In line with the directive from our President with respect to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) compulsory national lockdown period, Central Flying Academy is suspending all flight training activities, effective 26 March 2020. Normal flight training activities are expected to resume on Friday, 17 April 2020.

During this time, we plan to attend to all administrative functions as per normal. Selected students may be contacted by their instructors for online briefings via Zoom.

We thank you for your patience and understanding. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to you and your families during this challenging time.

Link to Official COVID-19 website as required by regulations imposed on all .za websites in Government Gazette 43164


Your Commercial Pilot License (CPL) is the qualification you will require in order to take up flying as a career. If you are interested in flying for an Airline in the future, it is the gateway to your Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL).


  • A valid PPL and Night Rating
  • A valid Class I Flight Medical Certificate
  • A minimum age of 18 years or older
  • A minimum of 200 Flying Hours
  • A General Radio License
  • To have passed the following 8 SACAA written examinations:
    • Human Performance
    • Air Law
    • Aircraft Technical and General
    • Meteorology
    • Radio Aids
    • Instruments
    • Flight Planning
    • Navigation
  • Minimum of 85 hours flying as Pilot-in-Command (The total combined PIC hours, including PPL and CPL, must be 100 hours).
  • Minimum of 40 hours Instrument Training (of which no more than 20 hrs may be accumulated on a simulator).
  • Minimum of 5 night flying hours as PIC.
  • Attended the Commercial Ground School.
  • Commercial test preparation.

A requirement for the CPL is to attend a Ground School on all of the above mentioned subjects and to pass their applicable SACAA Examinations.

You must also pass a Practical Flying Test with a Grade I, Designated Flight Examiner (DE) assigned by the SACAA.

The CPL will, on average, take you between 12 to 18 months to complete if done on a full-time basis. However, you have 36 months to complete your training after writing and passing the last subject Examination.

The hour building stage toward the 100 hours PIC requirement can be completed on our pristine fleet of aircraft.

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