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This is the official website for the Recreational Aviation Administration - South Africa.

They regulate recreational flying and are answerable to the SACAA.

They tend to be far more efficient than the CAA in terms of service delivery.

RAASA handles NPL -LSA (National Pilot Licens - Light Sport Aircraft).  If you hold an NPL-LSA, you may fly any three axis aircraft you are rated on, up to a maximum all-up weight of 600kg.

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If you have never flown before, it is an excellent idea to start with a Trial Lesson.

 

The total experience takes about an hour and includes a briefing on how the basic controls work, and a short flight, where you handle the flight controls in flight, under the guidance and protection of your Flight Instructor.

 

This experience is guaranteed to give you clarity as to whether flying is really something you want to pursue. You will know.

 

It costs R1175 in the Sling 2, our two seater training aircraft.

A PPL is a Private Pilot License.  It is a stand-alone license, like having a car license, but if you want a career as a Pilot, you have to take the next step, the CPL - Commercial Pilot License. 

The minimum requirements for a PPL are:

  • 45 hours Flight Training

  • 8 Written Exams

  • Aviation Medical

  • 17 years of age (but you can start at 16).

NOTE: although 45 hours are the minimum required hours, most people take longer to reach the required standard, especially if they fly part-time! Most people take between 55 to 65 hours, and some take longer. So it is wise to budget for more.

 

The PPL costs in the region of R120,000 to R140,000 if completed in the 45 hours with all exams passed on the first attempt, and within one year.

 

Please find our brochure attached for more information.

What must you study for Matric to become a pilot?

 

It depends.

 

If you or your folks are paying for you, and you are planning to go to a small to medium-sized approved Flight School, then the answer is: study what you want to for matric. We don't look at your results. We just care about your love, your passion, your insatiable desire, to fly.

 

If you want to go to a Flight Academy or get funding for your training, then you will need maths Core and Physics. Why? Because they want to be sure you have the brains to complete the exams. Flying Exams require 75% to pass.

 

That said, the following subjects smooth your road to aviation: Biology, Geography, Maths Core to about Grade 7 or 8 - you will use trigonometry and algebra in your Commercial and Airline Transport Pilot exams. You may get one or two algebra questions for your PPL, but as long as you can add and subtract and multiply and apply logic, you will be fine. English to a good standard is a must, because the exams test your understanding of English.

Here are the youngest ages for the different licenses:

You may start flight training at 15, but must be

  • 16 to fly solo, and

  • 17 to do your PPL flight test (Private Pilot License). You must be

  • 18 to do your CPL flight test (Commercial Pilot License), and

  • 21 for your ATPL flight test (Airline Transport Pilot License).

As long as you pass your aviation medical, there is no upper age limit.

For a CPL, you need:

  • a minimum of 200 hours Flight Training

  • Be 18 years old

  • hold a Class 1 Aviation Medical

  • Pass the 8 written exams

The very first step to take to becoming a Commercial Pilot (CPL) is to complete the PPL - Private Pilot License.

 

The minimum requirements for a PPL are:

  • 45 hours Flight Training

  • 8 Written Exams

  • Aviation Medical

  • 17 years of age (but you can start at 16).

NOTE: although 45 hours are the minimum required hours, most people take longer to reach the required standard, especially if they fly part-time! Most people take between 55 to 65 hours, and some take longer. So it is wise to budget for more.

 

The good news is that these hours for PPL fall inside your CPL required hours and so are part of the cost on the way to the CPL.

 

It is difficult to quote a price for a CPL because there are different options and different factors that go into what it will cost. It can be anywhere from around R400,000 up to R1,000,000 depending on the aircraft flown, and could be more. It depends how you approach it.

 

The PPL costs in the region of R120,000 to R140,000 if completed in the 45 hours with all exams passed on the first attempt.

To start flying with us, you will need to:

  • Join the Club

  • Complete a Course Contract

  • Follow the steps on the "new student" form

  • Email the forms to telani@pmbaeroclub.co.za 

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