Private Pilot Licence
This qualification allows you to be Pilot in Command (PIC) of an aircraft and to carry passengers. This enables you to make all decisions pertaining to planning and executing a flight, during daylight hours, and in clear weather. Additional qualifications are required to fly at night and in cloudy conditions. You may not, however, receive remuneration for your flying activities. This licence is required even if your ultimate goal is to become a Commercial Pilot, as it allows you to accumulate the relevant experience that is essential for any advanced qualifications.
Requirements for the issue of a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL):
Pilot Training Courses
ZIMBABWE FLIGHT CENTRE ACADEMY/Airborne Aviation offers a ground school that meets the standards of both ICAO and the South African Civil Aviation Authority. With innovative presentations that are constantly updated and qualified instructors, you can rest assured knowing that your aircraft theoretical knowledge will be of a high standard – making you a safer more professional pilot.
There are two ground schools that you can join.
For the person who wishes to take to the skies for the first time in order to obtain your PPL or Private Pilot Licence (Aeroplane), we offer:
Air Law for the Private Pilot: Air Law provides order in the skies. What makes Air Law such a fascinating subject is that differs from state to state.
- Human Performance and Limitations: It is estimated that 75% of all accidents can be attributed to less than optimum human performance. This fact alone has created a need for a pilot to understand ones body and the factors that affect him/her. This understanding allows us to reduce the possibility of accidents resulting from pilot error.
- Principles of Flight: This is the how and why an aircraft flies and the factors that affect it.
- Aircraft General: How does the engine work, the various components and the structure of the aircraft.
- Meteorology: Is the study of weather and its phenomena. As a pilot, we need to understand the atmosphere that we are flying through.
- Flight Planning: Flight planning forms an essential part of every flight. It ensures the aircraft is in it’s limits, it will have sufficient runway to take-off from and land on, you can find the most efficient cruise performance and plan climbs and descents accurately.
- Navigation: Allows you to fly from point A to B, both accurately and safely, learn how to read maps and navigate through the skies you fly through.
- Restricted Radio Course: Good radio procedures are essential. Not only do they help to streamline air traffic, they are essential to the safety of aircraft. It is an absolute necessity that pilots understand the air traffic system and are able to work smoothly within it.
For the person who wishes to improve his/her ability and advance to a Commercial Licence with an Instrument Rating:
Radio Aids: Is the theory behind the use and operation of various navigational beacons.
- Meteorology: A more in-depth study of the weather based on what you learnt during your PPL Training.
- Air Law and Operations: The law that governs the sky and the various procedures an instrument rated pilot has to follow.
- Aircraft General: Is the study of the aircraft airframes, electrical systems and principles of flight
- Flight Planning: To be able to prepare adequately for an IFR flight
- Instruments: The theory behind the instrumentation in an aircraft and its method of operation
- Human Performance and Limitations: Looking at how the human body and mind react and respond in various circumstances.
- Navigation: Is more advanced, by incorporating further distances.
Private Pilot License (PPL)
Course consists of a minimum 45 hours of ground training and a minimum of 40 hours of flight training on Cessna 152 and 172 Aircraft. An average student takes about 45 to 50 hours of flight training. Out of the required minimum of 45 hours, the student must have completed at least:
- 30 hours of dual instruction with a Flight Instructor
- 15 hours of solo flight
- The student must 17 years or older
- High school or equivalent as a minimum education
- Good command of the English language.
- Have to passed the theoretical knowledge examinations.
- Class II Medical certificate by a South African CAA.
Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)
Aim of the Course
The aim of the CPL course is to train pilots to the level of proficiency necessary to enable the pilot to fly for compensation or hire. This will include flying people, cargo, or in a variety of other capacities.
- High school or equivalent as a minimum education
- Good command of the English language
- Minimum age 17 year to enroll for the course and 18 years to obtain a licence
- Class I Medical certificate by a South Africa CAA physician
- A total of 200 hours flight time consisting of:
- Note more than 20 hours in an Flight Simulator
- 100 hours as PIC (pilot in command)
- 20 hours of Cross-Country as PIC (pilot in command)
- 5 hours of Night Flying as PIC (pilot in command)
- 5 hours in an advance airplane (Adjustable flaps, retractable undercarriage and variable pitch)
- 20 Hours of Instrument Instruction
Instrument Rating (IR)
The Instrument Rating gives the ability to control the aircraft without reference to the ground or horizon, using flight and navigation instruments. This is required of the professional pilot who must be able to demonstrate proficiency in instrument flying regardless of the type of aircraft they fly. Instrument training is among the most challenging and satisfying parts of the program.
The Instrument Rating is generally done in conjunction with the CPL. Therefore, the higher requirements listed apply:
- Hold a valid Night Rating;
- 50 Hours of Cross-Country as PIC;
- 40 Hours Instrument Instruction
- In the case of Multi-Engine Rating, at least 5 hours of instrument instruction will be in a Multi-Engine.
Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL)
Aim of the Course
The aim of the Frozen ATPL (A) integrated course is to train pilots to the level of proficiency necessary to enable them to operate as co-pilot on multi-pilot, multi-engine aeroplanes in commercial air transportation. It is an ab-initio course (no previous flying experience is required). The ATP License is “frozen” until the pilot reaches 1,500 hours of flying experience, of which 500 must be in multi-crew transport aircraft.
