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Private Pilots Licence

A PPL allows you to do private flights, and to train further for a Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) in order to work commercially as a pilot. Training can be done on a full-time or part-time basis.



  • Must be fluent in English
  • You must be at least 15 years of age to fly solo
  • You must be at least 17 years of age to obtain a PPL
  • Minimum of 45 hours total flying time, of which:
    • 15 hours must be solo flying
    • 5 hours must be solo cross country flying
    • 5 hours may be Instrument Flying (which can be done on an approved simulator) *Instrument time is no longer required for the PPL

  • Class II Medical Certificate
  • SACAA PPL Theoretical Subjects must be passed (pass mark is 75%)
    • Aircraft Technical & General
    • Human Performance
    • Principles of Flight
    • Meteorology
    • Air Law
    • Flight Planning & Performance
    • Navigation
    • Radio Telephony (Restricted radio licence)
  • Flight test with Grade I or Grade II instructor
  • Mandatory lectures are provided for all students of the Stellenbosch Flying Club