The Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) is the first step in any individual’s aviation career and is considered to be the foundation of your flight training. This is where you learn and understand the essential principals and disciplines required for piloting an aircraft. These principals and disciplines are very important as later training will depend on your previous knowledge in order for you to continue, upgrade and improve your flying skills.

The entry requirements for the PPL are as follows:

  1. There are no official academic requirements; however, we strongly recommend that the student has completed English, Mathematics and Physical Science/Geography in their Matric/Conclusive year at school.
  2. The candidate must be at least 16 years old.
  3. Pass a Class 2 Medical Examination (This examination must be conducted by an SACAA approved aviation doctor).

The training to be completed is as follows:

  1. 45 hours of flight training (This is the legal minimum required).
  2. Complete the required ground training.
  3. Complete the 7x Theoretical PPL examinations – these can be done online at the VFS test centre.
  4. Complete the Restricted Radio Telephony Course & Examination.
  5. Complete the English Language Proficiency Test (Not required if the student has a Matric Certificate).
  6. Pass the Initial Practical Skills Test.

The Private Pilot Licence is aimed at the recreational pilot that wishes to fly themselves, their family or their friends to destinations not served by scheduled airline services; for either business or for pleasure. You would be entitled to fly aircraft that you are rated on as Pilot-in-Command. However, you would not be allowed to charge for your services as a pilot nor would you be allowed to charge for the use of the aircraft utilised for your flights.

Should you require a quotation or any other information for the PPL, please feel free to contact us via our Contact Form.


The SACAA Night Rating is an additional rating that is added to your existing Private Pilot Licence. The night rating requires that the pilot has a minimum of 10 hours of Instrument training, upon completion of the rating. The instrument training must be done with an Instructor who holds a Valid Instrument Rating.

These instrument hours are done during the day under the “HOOD” in the General Flying Area. The “HOOD” restricts the pilot’s view to that of the instruments in the aircraft only.

Once you have successfully completed 10 hours of Instrument Training; you will then complete Night Circuits followed by a Night Cross-Country exercise.

As soon as you have completed the syllabus for the Night Rating your instructor will recommend you for Testing with a Grade II Flight Instructor.

Should you require a quotation or any other information for the Night Rating, please feel free to use our Contact Form.


The Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL) is considered a professional licence, and upon completion the pilot will be able to act as pilot in command of a single pilot aircraft, or as co-pilot of a multi pilot aircraft and get remunerated for their work.

The applicant for a Commercial Pilot licence in South Africa must have the following:

  • Hold a valid Private Pilot’s Licence, with Night Rating.
  • Hold a valid Class 1 Medical.
  • 200 hours of flight training (This is the legal minimum).

– Of the total time, 100 hours must be pilot-in-command time (PIC).
– Of the total time, 20 hours must be DUAL Instrument Flying.
– Of the total time, 5 hours must be DUAL on an aircraft that has retractable gears and variable-pitch propeller.

  • Completed the required ground training.
  • Completed the 10x Theoretical CPL Examinations.
  • Completed the General Radio Telephony Examination.
  • Pass the Initial Practical Skills Test.

Should you require a quotation or any other information for the CPL, please feel free to use our Contact Form.


The Instrument Rating is a rating that can be added onto either the Private Pilot’s Licence or the Commercial Pilot’s Licence, and enables the pilot to fly under IFR (Instrument Meteorological Conditions).

The pilot will have to undergo extensive ground and flight training in order to prepare for the Instrument Rating Test.

In order to test the candidate will need to have:

  1. 40 hours of Instrument flight time (under instruction). Of which, 20 hours can be completed on an approved flight simulator.
  2. Hold a valid Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot’s Licence.
  3. Hold a Valid Class 1 medical.
  4. Completed the required ground training
  5. Completed the Instrument Rating Examination

A Pilot who holds an Instrument Rating will have the expertise and qualifications to fly with reference to the flight instruments alone, without having to look outside the aircraft. The completion of an Instrument Rating can be one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, aspects of the training process.

Should you require a quotation or any other information for the Instrument Rating, please feel free to use our Contact Form.


The Flight Instructor Rating (FI) is an excellent rating for any pilot to have on his/her licence. As an Instructor you will gain valuable flight experience and expand your level of knowledge.

You must be the holder of a Valid CPL or ATPL, in order to test for your Flight Instructor Rating.

The training will consist of the following:

  • 20 hours Flight Instructor Patter (Learning to fly and instruct from the right hand side of the aeroplane).
  • 80 hours of Flight Instructor Briefings.
  • 2 Flight Instructor examinations – these can be completed online at the VFS Test Centre.

Once all training has been completed, you will be recommended to test with an approved Designated Flight Examiner.

Should you require a quotation or any other information for the Instructor Rating, please feel free to use our Contact Form.

Cessna 172 ZS-ETO

Cessna 172 ZS-ETO


Virginia Flight School also offers training courses and services for the following:

  1. Aircraft Hire and Fly
  2. Conversions/Differences Training
  3. PPL/CPL/ATPL Ground School
  4. Restricted Radio Telephony Licence
  5. General Radio Telephony Licence
  6. English Language Proficiency Ratings
  7. Initial Multi-Engine Rating
  8. Foreign Licence Validations/Conversions

Should you require a quotation or any other information for any of the above mentioned courses and services, please feel free to use our Contact Form.