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South African Pilot Licence Requirements

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 08:59 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 29 November 2011 12:35

Except for a student’s pilot licence, no person will be allowed to have a pilot’s licence unless he/she has demonstrated proof that they have the ability to speak English to an acceptable level.
 

Student Pilot Licence (SPL)

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 09:15 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 29 November 2011 12:39

In order to qualify for a Student Pilot Licence, the SACAA requires that you meet all of the requirements mentioned below.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

   

Private Pilot Licence- Aeroplane (PPL-A)

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 09:21 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 29 November 2011 12:55

In order to be issued with a Private Pilot Licence in South Africa, the following minimum requirements need to be met:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • An applicant for a PPL-A has to be at least 17 years old
  • The applicant must also have a valid class I or II medical certificate
  • The applicant must have a valid Restricted Radio Licence (done as part of your PPL training)
  • An applicant must have a valid SPL, or show evidence of having held either a valid pilot’s licence issued by a foreign state, OR, a South African Air Force pilot qualification, OR, a Recreational Pilot Licence within the previous 60 months (5 Years)

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Private Pilot Licence- Helicopter (PPL-H)

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 09:25 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 29 November 2011 13:05

In order to be issued with a Private Pilot Licence in South Africa, the following minimum requirements need to be met:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • An applicant for a PPLH must be at least 17 years of age
  • The applicant must hold a valid class I or II medical certificate
  • The applicant must have a valid Restricted Radio Licence (done as part of your PPL training)
  • An applicant must have a valid SPL, or show evidence of having held either a valid helicopter pilot’s licence issued by a foreign state, OR, a South African Air Force helicopter pilot qualification, OR, a Recreational Pilot Licence within the previous 60 months (5 Years)

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Commercial Pilot Licence- Aeroplane (CPL-A)

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 09:39 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 29 November 2011 13:38

In order to be issued with a Commercial Pilot Licence in South Africa, the following minimum requirements need to be met:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • An applicant for a CPL must be at least 18 years old
  • The applicant must hold a valid class I medical certificate
  • The applicant must have a valid General Radio Licence
  • The applicant must produce evidence that he/she has/has had within the previous 60 months one of the following: a valid South African PPL; or, a valid pilot licence issued by a contracting state; or, a valid South African Air Force pilot qualification on aircraft; or, a valid Student Pilot Licence in the case of an applicant having done an approved integrated training course

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Commercial Pilot Licence- Helicopter (CPL-H)

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:02 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 29 November 2011 13:45

In order to be issued with a Commercial Pilot Licence in South Africa, the following minimum requirements need to be met:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • An applicant for a CPL-H must be at least 18 years old
  • The applicant must hold a valid class I medical certificate
  • The applicant must have a valid General Radio Licence
  • The applicant must produce evidence that he/she has/has had within the previous 60 months one of the following: a valid South African PPLH; or, a valid pilot licence issued by a contracting state; or, a valid South African Air Force helicopter pilot qualification on aircraft; or, a valid Student Pilot Licence in the case of an applicant having done an approved integrated training course

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Night Rating

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:37 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 29 November 2011 13:56

A night rating is a valuable aid to a pilot, enabling him/her to fly at night. In order to be issued with a night rating in South Africa, the following requirements need to be met:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • An applicant for a night rating must be the holder of a valid pilot’s licence
  • An applicant for a night rating must have undergone the following training at a CAA approved flight training institution:
  • 5 theoretical knowledge instruction

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Instrument Rating

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:49 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 29 November 2011 14:02

An instrument rating is an exceptionally useful aid to any pilot and a prerequesite if you want to make a career out of being a pilot. In order to be issued with an instrument rating in South Africa, the following requirements must be met:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • An applicant for an instrument rating must hold a valid pilot’s licence
  • The applicant must hold a valid night rating, unless the night rating is a requirement for a particular licence (ie; a night rating is needed in order to get a CPL)
  • The applicant must hold a valid class II medical certificate

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Grade III Flight Instructor

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 October 2012 10:58 Written by Administrator Tuesday, 29 November 2011 14:10

Becoming a flight instructor is a common starting point in a pilot's career. In order to be issued with a Grade III Flight Instructor Rating in South Africa, the following minimum requirements need to be met:

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • An applicant for a Grade III flight instructor’s rating must have either a valid Commercial Pilot Licence or Airline Transport Pilot Licence
  • The applicant must have successfully completed 20 hours of instructional patter training with either a Grade I or Grade II flight instructor, of which 15 hours must be in the aircraft and 5 hours may be accumulated in an approved flight simulation training device

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