Where do I begin?
Rest assured, we’ll walk you through the programme, step by step. At Central Flying Academy you know exactly what awaits you.
As for your time investment, it takes on average three to six months to earn a Private Pilots License; this of course depends on you. At Central Flying Academy, you truly do it all on your own terms and at your own pace. Training is worked into your schedule, so you can fly in the early morning or late in the evening, midday or on weekends – whatever suits you.
TO BECOME A PILOT
- You must be at least 15 years of age for a Student Pilot License (enabling you to go solo) and 17 to attain your Private Pilot License. There is no maximum age limit.
- You must be able to read, speak and understand English.
- You must undergo a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) medical examination every two years (annually after 40 years of age), to ensure that you don’t have any medical conditions that would hinder your ability to fly. This exam must be performed by a CAA approved medical examiner.
Contrary to popular belief, pilots can wear glasses or contact lenses to correct vision. And other physical and medical limitations don’t automatically keep you from learning to fly either.
In the air you’ll earn your wings through personal instruction in the cockpit. The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) requires that you to have a minimum of 45 hours flying experience, and successfully pass a skills test in order to obtain the PPL. Those hours include time behind the controls with and without your instructor and a few cross-country flights. You also systematically work through the Private Pilot course by learning different exercises necessary in order to fly a plane.
Relax. You can do it. The Cessna aircraft you will train on are extremely stable and very forgiving. And all our aircraft are meticulously maintained to ensure the utmost safety and top performance.
During the course of the programme, you will take the CAA written exams in our approved CAA Testing Centre and when you are ready, you will be recommended for a practical flying test. During ground school and flight training, we will prepare you for these milestones with a series of trial runs. We have excellent facilities where you may take mock exams, ensuring you are fully prepared for the actual examinations.