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Pilot Training Courses


Ground School


Airborne Aviation offers a ground school that meets the standards of both ICAO and the South African Civil Aviation Authority. With cutting edge presentations that are constantly updated and qualified instructors, you can rest assured knowing that your aircraft theoretical knowledge will be of a high standard – making you a safer pilot.


There are two ground schools that you can join.


For the person who wishes to take to the skies for the first time in order to obtain your PPL or Private Pilot Licence (Aeroplane), we offer:


Air Law for the Private Pilot:  Air Law provides order in the skies. What makes Air Law such a fascinating subject, is that differs from state to state.


  1. Human Performance and Limitations: The level of safety with every flight, rests with you. This subject gives you a better understanding of what makes you, you.
  2. Principles of Flight: This is the how and why an aircraft flies and the factors that affect it.
  3. Aircraft General: How does the engine work, the various components and the structure of the aircraft.
  4. Meteorology: Is the subject that deals with the weather?
  5. Flight Planning: Allows you to accurately plan for a flight.
  6. Navigation: Allows you to fly from point A to B, both accurately and safely.
  7. Restricted Radio Course: Provides you with the general theoretical knowledge behind the operation of a radio.


For the person who wishes to improve his/her ability and advance to a Commercial Licence with an Instrument Rating:


Radio Aids: Is the theory behind the use and operation of various navigational beacons?


  1. Meteorology: Is the study of weather and her phenomena
  2. Air Law and Operations: The law that governs the sky and the various procedures an instrument rated pilot has to follow.
  3. Aircraft General: Is the study of the aircraft airframes, electrical systems and principles of flight
  4. Flight Planning: To be able to prepare adequately for an IFR flight
  5. Instruments: The theory behind the instrumentation in an aircraft and its method of operation
  6. Human Performance and Limitations: Looking at how the human body and mind react and respond in various circumstances.
  7. Navigation: Is slightly more advanced, by incorporating further distances?




Private Pilot Licence (PPL)




Course consists of a minimum 45 hours of ground training and a minimum of 40 hours of flight training on Cessna 152 and 172 Aircraft. An average student takes about 45 to 50 hours of flight training. Out of the required minimum of 40 hours, the student must have completed at least:


  • 25 hours of dual instruction in aeroplanes
  • 15 hours of solo flight
  • 5 hours in a flight simulator




  • The student must 17 years or older
  • High school or equivalent as a minimum education
  • Good command of the English language.
  • Hold at least a restricted certificate of proficiency in radio-telephony.
  • Have to passed the theoretical knowledge examinations.
  • Class II Medical certificate by a South African CAA.



Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL)


Aim of the Course


The aim of the CPL course is to train pilots to the level of proficiency necessary to enable the pilot to fly for compensation or hire. This will include flying people, cargo, or in a variety of other capacities.




  •  High school or equivalent as a minimum education
  •  Good command of the English language
  •  Minimum age 17 year to enroll for the course and 18 years to obtain a licence
  •  Class I Medical certificate by a South Africa CAA physician
  •  A total of 200 hours flight time consisting of:
    • Note more than 20 hours in an Flight Simulator
    • 100 hours as PIC (pilot in command)
    • 20 hours of Cross-Country as PIC (pilot in command)
    • 5 hours of Night Flying as PIC (pilot in command)
    • 5 hours in an advance airplane (Adjustable flaps, retractable undercarriage and variable pitch)
    • 20 Hours of Instrument Instruction (10 hours will be in a flight simulator)



Instrument Rating (IR)


The Instrument Rating gives the ability to control the aircraft without reference to the ground or horizon, using flight and navigation instruments. This is required of the professional pilot who must be able to demonstrate proficiency in instrument flying regardless of the type of aircraft they fly. Instrument training is among the most challenging and satisfying parts of the program.


The Instrument Rating is generally done in conjunction with the CPL. Therefore, the higher requirements listed apply:


  • Hold a valid Night Rating;
  • 50 Hours of Cross-Country as PIC;
  • 40 Hours Instrument Instruction of which 20 may be on an approved FSTD (Simulator);
  • In the case of Multi-Engine Rating, at least 5 hours of instrument instruction will be in a Multi-Engine.



Air Transport Pilot License (ATPL)


Aim of the Course


The aim of the Frozen ATPL (A) integrated course is to train pilots to the level of proficiency necessary to enable them to operate as co-pilot on multi-pilot, multi-engine aeroplanes in commercial air transportation. It is an ab-initio course (no previous flying experience is required). The ATP License is “frozen” until the pilot reaches 1,500 hours of flying experience, of which 500 must be in multi-crew transport aircraft.


Syllabus of the Course


Theoretical Knowledge: 900 hours

Flying Training: 200 hours (Minimum)

Duration of the Course: 70 weeks (Minimum)


Structure of the Course


The frozen ATPL course is a full time training program, with the theory consisting of Computer Based Training and classroom training. The aim of the ground school is to equip prospective pilots with aviation theory in order to retain and apply this knowledge in flying. The theoretical knowledge syllabus of the frozen ATPL (A) Integrated course covers the following subjects:


  • Instrument
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Meteorology
  • Principle of Flights
  • General Navigation
  • Radio Navigation
  • Human Performance
  • Air Law
  • Operational Procedures
  • Flight Performance
  • Mass & Balance
  • Aeroplane Performance
  • VFR Communication
  • IFR Communication


Entry Requirements


  • SACAA Class 1 Medical Certificate
  • Minimum 17 years of age (18 years at the time of license issue)
  • High School Grade 12 or equivalent and demonstrate a good understanding of Mathematics and Physics
  • Proficiency in English is expected – ICAO Level 3 before commencing the course and ICAO Level 4 at license issue