • You must be declared medically fit by an aviation medical examiner.
  • Your next step is gaining a firm understanding the theoretical aspects of flying, maths and science will help you in this regard, but are not essential.
  • You don’t need any qualifications to start your Pilot Training, but a good understanding of Maths and Science will be to your advantage.


Flying requirements

What is a PPL?

A PPL is a private pilot’s licence, allowing the permit holder to pilot an aircraft within their private capacity, only for pleasure or with the aim of obtaining a higher pilots licence such as a CPL. The holder of a PPL is only permitted to fly without remuneration.

In order to obtain this licence you need the following:

  • A minimum log of 40 hours of flight time
  • A passing mark in 7 written examinations
  • Extensive solo cross country flight experience
  • To demonstrate flying skills to an examiner during a flight test.


Private Pilot

What is a commercial pilot licence and how do I become a commercial pilot?

Often referred to as a CPL, the commercial pilots licence allows the permit holder to be paid for their work as a pilot, provided it is under a legal operator’s certificate. Until this licence is awarded, the pilot will only hold a PPL or private pilot licence.

Obtaining a commercial pilots, in addition to a private pilot’s licence, requires the following:

  • A class 1 medical certificate
  • A passing mark in all of the examinations
  • A minimum log of 200 hours of flight time
  • A minimum log of 100 hours as pilot in command

There are a number of sub qualifications and ratings which will be required based on the type of aircraft being flown; instrumentation used and whether the pilot will be instructing or training other pilots.

What is a PPL?

How much is a pilot’s licence?

There is actually no set cost when it comes to completing your pilots licence because the final figure is derived from a number of variables. The cost as per quotation is based on the minimum requirements as determined by the SACAA (South African civil Aviation Authority).
You are welcome to request a quotation from us.

You can pay the amount quoted in full or you can “pay as you fly”. These fees are also subject to annual increases due to the rise in fuel cost, but they are worth every cent.

learning to fly

Are you ready to learn how to fly? Start your pilot training in South Africa with Blue Chip Flight School, the established team of aviation experts. Contact us now to get started on your Private Pilot Licence or your Commercial Pilot Licence.