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Frequently Asked Questions


  • How old I need to be to start flying?

    You can start at any time; however bear in mind that you can only be sent solo at the age of 15. The minimum age requirement to obtain your PPL is 17 year old and 18 years for a Commercial Pilot License
  • When am I too old to fly ?

    There is no age restriction; however you must pass a Grade II aviation medical examination for a Private Pilot and a Grade I examination for aCommercial Pilot.
  • What are the requirement to qualify ?

    You need to pass a medical examination, performed by a Designated Aviation Medical Examiner. You must be a South African citizen or a holder of an appropriate visa
  • Where can I do my medical ?

    UNITAS FLIGHING ACADEMY.CC recommends the services of an approved Medical Examiner in the Vicinity; students can make their own bookings as per their convenience. The Information can be supplied on request
  • Must I have good English language skills ?

    Yes, English proficiency is a requirement by law, you need to pass an English Proficiency test and the minimum requirement is a level 4.
  • What are the education requirement ?

    There are no official educational requirements, but we recommend Mathematics,Physical Science and English as subjects on matric level, otherwise you may battle with the Commercial phase without having had the proper grounding.
  • How do I enroll ?

    Complete the application forms attached fax or e-mail the list of documents. An initial upfront fee of R20 000.00 needs to be paid into our bank account.
  • What if I am a foregin student ?

    You need to apply for a study visa through the South African Embassy in your country. A non-refundable fee of ZAR 5000.00 into our bank account will activate the process of selection. We will issue you with an acceptance letter for 24 months. The fee paid will include the compulsory medical cover required by the embassy. We make use of Momentum Health which gives the best comprehensive cover and they are a reputable company. In some countries the application for a study visa, can only be processed if an additional ZAR 50 000 be paid as proof of student enrolment. The payment will secure you booking on the course. Half of the remainder of the course fee need to be paid 6 weeks after commencing training and the balance in 18 weeks after start date.
  • Where can I get financial assistance ?

    Unfortunately we do not have any sponsorship available at this stage. If you are a South African citizen you can apply at ABSA, First National Bank and Standard Bank for a student loan. If you are a foreigner you would need to source for financial assistance in your own country.
  • Do you supply accommodation and transport ?

    Accommodation and transport can be supplied. Space is limited and we need to know in advance to be able to prepare a room for you. The rooms are shared, unless single quarters are required.
  • How many hours do I need to obtain a Commercial Pilot License with an Instrument Rating?

    A total of 200 hours is needed, of which 100 hours must be as pilot in command, 10 of those hours being pilot in command by night, 40 hours of instrument training, of which 15 hours can be on a simulator.
  • When can I commence training?

    You can start the pre set dates on the prospectus.
  • Is my license internationally recognized?

    You will need to convert your license in accordance with the aviation laws of the country, you intend to fly in
  • Do I need to write any theoretical exams?

    Yes, the PPL exams are written “on line” using our using our accredited computer based Examination Management System which is linked with the South African Civil Aviation Authority.The following exams are to be written with a pass-mark of at least 75%:

    . Meteorology

    . Navigation

    . Air Law

    . Principles of Flight

    . Engines and Airframes

    . Human Performance

    . Flight Performance and Planning

    . Restricted Radio Licence

  • Will I be able to attend a Ground School?

    There are two phases to ground school. The first is coupled to flight training and will be done during normal daily slot times. This part of ground training is particular to the exercises being done in the air. The more formal part of ground training is conducted in a class room where all students requiring this part of the ground training will congregate. The program caters for at least 5 weeks of ground
  • How many hours do I need to obtain a Private Pilot License?

    A minimum of 45 hours are required by law, which consist of 30 hour dual instructionand 15 hours solo flight. This is the legal minimum, additional hours may be needed to meet the standards expected, therefore depending on the student’s aptitude and progress.
  • How many hours do I need to complete a Night Rating?

    You need to complete 10 hours of dual flight instruction, of which 5 can be done on a simulator. An additional 4 hours of night navigation must be flown. The Night Rating test will be 1 hour.
  • How long does it take to graduate from PPL to CPL after I commenced training?

    It takes between 12 and 18 months to complete the entire course, depending on your ability to pass the theoretical exams and to meet the required standards to successfully test.
  • Should I do a Single or Multi Engine Commercial Pilot Licence?

    This is a personal choice, however it will certainly enhance you marketability as a professional pilot if you obtained a Multi-Engine rating.
  • Should I do my Instructor’s rating?

    To increase later employment opportunities, many Commercial Pilot’s elect to obtain their Instructor’s rating. The professional challenges of being an instructor will undoubtedly make a candidate more employable and offers more career opportunities in the future.
  • Last but not least, why should I choose ِATIS Flight Academy?

    We have a passion for Aviation. We have more than 330 days of good flying weather. The ratio of students to instructors are limited- giving you value for money. We offer a wide variety of courses. We are based on a private aerodrome. We own all our own aircrafts.


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