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    Private Pilot License (PPL)


    Are you interested in learning to fly? Eagle Flight Academy is a top SACAA flight academy in South Africa. We offer pilot training courses for both single and multi-engine aeroplanes and much more.

    Private Pilot License – PPL (A) is a license that permits the holder to act as the pilot-in-command of an aircraft privately (not for remuneration). The requirements to obtain the license are determined by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO), but the actual implementation varies widely from country to country. According to the ICAO, it is obtained by successfully completing a course with at least 40hrs (45hrs in South Africa) of flight time, passing eight written exams, completing an extensive solo cross country flight (minimum cumulative solo flight time is 15hrs), and successfully demonstrating flying skills to an examiner during a flight test or check ride (including an oral exam). The minimum age for a private pilot license is 17 years old.


    • A student should be at least 15 years of age for a student pilot license and to fly solo.
    • A student should be at least 17 years of age to be issued with a private pilot license.
    • Hold a class 2 or higher medical license (arranged through us)
    • Gain a valid student pilot license (arranged through us)
    • Complete not less than 45hrs flight time as pilot of an aeroplane
    • Gain a restricted radio certificate (arranged through us)

    Exams Passed

    • Principals of Flight
    • Air Law
    • Aviation Meteorology
    • Engines, Airframes & Instruments
    • General Navigation
    • Human Performance
    • Flight Planning and Performance
    • Restricted Radio

    Multiple choice, approx. 30 questions each, pass mark 75% (exams wrote at our flight academy)

    Total of 45hrs flying time must include

    • Minimum of 25hrs dual flying ( includes a minimum of 5hrs instrument instruction time)
    • Minimum of 15hrs solo flying of which at least 5 hours are cross-country flight time; which must include at least one triangular cross-country of at least 150 nautical miles, on which at least one point must not be less than 50 nautical miles from base and must include full-stop landings at two different aerodromes away from base;
    • Maximum of 5hrs dual instruction may be completed in an approved FSTD
    • Complete flying exercises 1 to 19