PRIVATE PILOT LICENSE
TOTAL FLIGHT HOURS
CROSS COUNTRY HRS
A private pilot license (PPL) will allow you to fly an aircraft as the pilot in command. You may fly any aircraft, even jets to any place in the world with passengers on board, but you may not be paid for it. If you want to make a living from your flying, you will need a commercial license.
Your instructor will teach you about the aerodynamics of an aircraft, the mechanical elements of airplanes, meteorology, flight planning, the human body, navigation, and many more things.
South Africa has some of the best aviation standards in the world. The qualifications are recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization - ICAO. This allows you to be able to go to any country registered under ICAO such as the USA, Europe, Australia, and many more.
This license typically takes between 3 to 5 months to obtain.
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SACAA PPL REQUIRMENTS
- Be 17 years or older
- Hold a valid class 1 or 2 medical aviation certificate
- Hold at least a valid restricted certificate of proficiency in radio-telephony
- Hold at least a level 4 English proficiency
- Show evidence of holding a valid Student Pilot License (SPL)
- Pass the theoretical SACAA knowledge examinations
- Pass the practical SACAA PPL skills test
- Completed not less than 45 hours flight time as pilot of an aeroplane with a mass in excess of 450 kg of which
- At least 25 hours are dual instruction
- A maximum of 5 hours dual instruction time may be accumulated in an aeroplane flight simulator
- Have at least 15 hours which are accumulated in solo flight, of which at least 5 hours are cross-country flight time; which must include one triangular cross-country flight of at least 150 NM, on which at least one point must be not less than 50 NM from base and must include full-stop landings at two different aerodromes away from base.