We recently hosted our Wings Ceremony to celebrate our newest pilots who successfully completed their South African flight training. As we reminisce the sheer joy on their faces upon receipt of their official qualifications – we would like to encourage you to come get your wings too.

Pilot training prerequisites

There is no upper age restriction for becoming a pilot and training can commence at the age of 16. This means that it is hardly ever too late or too early to make your pilot dreams come true – as long as you meet the following basic South Africa flight training requirements:

  • Must be declared as medically fit by an approved aviation medical examiner.
  • Must have a minimum of Level 4 English proficiency.

There are no specific subjects required to enrol for pilot training, but sound knowledge of mathematics and science will be advantageous.

Choosing a flight school

Founded more than two decades ago, Blue Chip Flight School at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria still remains a choice South African flight school. Here are the top reasons why:

  • More than 30,000 hours of flight experience.
  • Known for the fact that its pilots become captains.
  • Strict policy of no compromise relating to training quality and safety standards.
  • Training syllabus complies with the highest international training standards.
  • A team of industry leading flight instructors.

Blue Chip also has an accredited in-house training and examination centre, which means you can complete your practical and theoretical training and complete your exams – all at the same facility.

Types of pilot training

Blue Chip is fully endorsed to offer the following types of pilot training:

  • Private Pilot Licence (PPL): The basis for any aviation training, a PPL will enable you to fly an aircraft for recreational purposes only. To obtain a PPL, you will need to achieve a minimum of 75% in your theoretical exams. Plus you will have to complete a practical navigation and flight skills test, as well as a minimum of 25 hours dual flight training with an instructor, 15 hours of solo flight training and 5 hours of basic IF Simulator training.
  • Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL): A CPL will enable you to become a commercial pilot who is able to carry both cargo and passengers for monetary rewards. To obtain a CPL, you will need a valid PPL with night rating, pass the prescribed theoretical exams and complete a minimum total of 200 hours of flight time. To enhance your chances of employment in the commercial aviation space, it is also recommended to complete multi-engine rating training.

The enhanced pilot training concept

In conjunction with FlyJetstream Aviation, Blue Chip Flight School pioneered an enhanced pilot training concept to enhance the commercial market readiness of students who are enrolled for their Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL). The concept basically provides students with the rare opportunity to accompany a seasoned charter pilot on an actual flight, whilst in training. This approach has numerous benefits for the student:

  • Hands-on experience of the cockpit environment.
  • Exposure to flying into busy airports and crossing borders into other countries.
  • Observation of the flight planning dynamics and instrument mechanics.
  • Opportunities to network with charter pilots and key aviation support staff.

Click here for more information or to find out how you can become part of the Blue Chip Family.