You must be 16 years old to start training for solo & 17 years old to acquire a private pilot license. More than that, a certain type of personality is required.
Find out more on how to become a pilot.
A PPL or Private Pilot’s Licence allows permit holders to pilot an aircraft in their personal (private) capacity for recreational purposes only.
This means that a person in possession of a PPL is permitted to:
- Pilot an aircraft during the daytime only
- Fly for recreational and hobby purposes
- May transport non-paying passengers (non-commercial purposes)
- Fly a single or multi engine plane up to 5.7 tons only
- Permitted to fly in good weather only
A Private Pilot’s licence forms the foundation of a Commercial Pilots licence, without which a CPL or commercial pilot’s licence is not possible. A Commercial Pilots licence allows permit holders to be paid for their work as a pilot (for commercial gains), provided they operate under a legal operator’s certificate.
In addition to a private pilot’s licence, to obtain a CPL a Pilot student needs to:
- Obtain a class 1 medical certificate
- Pass all CPL examinations
- Attain a minimum log of 200 hours flight time
- Achieve a minimum log of 100 hours as a pilot in command
Pre-requisites in order to attend pilot training in SA
In order to pursue a Private Pilot’s licence, learners need to comply with the following, mandatory pre-requisites
- Students must be sixteen years or older in order to begin studies for a PPL
- All students must be fluent in English, with the ability to write, read and speak the language
- Learners will need to pass a medical exam in order to attend a SA flight college
- A predisposition for math’s and science would be advantageous in gaining a sound understanding of the theoretical aspects of flying.
How can I get a pilot licence once cleared to attend pilot training in SA?
After a pilots training college has approved your application and offered entrance to a private pilots training course, students will be required to achieve the following high-level pilot training requirements:
- Achieve the necessary pass mark of no less than 75% in all written examinations
- Achieve extensive solo cross-country flight experience
- Successfully complete all practical requirements including 45 hours of flight time
- Have the ability to demonstrate flying skills to an examiner during a flight test
Whether studying to become a pilot full time or on a part time basis, there are eight (8) written theory examinations that a private pilot student will need to pass with a score of 75% or more, these include:
- Air Law
- Principles of Flight
- Restricted Radio Licence
- Aircraft Technical and General Knowledge
- Flight Performance and Planning
- Human Performance
PPL theory examinations cover a number of elements that aspiring pilots will need to master however the following programmes will need to be grasped in order to excel as a private pilot:
- A sound understanding of airport circuits and the paths that air traffic is coordinated by.
- Take off, landing and in-flight emergency flying tactics.
- Take-off and landing crosswind flying techniques.
- Navigation and the various airspace navigation systems.
- Take-off and landing manoeuvres under variable runway conditions.
- Solo flying, unaccompanied by a co-pilot or crew.
- The ability to manoeuvre an aircraft that is moving both sideways and forward, also known as flying “in the slip”.
Blue Chip Flight School is a pilot training academy located at the Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria. Contact Blue Chip Flight School or join our open day to start your piloting career with a private pilot’s licence. Join our approved syllabus and disciplined training programme with experienced flight instructors and admin staff, at our accredited in-house Private Pilot Licence exam centre.