SAFTA : South Africa Flight Training Academy

Posted by kedai service 10.4.14

SAFTA is exclusively recognised as the leading flight training academy across South Africa. We strive to be the one of the largest flight schools in South Africa.
South Africa is cited amongst the top 10 destinations for a flight training academy worldwide.
The main attribute to this is the great “non-weather” winter in the Highveld and the strong history of piloting in the country.
The aviation network is mature and continues to do so with the determination and aid of the South African Civil Aviation Authority.
Heidelberg’s airspace is close to the general flying area and is less congested than various other flight schools in South Africa.
It is also unmanned, enabling students to practice “radio talk (aka RT)”at an acceptable pace before going into manned aerodromes.
Heidelberg is in close proximity to international airports and navigation aid. We also have many fly safaris, rally’s and breakfast fly-ins for students to part take in.
SAFTA takes flight schools in South Africa to a whole new extreme level, offering all the main flight training academy programs throughout.

Entry Requirements
A prospective student must submit the following to gain acceptance by the academy
1.    Fill in pages 6-7-8-10-14 of the enrollment form
2.    ID/Passport Copy
3.    Secondary Education or any other education certificate copy
o    Mathematics or Mathematics Literacy
o    English Higher Grade D or Standard Grade C/A and O levels accepted
4.    Medical Insurance that is valid in South Africa copy/details
5.    Deposit of R5000.00 to SAFTA (proof of payment must be sent)

Private Pilot’s Licence: (PPL)
An applicant for a PPL must
•    Be 17 years or older.
•    Hold a valid class 1 or class 2 medical certificate.
•    Hold at least a valid restricted certificate of proficiency in radiotelephony.
•    Show evidence of holding a valid student pilots licence.
•    Have successfully completed the flight training
o    At least 20 hours dual instruction
o    5 hours of instrument/ simulator training
o    3 hours solo circuits
o    5 hours general flying
o    5 hours solo navigation which must include one triangular route with a total distance of 150 NM and two full stop landing at two different airports.
•    Have passed the theoretical knowledge examinations
•    Have passed a skills tested
Privileges and limitation of a Private Pilot’s licence
the holder of a Private Pilot Licence may
•    Act as co-pilot of any aircraft on which a co-pilot is not a requirement
•    May not act as pilot-in-command of an aircraft that is carrying passengers or freight for reward or hire
•    May not be remunerated for acting in any pilot capacity in an aircraft
•    Act as a pilot-in-command of an aircraft in the course of his/her own or employer’s business provided  that
o    The flight is only incidental to that business/employment; and
o    The aircraft does not carry passengers or freight for reward or hire
Night Rating
Requirements for night rating
An applicant for a night rating must
•    Hold a valid pilot licence
•    Hold a valid class 1 or class 2 medical certificate
•    Have passed the theoretical knowledge examination
•    Have successfully completed the flight training
•    10 hours of instrument instruction, of which no more than 5 hours may be accumulated in an approved flights simulator
•    5 take offs and landing by night as pilot manipulating the controls of the aircraft whilst under dual instruction
•    Dual navigation flight by night consisting of at least a total of 150NM in the course of which two full-stops landing at two different aerodromes away from base are made

Privileges and limitation of a night rating
The holder of a valid night rating may exercise the privileges of his/her pilot’s licence by night.
Commercial Pilot’s Licence
Requirements for Commercial Pilot’s Licence
An applicant for a Commercial Pilot Licence must
•    Be 18 years or older
•    Hold a valid class 1 medical certificate
•    Hold at least a valid general certificate of proficiency in radiotelephony
•    Hold a valid completed no less than
o    Total flight time of 200 hours of which 100 hours as pilot-in-command

Privileges and limitation of a Commercial Pilot’s licence
The holder of a Commercial Pilot Licence exercise the following privileges provided that all documents are valid;
•    Exercise all the privileges of a Private Pilot Licence
•    In operations other than they carrying of passengers or freight for reward, act as pilot-in-command.
•    Act as pilot-in-command in commercial air transport in any aircraft certified for single-pilot operations.
•    Act as a safety pilot.
 Instrument Rating
Requirements for Instrument Rating
An applicant for an Instrument Rating must
•    Hold a valid Private Pilot’s Licence
•    Hold a valid Night Rating
•    Hold a valid class 1 medical  certificate
•    Hold a valid general certificate of proficiency in radiotelephony
•    Must have completed
o    50 hours navigation as pilot-in-command
o    40 hours instrument flight training under instruction of which 20 hours may be in an approved flight simulator

Privileges and limitation of an lnstrument Rating
The holder of a valid instrument rating may
•    Act, with in the limitation of his/her pilots licence and particular instrument rating, as pilot of an aircraft in compliance with IFR and under IMC, by day or by night, and
•    Carry out approaches and landings under IMC with the aid of approved approach aids and procedures.
Multi-Engine Rating
Requirements for Multi-Engine Rating
The holder of a valid Multi-Engine Rating
•    7 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction in a multi-engine aircraft and
•    6 hours dual flight training in a multi-engine aircraft operation, including not less than 2 hour dual flight training under normal conditions and at least 3.3 hour dual flight training in engine failure procedures and asymmetric flight. At most 3 hours of the dual flight training maybe acquired in an approved flight simulator.
Privileges and limitation of a Multi-Engine Rating
The holder of a multi-engine rating may the aircraft he/she holds on their licence

Cessna 152
Cessna 152 Aerobat
Cessna 172
Cessna 182
Piper PA28 Cherokee
Piper PA-34 Seneca
Beechcraft Baron BE55
Alpha 160

SAFTA are the leading specialists in aviation in South Africa, Contact any one of our skilled team of experts for further information.

Tel:    + 27 (0)16 100 0517
Fax:    +27 (0) 16 341 7214
Physical Address:    10 Strydom Street  Heidelberg
                                South Africa

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