We train both domestic students and international students. Regardless of your flight experience, we can take you to your next goal.

Whether you are simply looking to earn a Private Pilot License (PPL) for recreational flying, or you are working toward earning your Commercial Pilot License (CPL) for an airline pilot career job.

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A National Pilot Licence allows you the pilot to carry one other passenger and only fly during the daytime. Perfect for those who fly for fun.

A Private Pilot Licence is the first step towards obtaining a CPL. It allows you to carry a limited number of passengers.

The Pre-Requisites

  • Students are declared medically fit by an approved aviation medical examiner. We are able to assist you in making the relevant appointments.
  • You must be at least 15 for your SPL , 16 to go solo and 17 years of age before you can obtain your Private Pilot Licence.
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency standards.
  • Student Pilot Licence, medical and excess insurance must be in place prior to the first flight.

Practical Training

The minimum hours to obtain your Private Pilot Licence on a fixed wing aircraft are 45 hours and 50 on a helicopter which consists of:

  • 30 hours of dual flight training with an instructor on a fixed wing aircraft/35 hours of dual flight training with an instructor on a helicopter.
  • 15 hours of solo flight training including a minimum of five hours solo cross country navigation flight.
  • Practical flight and navigational skill test.

Notes

Navigation training could be extended to one more navigation to compensate for controlled airspace communication.

Each flying session includes a theoretical and or briefing component before and after each flight. The student is required to prepare beforehand.

Theoretical Training

The following subjects need to be passed with a pass mark of at least 75%:

  • Principles of Flight
  • Air Law
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Flight Planning and Performance
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Aircraft Technical and General
  • Restricted Radio Telephony Certificate

Each flying session includes a theoretical and or briefing component before and after each flight. The student is required to prepare beforehand.

Paramount Aviation Academy’s Night Rating Course allows you the pilot to fly at night conveniently.

Requirements

  • A valid Private Pilot Licence
  • Pass a SACAA online exam
  • 5 hours of Ground School
  • 5 hours of Simulator IF training
  • 5 hours of night flight training including a night cross country flight and at least 5 take offs and landings by night
  • Practical flight and navigational skill test

Instrument Rating course prepares you for flying with greater precision even in challenging weather conditions.

You may obtain your Instrument Rating as PPL or CPL holder. The theoretical subjects for a PPL Instrument Rating and a CPL Instrument rating are identical except that in order to obtain a CPL Aircraft Technical must be written.

The course is designed to make you a safe and proficient Instrument Pilot.

Requirements

  • Valid Private Pilot Licence or Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Valid Night Rating
  • Total of 200 hours of flight time (CPL)
  • Total of 250 hours of total flight time with 100 hours pilot in command (PPL)
  • Class 1 Medical Certificate

Practical Training

  • 50 hours cross country as pilot in command
  • 20 hours instrument flying in an aircraft
  • 20 hours instrument flying in a simulator
  • Pass a practical skills flight test with a Designated Flight Examiner

The following subjects need to be passed with a pass mark of at least 75%:

  • Principles of Flight
  • Air Law
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Flight Planning and Performance
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Aircraft Technical and General (CPL only)
  • General Radio Telephony Certificate

A commercial pilot may be compensated for flying. Training for the license focuses on a better understanding of aircraft systems and a higher standard of airmanship. The commercial license itself does not allow a pilot to fly in instrument meteorological conditions.

A commercial airplane pilot must be able to operate a complex airplane, as a specific number of hours of complex (or turbine-powered) aircraft time are among the prerequisites, and at least a portion of the practical examination is performed in a complex aircraft.

Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age before you can obtain your Commercial Pilot Licence
  • Valid Private Pilot Licence
  • Valid Night Rating
  • Total of 200 hours of flight time (CPL)
  • Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency standards

Practical Training

  • Minimum 100 hours pilot in command
  • Minimum 10 hours pilot in command by night
  • Minimum 50 hours cross country (CPL with IF)
  • Minimum 20 hours cross country (CPL only)
  • Minimum 40 hours instrument flying (20 hours can be on a simulator)
  • Pass a practical skills flight test with a Designated Flight Examiner

The following subjects need to be passed with a pass mark of at least 75%:

  • Instruments and Electronics
  • Air Law
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Flight Planning and Performance
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Aircraft Technical and General
  • General Radio Telephony Certificate

A Multi-Engine rating qualifies you to fly an aircraft with more than one engine.

Most employment opportunities require experience on Multi Engine Aircraft; the Commercial Pilot Licence preparation can overlap with an Initial Multi Engine Rating Preparation.

Requirements

The minimum requirement is a PPL with at least 150 total flying hours.

Notes

  • The initial Multi Engine conversion must be done with a suitable rated multi rated Instructor.
  • Ground School lectures totalling at least 4 hours will include theoretical flying technique and Multi Engine phraseology.
  • An Aircraft Technical will be completed before flying commences.
  • A Multi Engine quiz must be completed prior to the commencement of training.
  • A minimum of 7 hours towards a conversion on the Multi Engine Aircraft, 2 hours can be done on a simulator.
  • 20 hours of Instrument Training, of which 5 hours can be done on a simulator, 5 hours on a Single Engine Aircraft and 10 hours on a Multi-Engine aircraft.

Obtaining an Instructors Rating is money well invested. The most natural place for a Commercial Pilot to build hours towards an ATPL is by becoming a Flight Instructor.

An Instructor’s rating improves your abilities and skills and enhances employment opportunities and is mostly a requirement if you are interested in joining the Airlines.

Requirements

The only requirement is a valid Commercial Pilot Licence.

Practical Training

  • 20 hours of patter training of which 5 hours may be on a Simulator
  • 30 hours of ground briefings
  • Pass a practical skills test in lecturing and air exercises with a Designated Flight Examiner

The following subjects need to be passed with a pass mark of at least 75%:

  • Applied Meteorology & Navigation
  • Principles of Flight & Legislation

It is essential to know the minimum hours required by the South African Civil Aviation to obtain a licence are exactly that, the minimum requirements. It is unusual for a student to achieve the level of competency within these hour constraints. Every individual has different rates of learning and understanding, aptitude plays a major role in your progression and therefore additional training to meet the standards expected in testing, might lead to additional hours of training.

If you want to go all the way and become an Airline Captain this is the license that you will have to acquire. This is also the highest qualification you can get as a Pilot. This license consists of a ground school phase and to qualify for your ATPL you will require 1500 hours of flying experience which includes:

  • 250 hours as Pilot in command;
  • 75 hours of instrument flying and
  • 100 Night hours pilot in command

You must hold a valid medical certificate and subjects can be completed as soon as you have received your CPL. After passing your last ATPL subject, you have 5 years to complete your flight hours.

Westline Aviation offers a complete ATPL ground school study phase lasting nine weeks, during which the six ATPL subjects are lectured. The school has the capability to handle 30 students at a time during this phase. For helicopter CPL/ATPL students lectures are available to cover helicopter Aircraft Technical & General.

The subjects are as follows:

  • Navigation General
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft Technical & General
  • Flight Planning
  • Instruments
  • Radio Aids