Dreaming of getting your pilot licence? We share some insightful pointers to help you launch your journey. Asking is it viable to become a pilot as well as do you have what it takes?

Is it viable to become a pilot in the South African economy?

The future winks promisingly for any person aspiring to become a pilot in South Africa. Here are some of the recently released statistics around the aviation industry, both in the country – and internationally:

  • More people are flying: based on historical data, there will be a 31% increase in passenger flights by 2017;
  • Air traffic is on the rise: air traffic in general is poised to double worldwide by 2030 and airlines will have to increase their number of aircraft from the current number of approximately 17,000 – to at least 25,000; and
  • The world needs more pilots: it is estimated that we will need at least another 533,000 new commercial airline pilots internationally – to support this growth in aviation over the next 2 decades.

What does it take to become a pilot in SA?
The first step in becoming a commercial pilot – is to obtain your private pilot’s licence or PPL. A PPL will enable you to pilot aircraft of up to 5-7 tons for leisure purposes – with non-paying passengers.

To apply for any flight aviation training, you:

  • Have to be 17 years or older;
  • Must be able to speak, read and write in English; and
  • Pass a compulsory medical examination.

As soon as you are accepted, you will have to complete both theoretical & practical training. The practical training includes a minimum of 48 in-flight lessons and 45 hours of flying. This needs to be concluded with a practical exam in the form of a flight & a navigation skills test. The theoretical training consists of eight subjects, with a minimum pass rate of 75% for the exams.

Next stop. Commercial pilot or flight instructor

As soon as you have successfully completed your solo and celebrated the fact that you have attained your PPL, a world of opportunity awaits.

You can go on to achieve your Instruments Flight Rule (IFR) or Visual Flight Rule (VFR) rating to qualify as a commercial pilot. Then there is also the option to become a certified flight instructor for the aircraft of your choice, after obtaining your CPL. The sky is really the limit.

Top flight schools in South Africa.

Becoming a pilot is no doubt a life altering choice and it is key to choose the right flight school for it. Blue Chip Aviation is a solid choice as the company holds a strong position as a South African market leader in flight aviation training. These are just some of the reasons why:

  • Established almost 20 years ago;
  • Trainers & instructors who hold top honours in their fields;
  • State-of-the-art equipment such as the FNPT II flight simulator;
  • An uncompromising approach to industry and regulatory standards; and
  • Renowned for the fact that our pilots become captains.

Click here to read reviews of some of Blue Chip Aviation’s former students.

Just do it.

Ultimately there is nothing quite like experiencing that initial flight and celebrating your first solo. Just do it. Contact Blue Chip Aviation now for more information.