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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS?

AT WHAT AGE CAN ONE START FLYING?

From as early as the age of 14. Specific licenses has specific age requirement to test for that license.

 

WHEN ARE YOU TOO OLD TO START FLYING?

You are too old to fly when you are no longer medically fit. There is no age restriction, however, you must pass a

Grade II aviation medical examination for a Private Pilot and a Grade III examination for a National Pilot. iFlight offers

pilot training for anyone, from young to old. We have different packages and flight training schedules available to

accommodate full time scholars, cadet students and people with a full-time job.

 

IS IT A GOOD IDEA TO START MY LICENCE WHILE STILL IN SCHOOL?

Definitely. In the aviation industry one needs to take every opportunity possible. If you are thinking of making a

career in aviation, you need to aim at qualifying as a Commercial Pilot as early as possible. If you can finish your PPL

and Night Rating whilst still at school, you will be ready to qualify for your Commercial Pilot’s Licence in the first year

after you matriculate. This means you could be a Commercial Pilot and possibly an instructor at the age of 18 or 19.

A big advantage.

Our Scholar Pilot programme is design to have none to low impact on the standard School academic and sport

requirements. Most theory will be presented during the terms with practical flights scheduled over school holidays.

 

WHY TRAIN AT MIDDELBURG AIRFIELD?

Due to quiet airspace, you as the student will spend less time on the ground and more time training in the air,

resulting in more efficient training with less costs. At a busy airport students can easily spend 20-30% of their flight

lesson on the ground. Training in controlled airspace does hold advantages regarding radio communication

proficiency, and that is why during the course of your training you will fly regularly into controlled airspace as well as

attend interactive ground training, applicable to radio communications and procedures.

 

DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR ALL THE TRAINING UPFRONT?

No, not at all. We require an initial payment towards your training of R 5000, thereafter you just need to keep your

account in credit. You can pay as you fly.

 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE MY PPL IF I DO IT PART-TIME?

A part-time PPL license can take anything from 6 to 12 months, depending on your time availability. It also depends

on how frequently you want to fly. All training (practical and theoretical) can be completed over weekends and holidays.

  

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE MY LICENSE IF I DO IT FULL-TIME?

Our full-time programmes will see you completing your PPL license in under 4 months

 

WHEN CAN I START TRAINING?

Training can be started at any time throughout the year.

 

IS THE SOUTH AFRICAN PPL ACCEPTED INTERNATIONALLY?

Yes, in most countries. However, the medical examination, Air Law examinations and the PPL flight test must be re

taken in that country. The requirements are similar to those applicable to an overseas pilot wishing to fly in our

country.

 

CAN THE COURSE BE COMPLETED IN THE QUOTED AMOUNT OF HOURS?

It is possible to complete the course in the minimum law required hours. However, the secret is to fly regularly and

to read up as much as you can about learning to fly prior to commencing each lesson. The learning curve differs for

each person. Extra lessons might be needed to be fully proficient to complete your flight test to qualify for your

license, however this will vary from student to student. At iFlight we incorporate intelligent flight training solutions

to assist you in qualifying as close as possible to the law required hours.

 

CAN I FIRST COMPLETE MY NPL AND THE CONVERT TO A PPL?

Yes you can, however you will need to complete another 10 hours of dual training as well as a portion of the PPL

navigation flights and write the 8 PPL subjects. This route could be more costly.

 

IF I WEAR SPECTACLES, CAN I STILL BECOME A PILOT?

Yes, you most probably can. Many pilots wear either spectacles or contact lenses. We suggest that you have the

medical examination prior to commencing your training.

 

WHAT ABOUT MY GRADES AT SCHOOL?

It is recommended that English, mathematics, science and geography be taken at school, though these subjects are

not compulsory.