Colleges and Universities Offering Commercial Pilot Licence Course in South Africa

  • Course Name: Commercial Pilot Licence Course(Pilot)
  • Major Subject: Pilot
  • Course Category: Certificate Courses

Institutions Offering Commercial Pilot Licence Course

  •  Johannesburg School of Flying, Johannesburg  
    Course requirements


    (i) You must be 18 years of age.

    (ii) Hold a Class I medical certificate.

    (iii) Hold a valid PPL and Night Rating.

    (iv) Pass a General Radio License exam.

    (v) You will need to accumulate a minimum of 200 hrs of flying, of which: 40 hrs must be instrument flight training. 20 hrs may be done on an approved flight simulator (10 hrs already done through PPL and Night Rating courses). A minimum of 100 hrs as pilot in command (PIC) is also required, of which at least 50 hrs must be cross country flight time. The CPL course has an integrated Instrument Rating course which enables a pilot to fly by instrument referral only and can either be done on a Single Engine aircraft with variable pitch and retractable gear or on a Multi-engine aircraft with variable pitch and retractable gear.

    (vi) Successfully pass 8 online CPL examinations at CAA (pass mark 75%).

    (vii) Complete a CPL General Flight Test in an Advanced Type aircraft with a Grade I Designated Flight Examiner. The instrument flight test is usually combined with the CPL flight test in one flight.

    (viii) Once you have accumulated all required flying hours in your logbook, completed your instrument rating and passed all examinations and tests, all your training documentation will be checked and sent to the CAA. A fee must be paid for issuing your CPL License and finally have your PPL upgraded to a CPL.
  •  Starlite Aviation Group, Durban   
    Subjects taught

    (i) Human Performance and Limitations

    (ii) Aircraft Technical and General – Helicopter

    (ii) General Radio Telephony Certificate

    (iii) Instruments and Electronics

    (iv) Air Law – Helicopter

    (v) Meteorology

    (vi) Navigation

    (vii) Flight Planning and Performance – Helicopter

    (viii) Radio and Navigation Aid


    Program requirements

    (i) Be 18 years of age before you can obtain your Commercial Pilot Licence

    (ii) Hold a valid Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

    (iii) have a night rating (only if you are obtaining an Aeroplane CPL)

    (iv) complete a total of 200 hours of flight time

    (v) Hold a Class 1 Medical Certificate

    (vi) Meet the English Language Proficiency standards



    Practical training requirements

    (i) Minimum 100 hours as pilot in command

    (ii) Minimum 10 hours as pilot in command (night flying) – aeroplane

    (iii) Minimum 20 hours cross country (only if you are completing a CPL without an Instrument Rating)

    (iv) Pass a practical skills flight test with a Designated Flight Examiner


    Course duration: Approximately 18 – 24 months
  •  Eagle Flight Academy, Hartswater  
    Admission criteria:

    (i) A student should be 18 years or older

    (ii) A valid private pilot license

    (iii) A valid class one medical

    (iv) A valid general radio certificate

    (v) A valid night rating


    Students must also have passed in the following:

    (a) Aircraft technical and general

    (b) Air Law and Flight operations

    (c) Aviation Meteorology

    (d) Instruments and Electronics

    (e) Navigation

    (f) Human Performance

    (g) Radio Aids and Communication

    (h) Flight Planning and Performance

    (i) 200 Hrs of flight time which may include 20 hrs of flight instruction time in a approved flight simulator training device



    Total of 200 hrs must include:

    (i) 100 hrs as pilot in command

    (ii) 20 hrs of cross country as pilot in command

    (iii) 5 hrs of night flying as pilot in command

    (iv) 20 hrs of instrument instruction time ( max of 10 hrs on approved flight simulator)

    (v) At least 5 hrs instruction in an aeroplane with adjustable flaps, retractable undercarriage and variable pith propeller or turbojet engine

    (vi) Passed a skill test
  •  Central Flying Academy, Johannesburg  
    Course name: Commercial Pilot's Licence and Instrument Rating


    Entry requirements

    (i) A valid PPL and Night Rating

    (ii) A valid Class I Flight Medical Certificate

    (iii) A minimum age of 18 years or older

    (iv) A minimum of 200 Flying

    (v) Minimum of 85 hours flying as Pilot-in-Command (The total combined PIC hours, including PPL and CPL, must be 100 hours).

