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Bassair Aviation

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Contact person
John Bassi
Contact No.
+ 27 (82) 892 9444
+27 (86) 664 4392
Postal Address
P O Box 14007
Street Address
Wonderboom Airport
South Africa

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Training Needed Basic Training (Microlight & LSA)
PPL (Private Pilot Licence)
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Established at Wonderboom Airport in 2001, John Bassi’s helicopter and fixed wing flight school has grown from strength to strength. Recognized as one of the country’s top training facilities for its high standards, professional outlook and excellent flying instructors, Bassair prides itself on individual student attention and a relaxed atmosphere in which to make the most of your training.

Since the school’s inception, Bassair has assisted over 200 aspiring helicopter and fixed wing pilots make their dreams come true.

YOUR PRIVATE PILOTS LICENCE (PPL) If you are looking for a combination of learning to fly, adventure-filled new experiences, blue skies, open spaces and sunshine, all combined with the highest standards of training, then join us and share our passion for helicopters and flying. The operations centre at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria serves as the central base for our daily activities. It is here, in friendly surroundings, that the majority of your helicopter training will take place. We are a SACAA (South African Civil Aviation Authority) approved, Part 141 training organization, providing a controlled airspace with student friendly Air Traffic Controllers. We operate in conjunction with an on site maintenance facility, ensuring that aircraft down time is kept to a minimum and presenting you with an opportunity to learn more about helicopter maintenance. By choosing us as your training establishment, you have already taken the first step towards a future in aviation and we would like to take this opportunity to assure you that our approach to flight training will always be professional, guaranteeing you the maximum benefit from your time spent with us.

EXPERIENCE AN INTRODUCTORY FLIGHT An introductory flight gives you the opportunity to experience the feel and control of a helicopter. During this flight your instructor will guide you through the pre-flight inspection and explain the basics of how the aircraft’s controls and instruments work. If you feel comfortable, you will actually do most of the flying yourself. Once you have decided that this is for you, the introductory flight will count towards your Private Pilots Licence.

THE TRAINING HELICOPTERS Training is completed on either the agile and manoeuvrable Robinson R22, a piston engine two-seater helicopter with a seat limitation of 106kgs, or the 4-seater Robinson 44 for the bigger guys.

THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS You must be at least 16 years old to go solo. You must obtain an aviation approved medical certificate before going solo. We do however recommend that students complete this before commencing flight training. The CAA requires a minimum of 50 hours of flight training in order to obtain a PPL (Private Pilot’s Licence) of which at least 25 of these hours are flown with an instructor in the aircraft (dual flight). A further 15 hours (minimum) are flown solo, but still under instructor supervision. A Private Pilots Licence allows you to fly with passengers, but not for reward or remuneration. If you want to fly fare-paying passengers or offer any kind of helicopter-based service, you will need to obtain a Commercial Pilots Licence after your PPL. The time taken to complete the PPL helicopter course depends entirely from person to person, however, if you already have aviation experience you will be able to complete the course in a shorter period. Full time students can complete the course in 6 - 8 weeks whilst part time students will take anything from 3 months depending on their availability.


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