Courses

Bird Aviation has been approved by the SACAA to conduct the following training: 

  • Student Pilot licence
  • Private pilot licence
  • Night Rating 
  • Instrument rating
  • Instructor rating
  • Multi engine rating
  • instructors ratings 
  • Advanced multi engine course
  • Aerobatic training
  • Taildragger ratings
  • Simulator training
  • Groundschool for Private pilot licence (PPL)
  • Groundschool for Commercial pilot licence (CPL)
  • Airline transport pilot licence preperation
  • Test center for online exams (PPL)
  • English language proficiency testing
  • Restricted and General radio licences

 

The Courses Explained:

 

PRIVATE PILOT LICENCE (PPL)

The Private pilot license is for recreational and personal flying or the first step for those in pursuit of a commercial license. It enables the holder to fly an aircraft during the day with passengers or for personal business transport. To qualify for a PPL one must:

  • Be at least 17 years old (training can be started at 16 on a student license)
  • The applicant must also have a valid class I or II medical certificate
  • The applicant must have a valid Restricted Radio Licence (done as part of your  PPL training)
  • An applicant must have a valid student pilot licence (SPL), (done as part of   your PPL training)
  • Have passed all the theoretical knowledge examinations required for the PPL  syllabus.
  • The subjects are: 1) Aviation Meteorology, 2) Flight Planning and Performance,      3) Navigation, 4) Aircraft technical and general, 5) Principles of Flight,      6) Radio, 7) Human Performance, 8) Air Law
  • Have successfully passed the flight skills test
  • An  applicant must have a minimum of 45 hours flight time as pilot of an  aeroplane, of which:
  • At  least 25 hours must be dual flight instruction (flying with an instructor)
  • At  least 15 hours of solo flight time of which at least 5 hours must be  accumulated doing cross country flying

NIGHT RATING

The Night rating follows on from the PPL. This rating as the name implies, allows the holder to operate and fly an aircraft at night. To qualify for the night rating one must:

  • An applicant for a night rating must be the holder of a valid pilot’s licence
  • 5 hours theoretical knowledge instruction
  • Pass an online night rating theory exam
  • A  minimum of 10 hours instrument training, of which at most 5 hours may be  flown in an approved simulation device
  • Not less than 5 take offs and landings as the pilot manipulating the controls  while under dual instruction
  • A  night navigation of at least 150 nautical miles
  • A  night rating is valid for as long as the pilot’s licence is valid

INSTRUMENT RATING

The instrument rating Enables the licence holder to fly with reference only to the instruments. This rating is critical for those moving onto commercial licences. Furthermore PPL holders who need the flexibility of being able to fly in less than perfect weather will find this rating beneficial. Being more technical in nature the Instrument rating will require:

  • An applicant for an instrument rating must hold a valid pilot’s licence
  • The  applicant must hold a valid night rating
  • The  applicant must hold a valid class II medical certificate
  • An applicant must have passed all the theoretical knowledge examinations. If      the applicant is not doing his/her CPL, the examinations to be written      are: 1) Aviation Meteorology, 2) Flight Planning and Performance, 3) Radio      Aids and Communication, 4) General Navigation, 5) Instruments and      Electronics, 6) Human Performance and Limitations, 7) Air Law and      Procedures
  • The applicant must hold a valid General Radio Licence
  • The  applicant must have completed a minimum of 50 hours cross country flight  experience as pilot in command
  • He/she must have done 40 hours of instrument flight training with an instructor,  of which 20 hours may be made up in an approved flight simulation training device
  • If      the applicant is doing an instrument rating on a multi-engine aircraft, 5  hours of the required flight experience mentioned above needs to be done      on a multi-engine aircraft over and above the flight time necessary for      the initial issue of rating for the multi-engine aircraft

MULTI ENGINE RATING

The Multi engine rating enables the holder to fly aircraft with more than 1 power plant. This rating can be added to a PPL with more than 70 hours PIC time or more typically included into the commercial pilot license syllabus. The multi-engine rating requirements are:

·         At least 70 hours PIC on aeroplanes

·         Hold at least a valid PPL licence

·         6 flight training for a visual licence

·         An additional 5 hours if an instrument endorsement is sought

 

COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENCE

A commercial pilot licence enables the holder to fly for reward. It is this licence that makes one employable as a professional pilot. The requirements for a commercial license are