    (vi) Minimum of 40 hours Instrument Training (of which no more than 20 hrs may be accumulated on a simulator).

    (vii) Minimum of 5 night flying hours as PIC.

    (viii) Attended the Commercial Ground School.

    (ix) Commercial test preparation.


    In addition, applicants must have passed the following 8 SACAA written examinations:

    (a) Human Performance

    (b) Air Law

    (c) Aircraft Technical and General

    (d) Meteorology

    (e) Radio Aids

    (f) Instruments

    (g) Flight Planning

    (h) Navigation



    Program duration: 36 months
  •  Madiba Bay School of Flight, Port Elizabeth  
    Requirements for a CPL

    -Be 18 years or older
    -Hold a valid medical certificate, issued in terms of Part 67;
    -Hold at least a valid general certificate of proficiency in radio-telephony (aeronautical)
    -Produce evidence of holding or having held, within the previous 60 months, one of the following—
    -South African PPL(A);
    -Pilot licence (aeroplane) issued by a Contracting State;
    -SPL where the applicant has completed an integrated training course approved by the Authority;
    -Have successfully completed the training as prescribed in Document 61 at an approved Part 141 ATO;
    -Have passed the theoretical knowledge examination as prescribed in Document SA-CATS 61;
    -Have passed the skills test
    -Hold a valid night rating (aeroplane).
  •  Paramount Aviation Academy, Bethlehem   
    Course requirements

    (i) At least 18 years of age before you can obtain your Commercial Pilot Licence

    (ii) Valid Private Pilot Licence

    (iii) Valid Night Rating

    (iv) Total of 200 hours of flight time (CPL)

    (v) Class 1 Medical Certificate

    (vi) Meet the English Language Proficiency standards



    In addition, students must have passed in the following subjects with a pass mark of at least 75%:

    (i) Navigation

    (ii) Flight Planning and Performance

    (iii) Human Performance and Limitations

    (iv) Aircraft Technical and General

    (v) General Radio Telephony Certificate

    (vi) Instruments and Electronics

    (vii) Air Law

    (vii) Meteorology
  •  Blue Chip Flight School, Pretoria  
    Course entry requirements
    -Minimum age to acquire your CPL is 18
    -A Valid Private Pilot Licence with Night Rating
    -Pass all Theoretical Examinations
    Complete a Minimum of 200 hours flight time, including:
    -Minimum 100 hours pilot in command
    -Minimum 10 hours pilot in command by night
    -Minimum 50 hours cross country (if Commercial with Instrument Rating)
    -Minimum 20 hours cross country (if Commercial without Instrument rating)
    -Minimum 20 hours instrument flight time (10 hours may be in a simulator)
  •  Eagle Air Flight School, Pretoria  
    To qualify, applicants must meet the following:


    (i) Must be at least 17 years old.

    (ii) Must be eligible to live in South Africa.

    (iii) International students must have a study VISA.

    (iv) Must be proficient in English.

    (v) Must have a valid ID or Passport.

    (vi) Must pass an Aviation Medical Exam

    (vii) Eagle Air has no academic requirements.

    (viii) Mathematics, Physical Science and Geography will be a great benefit – but this is not compulsory.
  •  Aeronav Academy, Johannesburg  
    Course requirements

    (i) valid South African Private Pilot Licence with a night rating.

    (ii) 18 years of age.

    (iii) A valid General Radio Licence.

    (iv) A valid Class 1 Aviation medical certificate.

    (v) Applicants must have completed all SACAA commercial licence theoretical examinations.

    The practical flight test must be undertaken with a SACAA approved designated flight examiner within 36 months of having passed the theory exams.
  •  The Algoa Flying Club, Port Elizabeth  
    Admission criteria
    -Be 18 years or older
    -Hold a valid Class 1 medical certificate
    -Hold at least a valid general certificate of proficiency in Radiotelephony (aeronautical)
    -Hold a valid Night Rating.
    -Complete the Instrument Rating for Commercial Pilot Licence Instrument Flight Rules (CPL IFR)
  •  Airborne Aviation Flight School, Johannesburg  
    Course entry requirements
    -High school or equivalent as a minimum education
    -Good command of the English language
    -Minimum age 17 year to enroll for the course and 18 years to obtain a licence
  •  Flight Training College (FTC), George  
  •  Helicopter Pilot Training Centre, Port Elizabeth  
  •  Africa Aviation Academy, Germiston  




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