Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Started

You need a Student Pilot Licence to commence flying and it can only be issued once you turned 15. The minimum age requirement to obtain your PPL is 17 year old and 18 years for a Commercial Pilot Licence.

There is no age restriction; however you must pass a Class II aviation medical examination for a Private Pilot and a Class I examination for a Commercial Pilot.

You need to pass a medical examination, performed by a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner. You must be a South African citizen or a holder of an appropriate visa.

Westline Aviation recommends the services of an approved Medical Examiner in the vicinity; students can make their own bookings as per their convenience. The information can be supplied on request.

Yes, English proficiency is a requirement by law, you need to pass an English Proficiency test and the minimum requirement is a level 4.

There are no official educational requirements, but we recommend Mathematics, Physical Science and English as subjects on matric level, otherwise you may battle with the Commercial phase without having had the proper grounding.

Complete the application forms attached fax or e-mail the list of documents. An initial upfront fee of R15 000.00 needs to be paid into our bank account.

You need to apply for a study visa through the South African Embassy in your country. A non-refundable fee of $715.00 into our bank account will activate the process of selection. We will issue you with an acceptance letter for 24 months. The fee paid will include the compulsory medical cover required by the embassy. We make use of Discovery Health which gives the best comprehensive cover and they are a reputable company.

In some countries the application for a study visa, can only be processed if an additional $4000.00 be paid as proof of student enrolment. The payment will secure your booking on the course. In case of an unsuccessful study visa application only $2000.00 will be refunded within 30 days.

Half of the remainder of the course fee need to be paid 6 weeks after commencing training and the balance in 18 weeks after start date.

Unfortunately we do not have any sponsorship available at this stage. If you are a South African citizen you can apply at ABSA, First National Bank and Standard Bank for a student loan.

If you are a foreigner you would need to source for financial assistance in your own country.

Accommodation and transport can be supplied. Space is limited and we need to know in advance to be able to prepare a room for you. The rooms are shared, unless single quarters are required.

You can start at any time throughout the year; there are only set dates for the Ground Schools.


You will need to convert your licence in accordance with the aviation laws of the country, you intend to fly in.

Yes, the PPL exams are written "on line" using our using our accredited computer based Examination Management System which is linked with the South African Civil Aviation Authority.

The following exams are to be written with a pass-mark of at least 75%:

  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Air Law
  • Principles of Flight
  • Aircraft Technical & General
  • Human Performance
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Restricted Radio Licence

There are two phases to ground school. The first is coupled to flight training and will be done during normal daily slot times. This part of ground training is particular to the exercises being done in the air.

The more formal part of ground training is conducted in a class room where all students requiring this part of the ground training will congregate. The program caters for at least 5 weeks of ground school.

A minimum of 45 hours are required by law, which consist of 30 hour dual instruction and 15 hours solo flight. This is the legal minimum, additional hours may be needed to meet the standards expected, therefore depending on the student's aptitude and progress.

You need to complete 10 hours of dual flight instruction, of which 5 can be done on a simulator. An additional 4 hours of night navigation must be flown. The Night Rating test will be 1 hour.

A total of 200 hours is needed, of which 100 hours must be as pilot in command, 10 of those hours being pilot in command by night, 40 hours of instrument training, of which 20 hours can be on a simulator.

It takes between 18 and 24 months to complete the entire course, depending on your ability to pass the theoretical exams and to meet the required standards to successfully test.

This is a personal choice, however it will certainly enhance you marketability as a professional pilot if you obtained a Multi-Engine rating.

To increase later employment opportunities, many Commercial Pilot's elect to obtain their Instructor's rating. The professional challenges of being an instructor will undoubtedly make a candidate more employable and offers more career opportunities in the future.

Aviation is our business and passion and what we do best! We acknowledge that when you join us, you will be entrusting your life to some extent in our hands. We thus pledge to give you the best training, not only physical flying knowledge and skills, but also a healthy attitude towards flight safety. At Westline Aviation we are dedicated to "Turn your flight dreams into a flight reality".