Flight Training Offered

All training modules offered, are incorporated into an integrated master plan; completed following ICAO principles are flight training elements. Our training is highly structured, integrating ground and flight instruction. These courses are designed to make you a safe and proficient pilot.

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Private Pilot License for Fixed Wing & Helicopter

The first step in aviation training is to obtain your Private Pilot License (PPL), which is the foundation for all your future flying. This License will allow flying under visual flight conditions with your friends and family as passengers.

Course Duration

A full-time student should complete the course in 3 to 6 months.

The Pre-Requisites

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age to go solo and 17 years of age to obtain a Private Pilot License.
  • Students who are declared medically fit by an approved aviation medical examiner. We can assist you in making the relevant appointments
  • Students must meet English Language Proficiency standards.
  • A Student Pilot License (SPL), Medical Certificate, and Excess Insurance must be in place before the first flight.

Practical Training

The minimum hours to obtain your Private Pilot License (PPL) on a fixed-wing aircraft are 45 hours, and 50 hours on a helicopter which consists of:

  • 30 Hours of dual flight training with an instructor on a fixed-wing aircraft, or 35 hours of dual flight training with an instructor on a helicopter.
  • 15 Hours of solo flight training, including a minimum of 5 hours solo cross-country navigation.
  • A practical flight, and navigational skill test.

Notes

Navigation training could be extended to one more navigation flight, to compensate for controlled airspace communication.

Theoretical Training

The following subjects need to be passed with a pass mark of at least 75%:

  • Principles of Flight
  • Air Law
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Flight Planning and Performance
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Aircraft Technical and General
  • Restricted Radio Telephony Certificate

Each flying session includes a theoretical and or briefing component before and after each flight. The student is required to prepare beforehand.

Night Rating (NR)

After the completion of your Private Pilot License, the next step is to obtain your Night Rating. A Night Rating allows a pilot to fly in suitable visual weather conditions.

Requirements

  • A valid Private Pilot License.
  • Pass a SACAA online exam.
  • 5 hours of Ground School.
  • 5 hours of Simulator IF training.
  • 5 hours of night flight training including a night cross country flight and at least 5 takeoffs and landings by night.
  • A practical flight - and navigational skill test.

Instrument Rating (IR)

With an Instrument Rating, a pilot will have the ability to control the aircraft's attitude and performance, by sole reference to instruments and radio aids.

You may obtain your Instrument Rating as PPL or CPL holder. The theoretical subjects for a PPL Instrument Rating and a CPL Instrument rating are identical, except that a CPL Aircraft Technical must be written.

The course is designed to make you a safe and proficient Instrument Pilot.

Requirements

  • A valid Private Pilot License or Commercial Pilot License.
  • A valid Night Rating.
  • A total of 200 hours of flight time (CPL).
  • A total of 250 hours of total flight time with 100 hours pilot in command (PPL).
  • A Class 1 Medical Certificate.

Practical Training

  • 50 Hours cross country as a pilot in command.
  • 20 Hours instrument flying in an aircraft.
  • 20 Hours instrument flying in a simulator.
  • Pass a practical skills flight test with a Designated Flight Examiner.

The following subjects need to be passed with a pass mark of at least 75%:

  • Principles of Flight
  • Air Law
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Flight Planning and Performance
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Aircraft Technical and General (CPL only)
  • General Radio Telephony Certificate

Commercial Pilot License (CPL)

The holder of a commercial pilot license can legally act as a pilot of an aircraft and can receive compensation for piloting services rendered.

The Commercial Pilot License course can be integrated to include an Instrument and Multi-Engine Rating.

Commercial Pilot License – Fixed Wing

A total of 200 flight hours is required to obtain the Commercial Pilot License. The course can be integrated to include an Instrument and Multi-Engine Rating. For this purpose, the school has an Arrow 200 single-engine retractable, variable pitch, and a Baron 55E aircraft ideally suitable for advance, IF, and Multi-engine training.

Commercial Pilot License – Helicopter

Westline offers the complete Commercial Pilot course, which consists of 200 flying hours, after which the license holder may do helicopter work in the private sector. The course can be integrated to include an Instrument Rating. The Westline has available an R22 and R44 available for training.

