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)

  1. You must be 15 years of age; however training may commence before this age.
  2. A medical examination (Class 1 or 2) must be done by a qualified aviation medical doctor.
  3. You must pass a technical examination of the aircraft chosen to train on, and a student pilot license exam.
  4. 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)

  1. You must hold a valid Student Pilot License.
  2. 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)
  3. Successfully pass 8 online theoretical examinations (pass mark 75%)
  4. Pass an English Language Proficiency Test (if required) with a level 4 or above.
  5. Complete a Restricted Radio License course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.