World Class Aviation Training: How to become a pilot (South Africa)

Opting for a career as a pilot is a significant decision, as it is a highly specialised field that calls for careful introspection on the part of aspiring candidates. You may very well be wondering about the fundamentals of how to become a pilot in South Africa; but it is important to properly factor in all the key considerations. Aside from job satisfaction, it is a profession that demands tremendous technical competency as well as extensive knowledge of air and aviation safety best practices. In the same breath many have found their true calling in the air, where they have transcended limitations and experienced unprecedented personal fulfilment.

As critical as the decision to become a pilot, is that of choosing the right training establishment. We live in a day and age where the fast-paced lifestyle of modern living has introduced and exacerbated some unwanted consumer and service-related trends. It would seem that an affinity for instant gratification, coupled with service providers that are willing to undermine industry standards, has somewhat besmirched the good name of aviation facilitators and accreditation / licensing providers.

Westline Aviation – Your First Choice in Accredited Flight Training
Westline Aviation prides itself on consistently maintaining an undisputed reputation as a world-class training facility for the past thirteen years. If you are seeking niche` specific and fully compliant training from a credible establishment, then there are a number of noteworthy reasons why your search stops here.

Next are five core reasons, benefits and factors that distinguish our calibre of staff, facilities and training offered - from other service providers. In essence, here are five reasons why with us on your side, you need not deliberate further about sourcing reputable training when considering how to become a pilot in South Africa:

  • Location: Our establishment is ideally based at New Tempe Airport in Bloemfontein (S29 01 57.70, E26 09 28.80). While being easily accessible to aspiring pilots from all over the country, as well as registered international students, the strategic location provides the perfect training environment for other reasons too. The airfield is not too bustling, unlike some of the major airports around the country, and the respective airspace is reasonably uncluttered.
  • Weather: This is often an overlooked factor, until it is too late. Enrolees need to be aware that registering for an aviation program in an area stricken by less favourable weather will protract the course, making it more time consuming and expensive than necessary. We are fortunate to be blessed with good weather virtually all year round.
  • Cost Transparency: We maintain an open policy as we believe that’s how healthy and mutually beneficial relationships are established. This couldn’t be more relevant when it comes to pricing in today’s increasingly costly era. Like many of our students, we strongly advocate against hidden costs and unwanted surprises regarding quotations and billing. Whether it’s fuel, landing fees, instructor fees, administration or registration costs, you can rest assured in our ethical and transparent business practices. Our philosophy on pricing and quality has held us in good stead with an ever increasing number of satisfied students over the years. This approach is simple and principle-centred: If a product or service is priced excessively high, you are normally paying for a so-called brand name. If it is too cheap you are dealing with compromised service standards and likely poorly maintained facilities and aircraft. We prefer to strike a perfect balance and our core focus is quality of training, skills-impartation and optimum value for money.
  • Facilities and Fleet: This includes the relevant airfield, flight simulation and related aviation or training equipment, the fleet / aircraft as well as ground training infrastructure. Westline operates an extensive fleet of meticulously maintained Fixed Wing Aircraft and Helicopters for training, as well as charter, purposes. This includes 14 aircraft; particularly a number of C172’s (Cessna 172) which are renowned and almost ‘purpose-build’ for ab-initio training purposes, as well as 8 Helicopters. There are other aircrafts more suitable for advanced flight training within our fleet. Furthermore, in 2012 Westline Aviation acquired a FNPT II Generic Multi Engine Piston Simulator. This, in fact, exceeds the minimum prescribed standards of the SACAA regarding accreditation of similar equipment; meaning that training credits are accordingly recognised.
  • Staff and Management: The Managing Director, Charlie Marais boasts over four decades of aviation-related experience. Hailing from an ex-military commander role, he is considered and widely respected countrywide as an industry authority and training veteran. He is part of an elect group of instructors as a Grade 1 Designated Flight Examiner on both Fixed Wing Aircraft and Helicopters. Charlie also has a number of other qualifications and specialisations under his belt including Aviation Safety Courses. He is supported by an incredibly dedicated, qualified and knowledgeable team of full time instructors and support personnel. Ultimately, the immense body of knowledge, skill, experience and care of the Westline Aviation team sets the institute apart as far as expert training and proficient service is concerned.

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This list is by no means exhaustive in your quest on how to become a pilot in South Africa; do keep an eye out for forthcoming articles and press releases on pilot career requirements. If you have any questions regarding Westline Aviation or to register for one of our sought-after training programs or courses.
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