Course Duration

A full time student should complete the course in 18 to 24 months.

Requirements

  • At least 18 years of age before you can obtain your Commercial Pilot License.
  • Valid Private Pilot License.
  • Valid Night Rating.
  • Total of 200 hours of flight time (CPL).
  • Class 1 Medical Certificate.
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency standards.

Practical Training

  • Minimum 100 hours pilot in command.
  • Minimum 10 hours pilot in command by night.
  • Minimum 50 hours cross country (CPL with IF).
  • Minimum 20 hours cross country (CPL only).
  • Minimum 40 hours instrument flying (20 hours can be on a simulator).
  • Pass a practical skills flight test with a Designated Flight Examiner.

The following subjects need to be passed with a pass mark of at least 75%:

  • Instruments and Electronics
  • Air Law
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Flight Planning and Performance
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Aircraft Technical and General
  • General Radio Telephony Certificate

Multi-Engine Rating

A Multi-Engine rating qualifies you to fly an aircraft with more than one engine. Most employment opportunities require experience on Multi-Engine Aircraft. The Commercial Pilot License preparation can overlap with an Initial Multi-Engine Rating Preparation.

Course Duration

A full-time student should complete the course in 3 to 4 weeks.

Requirements

The minimum requirement is a PPL with at least 150 total flying hours.

Notes

  • The initial Multi-Engine conversion must be done with a suitable rated multi rated Instructor.
  • Ground School lectures totaling at least 4 hours will include theoretical flying techniques and Multi-Engine phraseology.
  • An Aircraft Technical will be completed before flying commences.
  • A Multi-Engine quiz must be completed before the commencement of training.
  • A minimum of 7 hours towards a conversion on the Multi-Engine Aircraft, 2 hours can be done on a simulator.
  • 20 Hours of Instrument Training, of which 5 hours can be done on a simulator, 5 hours on a Single Engine Aircraft, and 10 hours on a Multi-Engine aircraft.

Instructors Rating

Obtaining an Instructor's Rating is money well invested. The most natural place for a Commercial Pilot to build hours towards an ATPL is by becoming a Flight Instructor. An Instructor's rating improves your abilities and skills while enhancing employment opportunities. Mostly this is a requirement if you are interested in joining the Airlines.

Requirements

The only requirement is a valid Commercial Pilot License.

Course Duration

A full-time student should complete the course in 6 months.

Practical Training

  • 20 Hours of patter training of which 5 hours may be on a Simulator.
  • 30 Hours of ground briefings.
  • Pass a practical skills test in lecturing and air exercises with a Designated Flight Examiner.

The following subjects need to be passed with a pass mark of at least 75%:

  • Applied Meteorology & Navigation
  • Principles of Flight & Legislation

It is essential to know that the minimum hours required by the South African Civil Aviation to obtain a license are exactly that, the minimum requirements. It is unusual for a student to achieve the level of competency within these hour constraints. Every individual has different rates of learning and understanding. Aptitude plays a major role in your progression, and therefore, additional training to meet the standards expected in testing might lead to additional hours of training.

Air Transport Pilots License (ATPL)

If you want to go all the way and become an Airline Captain, this is the license that you will have to acquire. It is also the highest qualification you can get as a Pilot. This license consists of a ground school phase, and to qualify for your ATPL you will require 1500 hours of flying experience which includes:

  • 250 Hours as Pilot in command.
  • 75 Hours of instrument flying.
  • 100 Night hours pilot in command.

You must hold a valid medical certificate, and subjects can be completed as soon as you have received your CPL. After passing your last ATPL subject, you have 5 years to complete your flight hours.

Westline Aviation offers a complete ATPL ground school study phase lasting nine weeks, during which the six ATPL subjects are lectured. The school has the capability to handle 30 students at a time during this phase. For helicopter training, CPL/ATPL lectures are available to cover helicopter Aircraft Technical & General.

The 6 subjects are as follows:

  • Navigation General
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft Technical & General
  • Flight Planning
  • Instruments
  • Radio Aids

Our very own Designated Flight Examiner is qualified to conduct your ATPL flight test upon you reaching all the requirements.

Our motto is safety and competency!