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Private Pilot Licence- Aeroplane (PPL-A)

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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)
  • The applicant must have successfully completed training at a CAA approved flight training organisation
  • Have passed all the theoretical knowledge examinations required for the PPL syllabus. The subjects are: 1) Aviation Meteorology, 2) Flight Planning and Performance, 3) Navigation, 4) Aircraft technical and general, 5) Principles of Flight, 6) Radio, 7) Human Performance, 8) Air Law
  • Have successfully passed the flight skills test
  • An applicant must have a minimum of 45 hours flight time as pilot of an aeroplane, of which:
  • At least 25 hours must be dual flight instruction (flying with an instructor)
  • At least 15 hours of solo flight time of which at least 5 hours must be accumulated doing cross country flying
  • A qualified South African Air Force pilot may apply for exemption to any or all of the above requirements
  • The theoretical examinations have to all be passed within a period of 12 months, and the last exam needs to be passed not more than 6 months before the skills test of a PPL

PRIVILEGES OF A PRIVATE PILOT LICENCE

  • A PPL pilot may, by day, act as pilot in command or co-pilot of any aircraft on which he/she holds a valid rating
  • The holder of a PPL may act as co-pilot of any aircraft on which a co-pilot is NOT required
  • A PPL pilot may not act as pilot in command of any aircraft that is carrying passengers or freight for reward or hire
  • A PPL pilot may not be remunerated for acting in any pilot capacity on an aircraft
  • A PPL pilot may act as pilot in command of any aircraft in the course of his/her own or employer’s business, PROVIDED that; the flight is only incidental to the business; and that the aircraft does not carry passengers or freight for reward or hire
  • A PPL is valid for a period of 10 years, provided that the applicable fees are paid annually
  • A PPL pilot has to undergo a revalidation check within 12 months of the date of issue of the licence, and thereafter every 24 months

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