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Requirements, Cost Of Training As Commercial And Private Pilot In South Africa

Pilots who train in South Africa are in great demand. As a matter of fact, Kenya Airways (KQ) has a preference for trainees from 43 Air School in Port Elizabeth, among other top South African flying schools. To up its number, KQ entered in an agreement with Cooperative Bank of Kenya in 2010 to loan trainee pilots with student loan worth kes5.4 million each payable upon programme’s completion and a guaranteed permanent job upon return. The program is now dead thanks to KQ’s year after year losses but it goes a long way to show how training in SA is every wannabe pilot dream. South Africa trained pilots are in high demands and work in leading airlines across the world.

The minimum requirements to qualify for the South African private pilot licence (PPL) include:

Must be at least 17 years of age

Hold a class 1 or 2 medical certificate

Hold a restricted or general radiotelephony certificate

Hold a valid Student Pilot License

Hold an ICAO language proficiency certificate (min. level 4)

45 hours total flight time by the end of the course, the 45 hours must include:

≥ 25 dual hours with an instructor

≥ 15 solo hours as PIC

≥ 5 hours cross country PIC

Exams that you must pass:

Air Law



Principles of Flight

Human Performance

Flight planning

Aircraft Technical & General


The cost for the course in uflyacademy.co.za is as follows:

Total cost for the PPL training is $6484.49. Here is the breakdown in Rands

25 Dual hours on PA28-161 @ R1895.00 per hour – Training

15 Solo hours on PA28-161 @ R1595.00 per hour – Training

5 Dual hours on FNPT II @ R945 per hour – Training


= R  47,375.00

= R  23,925.00

= R    4,725.00

= R   76,025.00

15 Hours @ R350 (minimum by law) – Briefing

3 Dual hours on PA28-161 @ R1895 – Flight Test

2 Hours @ R350 – Ground Evaluation / Test

PPL Kit including all PPL notes (without Headsets)

Exams (7 x R180) with Radio exam (R490)



Grand Total for PPL Course

= R     5,250.00

= R     5,685.00

= R        700.00

= R     5,250.00

= R     1,750.00

= R   18,635.00


= R94,660.00

Cost of Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)

This course combines CPL and a Single Engine Instrument Rating OR Multi. With this license, you are able to fly commercially-including inside clouds).

Single-engine IF

What is a Single IF Com License?

This is a combined course, including a CPL and a Single Engine Instrument Rating. It will entitle you to fly commercially, taking control of bigger aircrafts and getting paid to do what you love and is significantly valuable for flying under IFR is the ability to fly in instrument meteorological conditions (such as inside clouds).

What are the requirements?

Must be 18 years or older

Hold a valid class 1 medical certificateHold a valid general certificate of proficiency in radiotelephony

Hold a valid Private Pilot License

Hold a Night Rating

Show proof of English Language Proficiency

A minimum of 200 hours total flight time the, 200 hours must include:

≥ 100 hours PIC flight time

≥ 5 hours PIC by night

≥ 50 hours of cross country flying as PIC

≥ 40 hours dual instrument time (20 hours may be done in an approved FSTD)

≥ 5 hours dual in an aircraft with adjustable flaps, retractable undercarriage and variable pitch propeller or turbojet engine

Exams that you must pass:

Flight Planning & Performance

Instruments & Electronics


Human performance

Air Law & Operational Procedures


Radio aids & Communication

Aviation Meteorology

The fees are based on uflyacademy. The total course of the course is $13963.48. Below is the breakdown:

Hour Building

30 Hours PIC by day on PA28-161 @ R1595.00 per hour

5 Hours PIC by night on PA28-161 @ R1595.00 per hour

50 Cross country PIC hours on PA28-161 @ R1595.00 per hour



= R  47,850.00

= R    7,975.00

= R  79,750.00

= R 135,575.00

Instrument Flight Rating

20 hours on FSTD @ R945 per hour
10 Hours dual (13 hours actual) on PA28-161 @ R1895.00 per hour
5 Dual hours (6.5 hours actual) on PA28R-201 @ R2425.00 p/hr
27 Briefings @ R350.00 p/briefing

2 Dual hours on PA28R-201 @ R2425.00 per hour – test



= R   18,900.00

= R   18,950.00

= R   12,125.00

= R     9,450.00

= R     4,850.00

= R   64,275.00

Advanced single-engine class rating

1.5 Hours dual on Piper Arrow @ R2425.00 per hour

2 Briefings @ R350.00 p/briefing



Grand Total for CPL Course


= R     3,637.50

= R        750.00

= R     3,987.50


= R 203,837.50