FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A PRIVATE PILOT’S LICENCE?
This is a globally recognised pilot’s license that enables you to fly an aircraft for pleasure or business, with friends or family. You may not however fly at night or for remuneration. You would share the same air spaces as all the airliners and other aviators, with all the same responsibilities.
WHAT IS A NIGHT RATING?
This is an additional course that works hand in hand with your PPL. Air law states that 15 minutes before sunrise and 15 minutes after sunset you may fly with your PPL. A night rating enables you to fly at any time, day or night. This course gives a very basic idea of instrument flying and the dangers of flying with insufficient visual reference to the ground or horizon.
WHAT IS A COMMERCIAL PILOT’S LICENCE?
This is a flight license that enables you to fly for remuneration. You would have completed your full instrument rating which would enable you to fly the aircraft with reference to the instruments only. By now you would also have done your multi engine rating. Although you are able to do only a single engine commercial license we recommend the multi-engine rating, as most charter and airline aircraft are multi engine aircraft.
HOW LONG DO I REQUIRE TO COMPLETE A PRIVATE PILOTS LICENCE
- Full time – approximately 12 to 16 weeks
- Part time – approximately 6 to 9 months
These times are given as an idea of what we have experienced throughout the years we have been involved in flight training. We have had many students that complete the training in shorter times so it depends on the student. All training is done on a “one on one” basis so the pace and program is flexible and will be set out by you and your instructor.