Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)2021-03-24T08:43:12+04:00


What are the advantages of training at Airborne Aviation Flight School?

We provide a training experience that is the best, with nearly new and well maintained training aircraft, a team of multinational instructors bringing a wealth of experience from the commercial sector, seasoned professionals, state-of-the-art training facilities, and the best flying weather imaginable.

When can I apply?

At any time. Applications are processed daily. At the time of application, candidates will be offered a list of course start-dates from which he/she can select the date that is most suitable. Acceptance, however, depends on applicants’ successful completion of the selection process that includes, but is not limited to a medical fitness.

What are the entry requirements?

At minimum, candidates should be high school graduates who can demonstrate knowledge of Math’s and Physics. All training is conducted in English, and your level of English will be tested along with the above-mentioned subjects. The results of these tests will be used by Airborne Aviation Flight School to determine your suitability for training.

What are the vision, hearing, and general medical health requirements that must be met in order to be a pilot?

You must be medically fit to the standards laid out by the South African Civil Aviation Authority. Medical examinations are conducted by SACAA approved medical examiners; we will give a list of Approved Medical examiners to you.

What aircraft do you use for flight training?

Our training aircraft are universally recognized as the best training aircraft for ab-initio flight training.

For fixed-wing training, we use the Cessna 152, Cessna 172SP, Cessna 177RG, Cherokee 160’s for single engine flying. Advanced multi-engine flying is carried out in our Piper Seneca. Most of the aircraft are equipped with state-of-the-art Garmin 430 and 1000 glass cockpits. Modern flight simulators enhance flying training.

What kind of facilities do you have?

Airborne Aviation Flight School is strategically located approx. 15 minutes from Johannesburg International Airport (OR TAMBO) with our upgraded training facilities located at Brakpan Airfield (FABB); air conditioned classrooms and hangars, a multimedia library.

Once I have obtained my license, how many hours do I need to fly per year to keep it current?

One needs to fly three hours as pilot-in-command per year. Furthermore, to carry passengers, you need to have carried out three take-offs and landings within 90 days before the flight.

Are the South African accepted internationally?

The South African license is recognized by all International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) member States. Under the terms of ICAO Annex 1, member States are obliged to offer PPL privileges to commercial license holders. What this means is that a commercial license holder can hire an aeroplane in another country for pleasure flying, but not for reward.

Converting a South African license to a foreign license is a little bit more complex; in all cases, a medical examination is required together with an Air Law examination and a flying skill test. This is the minimum requirement and it varies from country to country.

Can any doctor do the aeromedical examination?

No, a doctor must be qualified in aviation medicine and approved by the South African Civil Aviation Authority and the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to conduct medical examinations on their behalf.

Are there different medical certificates?


Class II – For Student and Private Pilot’s Licence holders

Class I – For Commercial and Air Transport Pilot Licence holders.