INFORMATION LETTER FOR NON-SOUTH AFRICAN STUDENTS
Hi there. Congratulations on finding Madiba Bay School of Flight
(MBSF). You have found a truly great school.
Please read through all the information that is available on our website,
and especially the items on this particular web page. It will answer
many of the questions you might have, including visas, accommodation,
courses, duration of training and so forth.
We are well aware that there are other good flight schools for you to
choose from, so please compare us to them in terms of the following
We know that flight training is expensive, which is why we do
everything in our power to put flight training within the reach of as
many people as possible.
For this reason, we require no big lump sum deposits. Rather, we allow
you to pay as you go. Also, if you ever decide to leave the school, we
will fully refund ALL the remaining money in your account to you. We
have no non-refundable deposits.
We do have credit card facilities so you can swipe your card, but the
bank takes a 3% commission for that.
Alternatively you can do a swift transfer from your home country, and
your parents/sponsors may continue to make transfers once you are
here. The bank also takes their cut out of such a transfer.
We will help you open your own bank account once you are in South
Africa (student visa only; people on visitors visas are not eligible for a
There are no formal requirements for anyone who desires to enroll for
flight training. Below, I list some of the requirements that people often
There are no educational requirements for you to enroll in Flight
Training. Maths and Science may be helpful but are not essential.
Your application for a Student Pilot License (SPL) is made to the South
African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) and will need to be
accompanied by a valid Aviation Medical Certificate. Only South African
doctors who also have the required aviation accreditations, may
examine pilots to determine medical fitness for the SACAA.
There are very few medical conditions that will disqualify a candidate
from being a pilot. It is logical that any condition that would cause you
to become incapacitated or to lose consciousness, would be relevant.
Heart conditions, lung conditions, epilepsy and such things would
disqualify you from being a pilot. If you have been on any medication
for depression or anxiety, then you may need a psychiatrist report.
If you are currently not in South Africa, and are concerned about a
particular condition that you might have, you can go see an aviation
specialist doctor in your country and they should be able to tell you
whether or not your condition will disqualify you or not.
You may fly with glasses, but being colour blind may disqualify you from
being a career pilot, depending on how badly you are colour blind.
For non-South Africans, you will need to undergo a language
proficiency check, but we do have a fully qualified in-house language
expert for that purpose.
In terms of language requirements, however, you have to understand
that aviation all over the world is in English. If your English is very poor
or non-existent, we will first have to assist you in obtaining at least a
level 4 in Aviation English before you can begin with flight training. This
same requirement will exist in any country you may choose to do your
flight training, because it is an ICAO requirement. (International Civil
Aviation Organization) ICAO is part of the United Nations.
As a visitor to South Africa, you may have to apply for a visa. A visitors
visa to South Africa is valid for 3 months.
A Private Pilot License (PPL) will take a minimum of 3 months to get. So
though it is possible to do a PPL on a visitors visa, it is advisable to get a
student visa instead, which may be valid for 1 or more years, and is
renewable in South Africa.
If you aim to get a student visa, then please follow the step-by-step
outline which is one of the items that you may find on this web-page.
Course start dates:
You may arrive at ANY time and we will tailor make your training to suit
your needs. We do not have student batches, and so neither do we
have course start dates. Every person is a unique individual and we will
ensure that your training, including ground school, will suit your
MBSF does not have its own accommodation, however we do have
preferred suppliers of accommodation with whom we have strong
relationships and whom we trust to take good care of you. All of these
accommodations are within an easy 10 to 15 min walk from the airport.
Just about any other flight school that you may go to will not have
accommodation within walking distance.
The school makes no money from student accommodation and we do
not mind if you prefer to rent a flat on the beach front. That is up to
you, and there are students who take that route. Many students buy
scooters or cheap cars which can later be sold to other students again.
Once you have a visa, and have bought an airline ticket, please let us
know your date and time of arrival, and we will arrange your
accommodation, and we will ask your landlord to meet you at the
The airline that brings you to South Africa will bring you as far as
Johannesburg. From there you will need to catch a connecting flight to
Port Elizabeth. When booking this flight, please ensure that you allow
enough time between the arrival of the international flight, and the
departure of the domestic flight to Port Elizabeth. Please let us know
your arrival date and time so that we can arrange for you to be met at
the airport upon arrival.
If you have any further questions, please let us know, and perhaps that
will help us to upgrade this information document.
When beginning your application, please make sure to download and fill-out the following forms, and or collect the relevant information. These will be requested by the staff member manning the firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
Momentum Health Insurance application, email address
MBSF Application Form
English Terra Form Education