Our Partner, Progress Flight Academy commissioned the design and construction of two Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainers level II (FNPT II) ‘simulators’ using actual aeroplane forward fuselage sections that replicate precisely the Vulcanair P68R aeroplane. The simulators are built to EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) FNPT II specification from aeroplane components and exactly replicate the aeroplane cockpit. These FNPT II devices qualify for 40 hours instrument flight training credit on an integrated course.

Our partner is the only flight school in South Africa using FNPT IIs that precisely replicate the aeroplane used for instrument training.

The Garmin G1000 equipment facilitates instrument flight training for the new GPS based instrument approach procedures now becoming prevalent throughout the world and now introduced at Port Elizabeth International Airport.

All the procedural and operational instrument training is conducted in multi-engine simulators and aeroplanes. This major development enables us to achieve a superlative standard for graduates entering general aviation, and will enhance the transition to First Officer training for airline candidates. Students have the opportunity to practice instrument approach procedures relevant to their own geographic area.

Flight Instructor team

Our Partner, Progress Flight Academy employs Flight Instructors who have graduated from their Professional Pilot course. All the Flight Instructors therefore hold a Commercial Pilot Licence with Single Pilot Multi Engine Aeroplane Rating and an Instrument Rating (multi-engine). The attributes the Academy seek in a Flight Instructor are a sound theoretical knowledge, a high standard of flying skill, a temperament suited to instruction, and a pleasant personality. The candidate must agree to a three year commitment and complete the CAA Airline Transport Pilot Licence examinations. The Flight Instructor training is done by the most senior instructors.

In 2015, our Partner introduced a ‘Premium’ Integrated Professional Pilot Course which represents a quantum leap in quality and a substantial enhancement in the operational capability of graduates.

The key to this development is the purchase of new Vulcanair P68R multi-engine piston aeroplanes and Vulcanair P68R type specific ‘simulators’. The new aeroplanes and simulators are equipped with Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS) which is very similar to the equipment used in modern airliners.