Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

No previous experience or academic qualifications are required to begin a Private Pilot Licence course.

The minimum legal requirement for the South African Private Pilot Licence is 50 hours of training.

In order to obtain a PPL, you need to meet the following requirements:
An applicant must:

  1. be 17 years or older.
  2. obtain a valid aviation medical certificate.
  3. have a valid certificate of competence in radiotelephony (Restricted Radio Licence)
  4. have a valid SPL, or have had one of the following in the last 60 months:
    • a helicopter pilot licence issued by a Contracting State.
    • a valid South African Air Force helicopter pilot qualification.
    • a Recreational Pilot Licence.
  5. undergo flight training according to the air navigation regulations and technical standards.
  6. pass the required theoretical exams.
  7. undergo a skills test.

Also, an applicant for a PPL must have the mandatory 50 hours flight time, which must consist of the following:

  1. At least 25 hours of dual instruction in helicopters.
  2. At least 15 hours of solo flights, of which 5 hours are cross-country flying.

Contact AV8 Helicopters to enrol in our training programmes.