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Fixed-wing pilot training in South Africa

Airborne Pilot Training offers you a range of fixed-wing pilot training opportunities in South Africa. These include the following, but feel to ask if you have other needs:

  • Licences: Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), validations, hour-building and various ratings and conversions.
  • Venues: Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town
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Durban - Highly recommended - offers an exceptional pilot training combination - a friendly and highly trained instruction team, great accommodation only 5 minutes walk from the airport, lots to do and a 'never winter' climate. Check out the Durban photo gallery.

Pretoria - Recommended - especially for those with an interest in wildlife. The pilot training school has a lot to do with game conservation. Weather is hot in summer and sunny and sometimes cool in winter.

Johannesburg - quality instruction at relatively high altitude. Good for students with a need for high-altitude take-off experience. Rugby balls travel further and higher in thinner air. Not so planes.

Cape Town - quality pilot training but at present no accommodation near the flying school. Cold, wet winters and tends to be overcrowded during beautiful summers.

Approximate costs

The cost of pilot training in South Africa fluctuates to some extent. This is caused by changes in oil prices and international exchange rates. Pricing is in the local currency (ZAR Rands).

Estimated costs!
(subject to change without prior notice)

Fixed-wing PPL : R80 000
Helicopter HPPL : R160 000
Microlight MPPL : R35 000 -
R37 000 depending on venue


Enquiries and bookings - click here

Comments on learning to fly in South Africa

'The country offers fantastic opportunities for the student pilot'
- Ian Seager, Publisher,
The Flyer Magazine (UK)

'Been  back  for  a week  and  I'm missing flying and South Africa at  the moment'
- Neil Hughes
(UK) graduate HPPL Game Conservation

'I'd be happy to talk to people. I had a  good  experience there, and can understand how they might need some reassurance'
- Chris Buells
(USA) graduate HPPL in Durban

'I'm coming to South Africa again this summer to do instrument rating and hour building. Thank u again so much for all u did'
- Mohammed Zafer
(Egypt) graduate PPL in Durban

'I'm still trying to talk my dad into coming with me in the summer if i come back. I would enjoy it a lot to see everyone again plus i can do a lot more flying'
- Chris Marsh
(UK) graduate PPL in Durban

'I've been contacted by a person called Bill .... absolutely delighted to tell him how successful my experience of Durban was .... extremely positive .... I said my 8 weeks were completely faultless. I will be back!'
- Euan Kidd
(Scotland) graduate PPL in Durban