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Pilot Training School – Fly With Us!

We offer helicopter and aeroplane pilot training courses to local and international students at our pilot training schools in Durban and Mossel Bay, South Africa.

We are committed to enhancing; skills development, technology transfer and pilot career opportunities in the aviation industry.

Established in 1999, our Training Academy is synonymous with some of the finest pilot training schools worldwide.

Have you considered becoming a pilot?

  • By 2035, between 490 000 and 790 000 helicopter and aeroplane pilots will be needed to be trained, to meet global demands.
  • If you are constantly looking up at the sky, an aviation lover, passionate about flying, want to fly for fun or follow this career path, then learn to fly with us.
  • If you are not sure what career path you want to follow and think that you should have a ‘gap’ year after matric, why not learn to fly instead of heading overseas?

Helicopter or Aeroplane?

When deciding on whether you want to fly helicopters or aeroplanes, you need to first decide to which you are best suited.  Helicopters and Aeroplanes serve different needs in the aviation industry and the techniques used to fly differ widely.

Starlite utilises both helicopters and aeroplanes extensively in all areas of our operational business, for example, some MEDEVAC contracts require both aircraft types.

Why Starlite?

  • We are known for our stringent safety and quality standards.
  • Our proven track record operating on 5 continents in over 88 countries validates our experience.
  • We offer competitive aeroplane and helicopter training course prices.
  • We tailor your pilot training to suit your lifestyle. Training programmes are unique to your requirements.
  • Aircraft availability.  We ensure that there are sufficient aircraft to cope with the increasing demand for pilot training.
  • We assist with arranging comfortable accommodation for the duration of your training

What Should I Know Before I Begin My Pilot Training?

If you love the outdoors, are the adventurous type with an outgoing personality, who works hard, is enthusiastic, determined and a team player, then you are on the road to a flying career of a lifetime. There are basic requirements that are essential before you begin your pilot training.

General Pilot Training Requirements

  • What age can you begin your training? You may begin your pilot training when you turn 16.
  • English Proficiency Both Written and Spoken
    • A good grasp of the English language is a necessity for both the practical and theoretical side of flying.  English is the language of aviation. You will undergo an English proficiency test. If you passed English in matric, you should not have a problem passing.
  • Good Health – Both Physical And Mental
    • All pilots undergo regular medicals to monitor their fitness to be flying fit.  You would need to undergo a full medical by an aviation doctor before you can enrol.
  • No Alcohol or Drug Dependency
    • Certain medical conditions and any indication of drug or alcohol dependency will prevent a person from flying.
  • Personal Discipline
    • The examinations for both a private and commercial licence are fairly difficult and require a 75% pass mark. You will need the drive and discipline to put in study time over and above  ground school lectures that you attend.

What Subjects Do I Need to Select at High School?

Whilst not pre-requisites to have as your Matric subjects; Math, Physical Science and Geography would be an advantage and play a significant role in the study of Aerodynamics, Navigation, Flight Planning and Meteorology.  The Math involved in Private Pilot Licence level is fairly elementary.  The the difficulty increases at Commercial level.

How long will it take to become a qualified Commercial Pilot?

If you are a dedicated and motivated student pilot, it should take you 6 months to fly ‘solo’ and pass your Private Pilot Licence. If you continue as a full-time student it should take a further 12 to 18 months to acquire your Commercial Pilot Licence and complete your required flying time of 200 hours.

Why Do International Students Train to Be Pilots at Starlite in South Africa?

Whether you are just starting out in aviation, looking to build hours, covert to other aircraft types or improve your skills, our pilot training schools in Durban and Mossel Bay, South Africa, offer you:

  • A full range of training courses and options for hour building on superior simulators.
  • Superior pilot training for students from all over the world at a fraction of the cost compared with other countries.
  • Sweeping coastlines, breath-taking mountain ranges close by, favourable, moderate weather most of the year and busy airports in close proximity to both our Training schools, makes South Africa the perfect country in which to learn to fly.
  • Quality training at what is considered to be one of best pilot training schools in the world by both regulatory bodies and our graduate pilots.
  • World class pilot training facilities and aircraft.

What career opportunities will there be after I am qualified?

Many of our pilots fly for Starlite or other major aviation companies and are working for:

  • Major global airlines
  • Private helicopter and aeroplane companies
  • Firefighting
  • Medevac which involves flying patients to the nearest medical facilities
  • Transporting passengers and cargo
  • Anti-poaching units across Africa
  • Private local and international charter companies, flying tourists to holiday destinations and on scenic tours

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