Private Pilot License (PPL)

This qualification allows you to be Pilot in Command (PIC) of an aircraft and to carry passengers. This enables you to make all decisions pertaining to planning and executing a flight, during daylight hours, and in clear weather. You may not, however, receive remuneration for your flight.

Requirements for the issue of a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL):

  • You must hold a valid Student Pilot’s Licence.
  • You will be required to accumulate a minimum of 45 hours of flight time, which must include a minimum of 15 hours solo flight (alone) and a minimum of 25 hours dual flight instruction (flying with your instructor). The 25 dual flight instruction hours in aeroplane must include 5 hours of instrument flight instruction. These 5 hours may be completed in the aircraft. You will be required to accumulate at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time. Which entails a 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.
  • You must successfully complete 8 written examinations, which will test your knowledge on Engines & Airframes, Meteorology, Air Law, Navigation, Human Performance, Flight Planning, Restricted Radio and Principles of Flight. Pass mark 75%
  • You will be required to successfully pass a ground evaluation as well as a practical flight skills test. The first been the ground evaluation, during which the examiner will test the knowledge of the candidate in any area under the scope of which he/she has been trained. The success of the ground evaluation will be followed by General Flight Test, which must be conducted by a Grade One or Two flight instructor, and will focus on your ability to handle the aircraft in all normal, abnormal and emergency flight phases.

These are aspects that you will have covered extensively during your training, and this is now your chance to demonstrate your competency. During this flight test, the examiner will examine your ability to safely conduct navigation procedures, and you will be required to fly yourself and your examiner on a pre-planned triangular route, with at least two “away” landings, and flight in controlled airspace.

  • Upon accumulating the required flight time in your logbook, and passed the practical flight test, the necessary paperwork will be put together and then sent to the South African Civil Aviation Authority SA-CAA, with the applicable fees paid, and Student Pilot’s Licence will be upgraded and a Private Pilot’s Licence will be issued.

It is of utmost importance to understand that the 45 hours flight time, 25 hours Dual flight time, 15 hours Solo flight time and 5 hours Instrument time (which is towards Night Rating N.R) is the minimum flight time requirement by the South African Civil Aviation Authority. On rare occasions you would find candidates finishing with this flight time, the average flight time for the Private Pilot Licence varies between 55 – 70 hours. The Private Pilot Licence would take an average of 3 – 5 months for completion.

It is of utmost importance to understand that the 45 hours flight time, 25 hours Dual flight time, 15 hours Solo flight time and 5 hours Instrument time (which is towards Night Rating N.R) is the minimum flight time requirement by the South African Civil Aviation Authority. On rare occasions you would find candidates finishing with this flight time, the average flight time for the Private Pilot Licence varies between 55 – 70 hours. The Private Pilot Licence would take an average of 3 – 5 months for completion.

Be the first to add a review.

Please, login to leave a review
Add to Wishlist
Duration: 70 Hours
Level: Advanced
error: Action not allowed!