A pilot’s licence is a certification issued by Civil Aviation Authorities accrediting individuals with clearance to fly an aircraft.

Aspiring pilots who have met the necessary requirements, adhering to the theoretical modules and practical pilots training process will qualify as a certified pilot in South Africa.

When embarking on the journey to becoming a pilot in South Africa, students begin with accomplishing their Private Pilot’s Licence or PPL. Although, still with limitations, the holder of an entry level Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) is cleared to;

  • Partake in day time flight logs in your private capacity
  • Recreational and hobby flying
  • Able to fly aircrafts up to 5.7 tons
  • Transport non-paying passengers

Once a Private Pilot’s Licence has been accomplished pilot students can then pursue a Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) allowing qualified commercial pilots to be paid for their work as a pilot, provided it is done so under a legal operator’s certificate.

The basic requirements to begin your Private Pilot’s Licence training, aspiring students need;

  • To be over the age pf 17
  • Speak, read and write English
  •  Pass an obligatory medical exam

Provided the basic requirements are met, students can begin their PPL qualification process which includes the completion of theory and particle requirements.

The theoretical Private Pilot’s Licence syllabus requires a pass rate of 75% or more across the following 8 modules;
– Navigations

– Air Law

– Principles of Flight

– Restricted Radio License

– Aircraft Technical and General

– Flight Performance and Planning

– Meteorology

– Human Performance

Together with theory applications pilot students will need to achieve practical aviation experience that includes;

– 48 inflight lessons

– 45 hours flight time made up of;

25 Dual flight hours accompanied by a flight instructor
15 Solo flight hours
5 Hours of simulator training
Practical flight / Navigation skills test

Now that a Private Pilot’s Licence has been accomplished a CPL or Commercial Pilots Licence accreditation may begin. Keeping in mind that alongside basic CPL training and qualification, there are a number of sub-qualifications and ratings that commercial pilot student will need to complete (based on the type of aircraft they wish to fly, instrumentation used and whether the commercial pilot seeks to become a flight instructor after final CPL accreditation).

In additional to achieving  a Private Pilot’s Licence, Commercial Pilot Students will need to;

  • Be cleared through the achievement of a class 1 medical certificate
  • Pass all theory examinations including;
    Flight Planning & Performance
    Instruments & Electronics
    Human performance
    Air Law & Operational Procedures
    Radio aids & Communication
    Aviation Meteorology
  • Log a minimum of 200 hours of flight time
  •  Log a minimum of 100 hours as a pilot in command.

Additional and sub-qualifications that commercial pilots may need to achieve include;

  • general certificate of proficiency in radiotelephony
  • Night Rating

If you’re considering becoming a Private or Commercial Pilot, contact Blue Chip Flight School specialising in PPL and CPL training for aspiring pilots while abiding by a strict international training syllabus and an accredited pilot testing centre.