The aim of the Private Pilot training course is to teach the student pilot to fly safely and efficiently by day in weather conditions appropriate to Visual Flight Rules (VFR). The basic licence can be extended by the qualification for a Night Rating and Instrument Rating.
The applicant for a PPL must be at least 17 years of age and in possession of a valid Flight Crew medical certificate. The Privileges of a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) are to act, but not for remuneration, as pilot in command of an aircraft and carry passengers for private or business purposes. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) establishes minimum requirements for aircrew licensing, and the South Africa PPL is an ICAO licence.
The South African Civil Aviation Regulations 1997 (CARS) part 61, as amended, require a minimum of 45 hours flying training for the issue of a PPL, of which at least 15 must be solo. The Private Pilot training course includes 53 hours of flying lessons in a Piper Warrior.
The PPL course has four distinct phases;
pre-solo manoeuvres to first solo flight,
solo consolidation and advanced manoeuvres,
navigation flights, and
revision and flight tests.
When you learn to fly through AMI flying Academy your flying lessons will be given by the same Flight Instructor for the entire course (except for progress checks and the flight tests).
There is normally one Flight Instructor to two students on each PPL (Private Pilot License) course, ensuring that your time is used productively.
The highlight of the course is the ‘first solo’ flight, which produces a unique feeling of satisfaction. The first solo is celebrated with a traditional dip in the pool.
The average student can expect to learn to fly and complete the PPL course within the planned flying training hours. Extra hours are charged at the prevailing rate, and it's best to budget for a few extra hours.