  • An  applicant for a CPL must be at least 18 years old
  • The  applicant must hold a valid class I medical certificate
  • The  applicant must have a valid General Radio Licence
  • The  applicant must produce evidence that he/she has/has had within the      previous 60 months one of the following: a valid South African PPL
  • Have  passed all the theoretical knowledge examinations. The examinations are as      follows: 1) Aviation Meteorology, 2) Flight Planning and Performance, 3)      Radio Aids and Communication, 4) General Navigation, 5) Instruments and      Electronics, 6) Aircraft Technical and General, 7) Human Performance and      Limitations, 8) Air Law and Procedures
  • The   applicant must hold a valid night rating
  • The  applicant must have completed not less than: 200 hours of flight time      which may include 20 hours of instructional time in an approved simulation      device
  • The  total flight time must include 100 hours as pilot in command
  • Not  less than 20 hours cross country flight time as pilot in command
  • 5  hours of night flying as pilot in command
  • 20 hours of instrument instruction time
  • At  least 5 hours instruction on a complex aircraft (adjustable flaps,  retractable undercarriage and a variable pitch propeller or turbine engine
  • The  applicant must undergo the skills test for the issue of a CPL not more  than 36 months after having passed all the theoretical examinations

 

 

 GRADE 3 INSTRUCTOR COURSE

The Instructor course enables the holder to give basic flight instruction to students. Flight instructor ratings are a valuable add on to CPL holders making them more employable. Instruction work can be very personally rewarding and provides a good way of gaining experience while earning a salary. To become a GR3 instructor requires:

  • An      applicant for a Grade III flight instructor’s rating must have either a   valid Commercial Pilot Licence or Airline Transport Pilot Licence
  • The      applicant must have successfully completed 20 hours of instructional  patter training with either a Grade I or Grade II flight instructor, of      which 15 hours must be in the aircraft and 5 hours may be accumulated in      an approved flight simulation training device
  • The      applicant must have passed the theoretical knowledge examinations for an  instructor rating

AEROBATIC COURSE

The introductory and advanced aerobatic courses are available to all license holders. Aerobatic training improves confidence and also enhances safety by exposing the pilot to aircraft attitudes and actions that are not normally encountered in everyday flying.

ADVANCED MULTI ENGINE COURSE  (COMING SOON)

The advanced multi engine course is for holders of a CPL license or higher who have already obtained their initial multi engine rating. Students will be trained on a larger and far more complex multi-engine aircraft with turbo chargers, geared engine, pressurisation systems and more. The aim of this course is to prepare CPL holders for more technically advanced aircraft and also simulate basic charter operations through Line orientated training where simulated charters are done to remote strips and ,where possible, cross border operations.

TAIL DRAGGER RATING

Tail wheel aircraft provide an interesting challenge to many pilots. Tail wheel endorsements are required for many branches of aviation, tug operations, crop spraying and aerobatic aircraft  to name but a few. Even more important is how a tail wheel endorsement improves basic piloting skills owing to its tendency to catch unwary pilots on landing. The rating is open to SPL and upwards and will be a minimum of 5 hours training. 

Aircraft test flights

Our CFI Derek Bird is a class 2 test pilot and is able to offer post maintanace test flights as well as initial type test flights. Please contact us to dicsuss options and pricing

 

Microlight and LSA 

National Pilot License Requirements

Light Sport Aircraft
Initial requirements
Minimum 35 hrs flying which must include;
Minimum 15 hrs solo
1 Dual Cross Country not less than 90 min
1 Solo Cross Country not less than 90 min
(Cross countries shall have at least 3 legs)
1 dual instruction flight in/out of controlled airport
Exams LSA
Skills test not less than 60 min with Grade A or B instructor which includes;
Navigation skills test not less than 90 minutes which includes 1 full stop landing at a controlled airport other than point of departure.

Conventional Controlled Microlight
Initial requirements
Minimum 25 hrs flying which must include;
Minimum 15 hrs solo
1 Dual Cross Country not less than 90 min
1 Solo Cross Country not less than 90 min
(Cross countries shall have at least 3 legs)
Exams CCM
Skills test not less than 60 min with Grade A or B instructor
which includes;
Navigation skills test not less than 90 minutes which includes 1 full stop landing at a point other than point of departure.

Weight Shift Controlled Microlight
Initial requirements
Minimum 25 hrs flying which must include;
Minimum 15 hrs solo
1 Dual Cross Country not less than 90 min
1 Solo Cross Country not less than 90 min
(Cross countries shall have at least 3 legs)
Exams WCM
Skills test not less than 60 min with Grade A or B instructor which includes;
Navigation skills test not less than 90 minutes which includes 1 full stop landing at a point other than point of departure.