Private Pilot License
A Private Pilot License (PPL) is seen as a license for people who want to pursue aviation as a hobby.
This qualification allows you to be pilot in command for private use, i.e fly for pleasure or business, personal transportation and carry passengers during daytime and in clear weather conditions.
A PPL is also the starting point for a Commercial Pilot License (CPL) should you wish to ultimately become a professional pilot.
Requirements for Student and Private Pilot License
Ab-initio - Student Pilot License (SPL)
- You must be 15 years of age; however training may commence before this age.
- A medical examination (Class 1 or 2) must be done by a qualified aviation medical doctor.
- You must pass a technical examination of the aircraft chosen to train on, and a student pilot license exam.
- Pay the fee to issue the SPL. The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) will allocate a License number which will enable you to start writing your PPL theory exams. Students who prove to be proficient enough after a minimum of 10 hrs dual flying will be sent for the first time Solo – minimum age is 16 years old. This is a truly memorable experience, which signifies your official entry into the prestigious group of Aviators.
Private Pilot License (PPL)
- You must hold a valid Student Pilot License.
- You will need to accumulate a minimum of 45 hrs of flight training, of which: minimum 25 hrs Dual flight instruction, minimum 15 hrs Solo (this must include at least 5 hrs solo cross-country flying)
- Successfully pass 8 online theoretical examinations (pass mark 75%)
- Pass an English Language Proficiency Test (if required) with a level 4 or above.
- Complete a Restricted Radio License course.
- You must be 17 years of age to take your 2 practical flight tests. The first being a General Flight Test (GFT) which will focus on your ability to handle the aircraft in any situation. The second test is a cross-country Navigation Test which will focus on your ability to navigate safely with the examiner on a planned triangular route within a controlled air space and perform landings at other airfields away from base.
- Once you have achieved competency and passed all practical and theoretical requirements, your training documentation will be checked and sent to the CAA.
A fee must be paid for issuing the PPL and finally have your SPL upgraded to a PPL.