If you’re thinking about becoming a pilot in South Africa, here’s 8 Pilot Pointers to follow when studying the theory and applying practical application in pursuit of a private or commercial pilot’s licence.

To achieve a private pilot’s licence, the foundation for a commercial pilot’s license, pilot students will be required to meet theoretical and practical standards in order to become a certified pilot in South Africa. A PPL (Private Pilot’s Licence) for daytime, recreational flights, in aircrafts up to 5.7 tons (accompanied by non-paying passenger) requires 3 basic requirements to be met;

  1. Students to be over the age of 17
  2. Able to speak, read and write English
  3. Pass an obligatory medical exam

Once the basic requirements, as per the above, are met, aspiring pilots will now need to realise theoretical and practical objectives.

To achieve PPL success in both the theory and practical pilot licence requisites, see 8 Pilot Pointers for aspiring pilots to practice during aviation training:

1 – Airport circuit

Learning the different paths or circuits that air traffic is coordinated by, including straight-in or direct climb-out patterns.

2 – Emergency flying

Emergency tactics that may be implemented during an in-flight emergency in order to ensure the safest course is followed when a flight is under duress.

3 – Instrument flying

Also referred to as IFR, refers to qualifications required for a pilot to fly without visibility (at higher altitudes, in the dark or under poor weather conditions).

4 – Crosswind flying

Crosswind flying is the ability to take off or land an aircraft when prevailing winds are perpendicular to the runway.

5 – Navigation

Studying the various airspace systems that all aviation students need to master for compliant aviation navigation.

6 – Take-off and landing

Understanding various maneuvers required for take-off and landing that can be applied for various runway conditions.

7 – Flying solo

Regulations and requirements applied during a solo fight, unaccompanied by a co-pilot or support crew.

8 – Side slipping

Flying in a slip is the ability to maneuver an aircraft that is moving both sideways and forward, relative to oncoming winds.

With a minimum pass mark of 75% on all theory exams, the 8 private pilot’s licence examinations include;

  1. Navigations
  2. Air Law
  3. Principles of Flight
  4. Restricted Radio License
  5. Aircraft Technical and General
  6. Flight Performance and Planning
  7. Meteorology
  8. Human Performance

Alongside theoretical applications, aviation students will also need to achieve a PPL practical prerequisite of a total of 45 hours flight time and 48 inflight lessons. The 45 hours flight time is made up of the following:

  • 25 Dual flight hours (with a flight instructor)
  • 15 Solo flight hours
  • 5 Hours of simulator training

The 48 hours inflight lessons consist of:

  • Practical flight
  • Navigation skills test

With the intent to turn pilots into captains, Blue Chip Flight School abides by a strict international training syllabus and is an accredited pilot testing centre providing PPL and CPL training for aspiring pilots for the past 19 years.