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Pilot Training

Pilot Training at Cape Town Flying Club starts off at the Private Pilot level, but can also take pilots all the way through to their Commercial License, Instrument Rating and ATPL. Our Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) maintains our high flying standards.

In addition to formalised training with highly qualified instructors, the social nature of the club allows for flying events where pilots can hone their skills in a friendly, yet competitive environment. Our pilots are also encouraged to participate in regular safety briefings where topics range from in-flight emergencies to navigation and commentary on radio and airspaces by local air traffic controllers.

Formal training can be categorised according to the qualification the student is preparing to obtain. The first six choices below indicate formal training options.

PA38 -- Piper Tomahawk

SPL (Student Pilot's License)

The very first step is to obtain a Student Pilot's License. This enables the student to fly alone, with the approval of an instructor, and is necessary before the instructor may send the pupil on his first solo flight. A prerequisite for the Student License and one of CTFCs entry requirements is the aviation medical. The Student Pilot's License requires the student to pass a theoretical test.


PPL (Private Pilot's License)

The minimum time required by law to obtain your PPL is 45 flying hours. before you can write the exam. The student will be required to pass exams on 8 subjects during the course of his training. These are Principles of Flight, Airlaw, Engines and Airframes, Human Performance, Radio Theory, Flight Planning and Navigation. At the end of his or her training, the student will be required to complete a final PPL test, which will include an oral exam and flight test encompassing both flying and navigation skills. Once all the above requirements have been satisfactorily completed, the student will be awarded a PPL license. This will allow him to fly the aircraft they are rated on by day and in VMC (good weather) conditions. He or she may not fly for reward, although they may carry friends as passengers if they wish. The license is valid only on aircraft registered in South Africa (ZS or ZU registered aircraft). The pilot may only fly types of aircraft on which he or she is rated on. and has flown before. This last part means that if a pilot has trained on a Piper Tomahawk, he or she will need differences training before he may fly, for example, a Cessna 152. At CTFC, we are happy to perform differences training for PPL holders to a wide variety of aircraft. or to any other aircraft on which one of our instructors are rated. The time taken to complete the differences training depends on the degree of difficulty involved. It comprises a theoretical examination confirming that the student is familiar with the technical aspects of the new aircraft, and then between one and ten hours of flying with an instructor in order to first obtain, and then demonstrate competence.


Night Rating

A Night Rating is an excellent first stepping stone for a PPL holder intent on improving his qualifications. It enables the pilot to fly at night in good weather conditions, and serves as an introduction to the basics of Instrument flight.


Instrument Rating

With an Instrument Rating, a pilot may fly in adverse weather conditions of certain types. Limitations still apply, often but not always dependant on the limitations of the aircraft. An instrument rating is a good idea not only from the point of view of continuing one's aviation education, but from the very sound reasoning that the unexpected does happen, and preparedness is the best defence. Even if a pilot has no intention of flying long distances or desire to fly in overcast conditions, an Instrument Rating will improve his flying accuracy and open up a wider range of navigation options.


CPL (Commercial Pilot's License)

The Commercial Pilot's License may be regarded as the first step in turning a hobby into a potential career. A Commercial Pilot's License entitles the holder to fly for reward. He or she may, for example, fly for a licensed charter operator. It is by no means a guarantee of an immediate launch into a lucrative career, though. Many things are important to different types of aviation employers, and some will require far higher flying hours than the 200 held by a newly qualified CPL.


Instructors Rating

An Instructors Rating must be obtained by any pilot with a CPL who wishes to give flying instruction. Several of the instructors at CTFC were trained at the club, and have remained with or returned to the club to share their knowledge with a new generation of aviators. Instruction is hard work, but it can be extremely rewarding. It requires not only a good ability to communicate and a high degree of patience, but, as many of our instructors will testify, the ability to sit back and let the student get on with it.



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