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Training and Introductory Flights: 10 listings
Cape Town, WC
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Boris Benic Microlight Tuition
Witbank, MPU
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Aeronav Academy
Northern Gauteng, GAU
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Outeniqua Flight School
Garden Route, WC
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Heli Air Aviation
Durban, KZN
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International Aviation Training Academy
East Rand, GAU
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Airline Pilot Training Centre
Port Elizabeth, EC
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Airborne African Adventures Flight School
Hoedspruit, MPU
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Virginia Flight School
Durban, KZN
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43 Air School
Port Alfred, EC
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: Add a Night Rating to your PPL
Flight Training - Night Rating:
Add a Night Rating to your PPL
South Africa's vast open airspace, moderate climate, favourable exchange rate and well-equiped flight schools, makes it one of the premier places to learn to fly. Whether you want to fly fixed wing aircraft or helicopters, fly for fun or become a Commercial Pilot, there will be a number of flight schools that you can choose from.

Flight Schools are situated all along the East Coast of South Africa, as well as inland in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Nelspruit. There are also many Microlight Training Schools all over the country, where you can train on a weightshift Trike or a three-axis Microlight/Ultralight.

Getting started is easy - simply contact one of the operators below and arrange for an Introductory Flight. This is the best way to assess whether you have the skills, motivation and enthusiasm to undertake a full Private Pilot's Licence course. You are looking at between R500 and R2000 for an Introductory Flight, dependant on what aircraft/helicopter you are flying and how long the flight is (Usually 30min or 1 Hour).

The Introductory Flight will invariably 'close the deal' and the next stage is to go and do an aviation medical. When you get the all-clear here, you can sign up for your Private Pilot's Licence. This will take about 40 to 50 hours of flying time together with theoretical ground instruction. Once you have passed your Flight Test and Theory Exam, you are licenced to fly. Many pilots are happy to end their training here and will use their licence solely for recreational flying.

You may however want to add a type rating (Fly other types of Aircraft) or add one of the following ratings - Night Rating, Instrument Rating or Instructor Rating. The latter is often used as a tool to build hours if you are looking to embark upon a career in aviation. In this case you will first have to do a Commercial Pilots Licence, for which you need a minimum of 200 hours and a pass mark on a tough theoretical exam.

Once you have your Commercial Pilots Licence, you can get paid to fly. You can now start looking for some starting jobs in aviation. These often include Flight Instruction, Scenic Flights and Charter Flights, Paradrops, Glider Towing and Ferry Flights.

Once you have sufficient hours, you can do your ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot's Licence) and then look at getting a job as a first officer with one of the many Commercial Airlines and could one day Captain an Airbus A380.

The path is much the same if you want to fly Helicopters Commercially. There is a growing shortage of Commercial Helicopter Pilots worldwide, so if you choose this path, you will never be out of a job.
A word on Training and Introductory Flights:
  For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return - Leonardo da Vinci  


For fixed wing aircraft, the most popular training aircraft has been the Cessna 152, a two seater trainer with basic instrumentation, which is relatively easy to fly. Some flight schools also use a Piper Cherokee 140, which has similar characteristics.

Over the last few years however, with the dramatic rise in fuel prices, a number of schools have started using Ultralight/Microlight aircraft to do PPL training. These are lighter in fuel and often have a Rotax engine, which uses normal fuel and not Avgas, which is significantly more expensive.

Large Flight Schools usually also have a number of other aircraft in their fleet, which enables you to complete additional ratings. These include some higher performance single engine planes as well as twin engine planes.

Once you start doing your Instrument rating, you will also start doing some time on a Flight Simulator. These simulators are a little more complex than your normal PC Flight Simulator and have fully functioning Instruments and Controls, and usually have a wide screen/monitor to give you better visibility. The simulator costs are significantly lower than flying the actual aeroplane (particularly once you start flying large jets). They are particularly useful at procedural work and are good at getting an idea of the flight control and instrument panel layout, as well as the functioning of the complex instruments on board today.

Helicopter Training is usually done on a Robinson R22, a basic 2 seater trainer. Once you have completed your initial training, you can start flying some bigger and faster types such as the Bell series. Although, not as common, there are also Helicopter Simulators available. As the hourly rate for flying Helicopters is usually more than Fixed Wing Aircraft, using a simulator can save you a lot of money.
: Learn to Fly for Fun or become a Commercial Pilot
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Learn to Fly for Fun or become a Commercial Pilot
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Learn to fly a Helicopter - add a Game Capture rating

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