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Drone Pilot Training Course

We offer full-time drone courses from our campuses in Durban and Mossel Bay.

You do not require any prior experience to start our drone course. Our courses are led by a team of highly qualified ground school and flight instructors, all working within the aviation industry.

If you hold a SACAA qualification which includes a PPL, CPL or ATPL, you will not have to complete all the ground school subjects. Each of our course pages highlight which subjects you must complete.

Why do I need a Drone Licence / RPL?

YOU WILL NEED TO BE A HOLDER OF AN RPL IF YOU AIM TO FLY:

  • a drone for commercial use or if you earn money or gain any remuneration indirectly from flying a drone (SACAA CARs Part 101).
  • outside the drone safety rules for Model Aircraft (SACAA CARs Part 94).
  • on a remotely piloted aircraft operator’s certificate (ROC).

Drone licence minimum requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must have a Class 3 Medical Certificate from an aviation doctor, which must be obtained before you start your course. We can assist with arrangements for your medical.
  • All examinations require pass mark of above 75%.
  • You require at least a level 4 English Language proficiency.

How is the drone course structured?

Once you have made your payment and selected your course date

  • you will receive access to material consisting of 10 subjects and mock examinations.
  • you will be required to attend ground school lectures at at our Durban Campus.
  • ground school lectures will take approximately 7 working days to complete.
  • during the lectures we will prepare you for your examinations.
  • once you passed your examinations you will need approximately 3 days to complete the practical lessons and the flight test. This is however dependent on your skill level.

What is included in the cost of the course?

  • Course material
  • Mock examinations
  • Final examination fees (for the first attempt – all rewrites are for your own account)
  • Practical flight training
  • RPL test with the Designated Flight Examiner
  • SACAA licensing fees
  • Courier costs for your licence
  • English Proficiency Exam if required
  • Lunch and refreshments during practical training days

What subjects are covered during ground school?

  • Principles of Flight
  • Navigation
  • Battery and Energy Management
  • Air Law – CATS/CARs Part 101
  • RPAS Technical and General
  • Radio Telephony
  • Meteorology
  • Human Factors
  • Operational Procedures
  • Flight Performance and Planning

Are you a holder of a PPL, CPL or ATPL?

If you are a holder of valid Private Pilot Licence (PPL), Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) or Air Transportation Pilot Licence (ATPL), you will only need do the practical training, a flight test and complete the following subjects:

  • Principles of Flight
  • RPAS Technical and General
  • Operational Procedures
  • Flight Performance and Planning

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