A Private Pilot Licence is the first step on the ladder of aviation training. A person holding a Private Pilot Licence is allowed to fly an aircraft for recreational purposes during daytime in good weather conditions.

Doing your PPL in Pretoria with Blue Chip Flight School means you will be trained by Qualified and Experienced Flight Instructors in both the Theoretical and Practical Aspects of becoming a pilot.

See if you meet our Entry Requirements so you can apply.

PPL Requirements: What are the Pre-requisites?


Students are declared medically fit by an approved aviation medical examiner. Requirements are roughly the same as for a normal life insurance policy. We are able to assist in making the relevant appointments.

Citizenship & Legal Age

There is no minimum age to start your flight training, but you must be 16 years old to go solo and 17 to acquire your Private Pilot Licence. Any nationality is welcome to join us and we will assist them in attaining their licences.

Training for Private Pilot Licence

Theoretical Training

Our study guides and integrated training approach with the aid of our dedicated flight instructors offer assistance and guidance to pass the following stimulating and practically applied subjects with a pass-mark of at least 75%. The exams are written online using our computer-based Examination Management System linked with the South African Civil Aviation Authority.

  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Air Law
  • Principles of Flight
  • Aircraft Technical and General
  • Human Performance
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Restricted Radio Licence

Practical / In-Flight

  • Minimum 25 hours dual flight training with an instructor
  • Minimum 15 hours of solo flight training including a minimum of three hours solo cross country navigation flight
  • Practical flight and navigation skills test
  • 5 Hours Basic IF Simulator training

Integrated Training Approach

Each flying session includes a theoretical component or briefing of respectively 30 min. before and after each flight. The student will also be shown what to prepare for in terms of checks, flows, procedures, vital actions and theory before the next flight.

Our PPL program is structured to reward students who are willing to do more than just the minimum. Our practical flying approach also offers opportunities for ‘critical-analytical’ thinking, i.e. to learn from one’s mistakes and those of others and the possible outcomes, solutions and remedies; as well as ‘risk assessment’ briefings applicable to the professional pilot in his airline transport career.

Enquire Today To Start Private Pilot Training

Blue Chip Flight School Pretoria is where aspiring pilots train and nurture their passion whilst gaining their private pilot licence, ultimately becoming skilled and sought after pilots.

Contact us now to get started on your pilot training, because our pilots become captains.