Syllabus of the Course
Theoretical Knowledge: 900 hours
Flying Training: 200 hours (Minimum)
Duration of the Course: 70 weeks (Minimum)
Structure of the Course
The frozen ATPL course is a full time training program, with the theory consisting of Computer Based Training and classroom training. The aim of the ground school is to equip prospective pilots with aviation theory in order to retain and apply this knowledge in flying. The theoretical knowledge syllabus of the frozen ATPL (A) Integrated course covers the following subjects:
- Aircraft General Knowledge
- Principle of Flights
- General Navigation
- Radio Navigation
- Human Performance
- Air Law
- Operational Procedures
- Flight Performance
- Mass & Balance
- Aeroplane Performance
- VFR Communication
- IFR Communication
- SACAA Class 1 Medical Certificate
- Minimum 17 years of age (18 years at the time of license issue)
- High School Grade 12 or equivalent and demonstrate a good understanding of Mathematics and Physics
- Proficiency in English is expected – ICAO Level 3 before commencing the course and ICAO Level 4 at license issue
.BEFORE YOU REGISTER PLEASE GO THROUGH SOME OF OUR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS BELOW,THEN AFTER,IF SATISFIED PROCEED WITH REGISTRATION ON THE FORM BELOW THE F.A.Qs.
A Discovery Flight is a flight of approximately 30-40 minutes, intended to familiarize you with the airplane, the airport, and with the flying environment. During most Discovery Flights, the student sits in the left seat, and the instructor allows the student to fly for a majority of the flight. Interested? Schedule a Discovery Flight!What are the basic requirements to become a pilot?
The answer to this question has many parts:
• You must be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English Language.
• You must submit to a physical and hold at least a class 1 medical certificate.
• You must be 16 years old to obtain your student pilot license and to solo.
• You must to be 17 years old to obtain your private pilot license
•Your total flying time must be at least 45 hours.
• Of the 45 hours at least 10 hours must be solo flight time
• Of the 10 hours solo at least 5 hours must be cross-country (flying from one airport to another at least 50 nautical miles away)
• You must pass the SACAA Private Pilot written exam.
• You must pass the Private Pilot Oral and Practical (Flying) Exam.Is there an age limit for obtaining a Private Pilot rating?
The SACAA require an individual to be at least 16 years of age to operate an aircraft solo, and 17 years of age to obtain a Private Pilot certificate. There is not an age limitation on beginning flight lessons with a certified flight instructor. There is no maximum age for acquiring a private pilot certificate. Once someone gets this certificate, they may exercise the privileges of that certificate as long as they continue to get a medical certificate and a biannual flight review.
What is a medical certificate / student license?
Every pilot must obtain a medical certificate in order to exercise the privileges of their pilot’s license—there are three classes of medical certificates, 1st class medical (most stringent), good for six months, and required for use with an Airline Transport rating), 2nd class medical (good for one year and required for use with a Commercial rating), and 3rd class medical (good for three years if you are under 40, two years if 40 or older). Your medical certificate also acts as a student license while you are in training.
How do I obtain my Student License – Third Class Medical Certificate?
We will provide you a list of SACAA certified physicians who serve as flight medical examiners. Your medical certificate will also serve as your student pilot license.
How soon until I actually fly the plane?
Immediately! You will be in the left seat from the first moment on. Your first lesson will include takeoff, controlling the airplane, discovering how much fun flying is and landing. These are all done with the instructor’s assistance, but make no mistake about it, we want you to be in control.How many hours do I have to fly before I fly solo?
There is no requirement for hours before solo. This is based on the judgment of one’s instructor. However; the time is dependent upon you. If you fly every day you will become proficient quicker. Some students solo between eight and fifteen hours. If you fly two to three times a week you can conceivably solo in that range. Others take more time.
How long will it take to earn my pilots certificate?
Training time is dependent upon you. Your time, budget and desire to learn are the key determinants of the length of time and your success. You will need a minimum of 40 hours flying time, so one can earn a pilots license in a month if they fly every day. Some students become licensed pilots in the matter of a few months. If you fly two times a week you can conceivably earn your license in five months or less. Others take more time, even a year or more if they desire.
Can I bring a friend or significant other on some lessons?
Yes, on some lessons but always with your instructor. It is nice to bring someone especially cross countries. You can never fly Solo with a passenger until you earn your certificate.
Can I learn to fly in my own plane?
Of course! Our goal is to help you be comfortable, no matter what airplane you’re in.Do I need to be a pilot to purchase a plane?
No, anyone can purchase an aircraft. If you do plan on purchasing a plane, ask us! We happily will help make sure that the plane is in good condition.
What is the cost to become a pilot?
Flight time and professional instruction are cheaper than you think. We try to make it affordable for most people. We have a special program for financing that is tailored to earning pilot certificates, so there may even be an opportunity to finance your training time. We can help you work out a budget and training schedule to fit your needs.For our prices,please send qoute request to
wz.oc.acfznull@stnuocca or call us on +2638644264900.
What financing options are available for international students?
Generally, there are several options available for flight training. We recommend a system that gives you a line of credit and you borrow as you go. Using financing you will be able to fly more often and get your license in minimum time thus saving money. Come in and we will be glad to provide you with the details.
Does the financing apply only to obtaining a Private Pilot rating?
No. Financing is usually available to obtain a Private rating all the way through Instrument, Commercial and Multi-Engine and Flight Instructor rating.If I live outside the SADC REGION, what is required for me to train in the SA?
Generally the flight instructors and students must be SACAA approved. Our instructors are. More specifically it is recommended to visit sites, such as www.sacaa.co.za , where requirements for foreign citizens are posted. Once in SOUTH AFRICA, the training requirements for a citizen of another country are different e.g for a ZIMBABWEAN & SOUTH AFRICAN citizen as a foreign student will be required to have a study permit,which we assist to acquire once registered as our student .
Where can I find information on career opportunities for pilots?
Aviation-related websites, such as www.beapilot.com, or www.aopa.org. Aviation related magazines are also a good source