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Why learning to fly in Port Elizabeth is a good idea.

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PE is situated along the Eastern Coast of SA, and as a result, experiences a number of diverse weather patterns. PE is known as the ‘Windy City’ and the wind certainly does blow here!! However, far from it being a bad thing, it provides valuable experience to trainee pilots and gives them the confidence early on in their careers to handle strong winds.

PE also doesn’t experience the major thunderstorms that plague the inland areas during summertime. Being at sea level means that aircraft performance is greatly improved; and as such, smaller planes are suitable for flight training. Smaller planes are cheaper to run, and as a result, your total cost of training is slightly reduced.

Wintertime is a unique experience in the PE area. Cold fronts are a regular occurrence, so judging when it is safe to fly becomes second nature to pilots learning to train along coastal areas.



Port Elizabeth Airport is a fully functioning domestic airport that is served daily by 5 different South African airlines. This means that the facilities at the airport are of a high standard in order to cater for the airline operations. This has an advantage for anyone doing flight training in PE. A fully operational air traffic control service is available; which means that from day one you are exposed to how pilots and air traffic controllers interact. PE airport also has full instrument approach facilities. This means that should you do your instrument rating, there will be no need to fly to bigger airports in order to practice (Which will end up being a very costly exercise). Unlike the airspace in the Johannesburg area, PE’s airspace is not nearly as busy which means that you do not get overwhelmed by the sheer number of aircraft sharing the skies. Having said that, there are a sufficient number of aircraft flying around PE’s airspace at any one time to give the trainee pilot sufficient practice in dealing with looking out for other aircraft etc.

From day one you’ll be mixing it up with a range of other aircraft- from helicopters and fellow training aircraft to privately-owned aircraft and airliners!!



Port Elizabeth has its own General Flying Area (which is a demarcated block of airspace specifically for the purpose of flight training) a mere 15 minute’s flight time away. The General Flying Area is situated over the wilderness areas and mountains that mark the beginning of the famous Baviaanskloof mountain range. A very scenic flight is guaranteed every time you go for a training flight!


If you have any other questions regarding flight training in PE, then please feel free to contact me either via email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), or by phone (072) 253 8995

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