Frequently Asked Questions, Answered!

Have a few questions about getting your Pilots Licence? No problem! Have a look at our most frequently asked questions below, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, drop us an email.


You can get your SPL (student pilots licence) at the age of 15.
You can do your first solo flight as part of training for your Private Pilot’s Licence once you have turned 16 years old. If you start your flight training at 15, you will have to wait an entire year before being able to fly solo. This is not ideal, as you will have to keep up your flying skills for an entire year and this costs money. We suggest starting your flight training when you turn 16 years old.

Yes you can! We offer a selection of study options. Ground school and training flights will be arranged to fit in with your schooling schedule and you will be able to set your own pace. We recommend training flights to take place at least twice a week. If you are interested in becoming a Commercial Pilot, the earlier you start your flight training, the better. If you start your flight training at the age of 17, you could be ready to qualify for your Commercial Pilots Licence during your first year after matric. This means, you could be a Commercial Pilot or even a flight instructor by the age of 19.

Definitely. We will arrange ground school classes and training flights over weekends and in the evenings. Most of the training is one-on-one, so you will be able to arrange the best times for your flight training with your instructor.

There are many factors to take into consideration as each individual is different and has different circumstances. Some students will be able to fly every day or every evening, while others will only be able to have training twice or three times a week. Each student sets his/her own pace when training for their PPL. It can take anything from 3 to 12 months to complete.

A full PPL can be completed in as little as 6 weeks but can also take up to 3 months to complete. There are many factors involved which determine how fast a student can complete the training. For example: Flight training will be quicker to complete in summer than in winter due to rain and cloud cover.

A minimum of 45 hours is required by law. This will consist of 25 hours flying with your instructor, 15 hours solo flight and a further 5 hours instrument rating. Keep in mind this is the minimum amount of hours. We will only let a student fly solo if we are confident he/she is up to standard.

There is no limit to how old you can be to learn how to fly. As long as you pass the relevant medical exams you can get your pilots licence. If you have been declared medically unfit, you will not be able to start training for your pilots licence.

It is difficult to give an exact amount, but if the PPL is completed in the minimum hours required by law and all the exams are passed on the first attempt, the cost will be approximately R97 000.00 including all your study material and ground school. For a more detailed costing breakdown, please contact our office.

Yes you can. You will have to discuss this with your instructor so that he can work out a package to suit your specific wants and needs.

Once you are a qualified Private Pilot you will need to fly 3 hours a month as the pilot in command. If you do not own your own aircraft, our flight school does have a hire to fly facility where a pilot can hire an aircraft on an hourly basis.

You will need to do 10 instrument flying hours, of which 5 may be done on a simulator. You will then need to fly a VFR night navigation exercise.

You can apply at our flight school at any time of the year, throughout the year. We are open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year except for Christmas and New Year’s days.

In most countries it is accepted. You will have to redo your Medical Examination as well as your Air Law exam and PPL flight test. The same goes for a pilot who has obtained his Private Pilots Licence in another country and wishes to fly in South Africa.

No, you will have to go to a doctor who is approved by the Institute of Aviation Medicine. These doctors are called Designated Aviation Medical Examiners or DAMEs. Only a South African medical certificate can be accepted.

Our flight school is based in Cape Town, here is a list of DAMEs in the area:

Dr. Barnard
Intercare Panorama
Address: C/o Rothschild Blvd and Hennie Winterbach Str, Panorama, Cape Town, 7500
Phone: 021 879 0400

Dr Rosendorff and Partners
Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital
Address: C/o DF Malan Street and Rua Bartholemeu Dias Plain, Foreshore, Cape Town
Tel: 021 441 0000

Mobile consulting room
Signature Flight Support Building
Address: Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town
Tel: 021 424 2003

Dr Rehana Hoosain
Cape Medical and Dental Centre
Address: 297 Main Road, Claremont, Kenilworth
Tel: 021 761 8594 / 083 280 1007

Class IV for Glider and Balloon Pilots
Class III for Microlight Pilots
Class II for Private Pilots
Class I for Commercial and Airline Pilots

During your medical exam they will test the condition of your heart as well as the following:

• Blood pressure
• Cardiovascular system
• Respiratory system
• Vision, including colour vision and depth perception
• Hearing

You can book your medical exam as soon as you make the decision to become a pilot. You can contact our flight school should you have any questions regarding booking your medical exam. All students are responsible for the payment of their medical exam; it is not included in our course.

If you are over the age of 40, you will need to be reexamined more often then someone under the age of 40.

• Class II (Under the age of 40) – 24 Months
• Class II (Over the age of 40) – 12 Months
• Class I (Under the age of 40) – 12 Months
• Class I (Over the age of 40) – 6 Months

The law states that a pilot can fly for 6 days in a row, but must take the 7th day off for resting. It is illegal to fly 7 days a week.

Yes, they are made every 10 hours by the chief or senior flight instructor. This ensures that you are given the highest quality flight training throughout your course. You will also receive a progress report on your performance.

Ground school forms the foundation to becoming a great pilot. We believe that proper foundations result in less time in the sky, less time in the sky means you save money!

Yes, many pilots wear glasses or contact lenses. You will need to mention this during your medical.

It is always a good foundation to have English, Mathematics, Science and Geography, but it is not compulsory.

No. No one is born able to fly an aircraft. This is why we have flying schools like ours to teach people how to fly.

When you come to our flying school for your first flying lesson, your flight instructor will explain the booking process to you. We have an online booking site. You will be able to find it on our links page.

No, our flying school as well as any other flying school cannot guarantee that. If you work hard, and study you should be able to pass easily.

No, our flying school does not have a dress code, we only ask that you dress appropriately.