How to Become a Professional Pilot

How to Become a Professional Pilot and it’s intended for people seeking to start their piloting dreams. Countless people walk into our flight school asking “I saw the Learn to fly sign, what you do here?

Have you ever looked up at the sky and seen a small single engine propeller airplane flying? Have you ever wondered who is flying that plane and why? Well – chances are its probably an privately owned or rented airplane that is being flown by someone who has a Pilot License who is flying just because they feel like flying.

It’s easy to become a pilot, especially in the Republic of South Africa. Now, some people might already know how to become a pilot, or think its common sense as far as what is needed to get a pilot license, or how to get a flying job. There are a lot of aviation enthusiasts who don’t even know what is The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) or that an open to the public flight school exists in their back yard.

For the aviation enthusiasts who didn't know

The reality is that, becoming a pilot and getting the pilot license is just like getting a drivers license. If you think that the people flying the big jet airliners have to go to the military first or have to go through some big government program in order to become a pilot, THAT IS NOT TRUE. Actually, South Africa has the best infrastructure and legal system setup to promote General and Commercial Aviation, that is why a lots of student pilots come from other countries to get their pilot license in South Africa.

The Pilot Training takes a little more work and dedication to achieve a pilot license than to get a drivers license, but it can be done.

So here is what you need to do.

First, you need to find a flight school. There are lots of schools out there, not just big universities that provide flight training, and don’t think that a small school can’t provide good training as opposed to the big university. You see flight training is a personal one on one training with your instructor, so the quality of your training is directly linked to the quality of your instructor. These schools have everything you need to get started, things like the airplane, the teacher (Flight instructor), the books and all the other equipment

Here is how it works:

The CAA is the government organization that deals with pilot licensing, and they have issued laws that states to meet certain requirements before you can request to take the pilot test and become a licensed pilot.

To enroll with a flight school in South Africa, the requirements are- a minimum age of 15 years, good knowledge in English and medically fit according to the aviation medical standards

The first license you will have to earn is a Private Pilot License, whether you want to become a commercial pilot or not you still have to earn a Private License first.