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FIRST STEP IN YOUR ADVANCED TRAINING

NIGHT RATING

The first step in your advanced training toward your CPL.

NIGHT RATING

This course will provide you with the necessary ground and flight training as well as exams to obtain your Night Rating. The Night Rating is an addition to your PPL and is not a seperate license. 

Overview of the course

The next step in your pilot training, and one that improves your ability to fly in reduced visibility, is to obtain a night rating. This allows you to conduct or continue a flight during the hours of darkness and the benefit is obvious in terms of being less restricted when planning and executing your particular flight. At this stage, you will be aware of your dependency on being able to see the outside surroundings, particularly the horizon, while controlling an aircraft in flight. At night, these visual cues are greatly reduced, or even completely absent and therefore you need to interpret and rely on the instruments in the aircraft. Similarly the cues you have been using to assist you when landing are also different, so additional landing practice at night is required.

Requirements for the issue of a Night Rating (A)

  • You must hold a valid PPL

  • Pass the online CAA exam

​The exam is an online multiple choice based exam with time restriction and requires a 75% pass mark

  • Complete a minimum of 10 instrument flying hours (this means time at the controls with reference purely on the aircraft instruments) of which:

    • 5 hours simulator time​

    • 5 hours actual flying time

  • The law requires a minimum of 5 take offs and landings by night, as well as a night cross-country flight of at least 150 NM’s with 2 full stop landings at two separate airfields away from base.

  • A basic instrument flight test will be required, conducted by a Grade 1 or 2 flight instructor. This takes around 1 hour, and may be included in the mandatory 10 hours instrument training.

Expected Course Duration

  • 1-2 weeks for full time students

  • 2-3 weeks for part time students

Please note that these are estimated training ​times and are completely dependent on your performance as a student, weather and aircraft maintenance.

 

ADVANCED STEP IN CPL TRAINING

INSTRUMENT RATING

The next step in getting your commercial license

Instrument Rating 

This course will provide you with the necessary training needed to gain an instrument rating and forms in integrated part of your CPL training and is necessary to gain an IFR CPL.

Overview of the course

This rating allows the student/client in being able to safely fly the aircraft with sole reference to instruments in poor weather conditions. This rating can be completed for both PPL holders and CPL holders in training. The rating is simply a specialized addition to your license and broadens the privileges of the license holder. 

Requirements for the issue of an Instrument Rating (A)

  • Hold a valid Private Pilots’ Licence (PPL) with a night rating.

  • Have a Class 1 medical.

  • Hold a General Radio License

  • Pass the SA-CAA required examinations which now includes a Instrument Rating (IR) exam 

  • Complete a minimum of 40 hours of instrument flight time, 20 of which may be completed on approved simulators. If a multi-engine instrument rating is sought, a minimum of 5 hours instrument flight time must be acquired in a multi-engine aircraft.

  • FTS requires students to have a minimum of 70 hours PIC 

  • Pass a practical flight test, conducted by a Grade One Designated Flight Examiner (DFE).

Please note: each exam is an online multiple choice based exam with time restriction and requires a 75% pass mark

Expected Course Duration

  • 1 month for students on a full time basis (flying at least 4-6 times a week)

  •  2-4 months for students on a part time basis (weekend flying/students with full time jobs)

Please note that these are estimated training ​times and are completely dependent on your performance as a student, weather and aircraft maintenance.

 

FASTER. HIGHER. FURTHER

MULTI-ENGINE CLASS RATING

Getting you ready for a career in aviation

Multi-Engine Class Rating

This course will provide you with the necessary ground and flight training in order to be able to safely operate as pilot in command of a multi-engine aircraft.

Overview of the course

A multi-engine class rating can be completed by both PPL, CPL and PPL holders working toward their CPL. It is a very important and necessary step to gain influence for new CPL holders with in the aviation industry making you more recognizable and employable over the long run. PPL holders not working toward a higher license can enjoy the same privilege if wanting to operate a multi-engine aircraft in a private capacity.

Please note that you will legally only be allowed to operate the aircraft you have trained on as PIC once the rating has been completed. In order to fly any other make or type of multi-engine aircraft then differences/familiarization training must be completed. Please consult your instructor or the flight school to find out more information in this regard.

Requirements for the issue of a multi-engine class rating

  • Holder of a PPL

  • Have a minimum of 70 hours PIC

  • 6 hours of flight training of which:

    • 3 hours are in an approved flight simulator​

    • 3 hours are in an actual aircraft

Expected Course Duration

  • 1-2 weeks for full time students

  • 2-4 weeks for part time students

Please note that these are estimated training ​times and are completely dependent on your performance as a student, weather and aircraft maintenance. If you are doing the multi-engine CPL course than this duration is included in your estimated CPL course duration.

 

IMPARTED KNOWLEDGE TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF PILOTS

INSTRUCTORS RATING

Building skill and knowledge and imparting that to new, budding pilots

Instructors Rating (A)

This course will provide you with the necessary ground and flight training as well as exams to obtain your instructors rating. Please take careful consideration before commencing this course as not flight instruction is not always for everyone and requires a certain aptitude.

Overview of the course

Flight instruction is a great way of gaining valuable knowledge and experience and only enhances the quality of your flying skill. It allows you to gain more patience as a pilot and can make a valuable asset to any company later on in your career.

 

Requirements for the issue of an Instructors Rating

  • 2 theoretical exams, one based on human performance factors the other is based on a combination of navigation and meteorology theory.

  • 20 hours of practice briefing sessions

  • 20 hours of dual instructional "patter" of which 5 hours may be in an approved simulator.

  • Skills test with a designated flight examiner.

 

Each exam is an online multiple choice based exam with time restriction and requires a 75% pass mark

Expected Course Duration

  • 3-4 months for full time students

  • 5-8 months for part time students

Please note that these are estimated training ​times and are completely dependent on your performance as a student, weather and aircraft maintenance.