You have decided that you want to become a Helicopter Pilot
What are the factors you have to consider when choosing an Aviation
We have compiled the most important for you:
What kind of pilot do you want to become?
Do you want to fly just for fun or do you want to become a professional paid pilot?
It seems silly to ask, but if you know from the start what your goal is you will be
|Which aviation training school is the best?
The truth of the matter is that all SACAA approved training schools are regulated
That means that when you qualify as a pilot under a licensed training school you
The standard of training is the same at any school, thus no school can say they
That includes the instructors as well. All aircraft must also be maintained at
In the end it depends on you if you want to train at a large school and just be
|Location of the school?
When choosing where to train you have to think about where the school is located.
Training at sites where there isn’t air traffic control doesn’t really expose you to
Just keep in mind that large airports have lots of air traffic, thus the airspace will
Weather is a big factor when you are training. Fortunately South Africa has overall
|Cost of your training?
Now you have a shortlist of schools you are interested in. After you have received
Look at the hourly rate that they charge per aircraft. Does it include fuel and
But the most important that you have to know about budgeting for a
What that means is that you have to look for schools who’s students complete their
At the end of the day this could mean you do not have the funds to complete your
|Work opportunities within training schools and elsewhere?
Some training schools will be offer work for pilots who have completed their
if they are only going to employ you as freelance pilot and you will only be paid
The same goes for the schools that say the Helicopter Pilots are in huge demand.
|Why train with us?
Ideally I would like to tell you we are the best, but as stated above I cannot say that.
|Patrick Wenk completed his Helicopter PPL on the 5th June 2012 in the Robinson RH22, ZS-RXL
Cassie de Bruin completed his Helicopter Private Pilot Licence on the 6th January 2012 in the Robinson RH44, ZS-RWS
Jared Watney completed his Helicopter Private Pilot Licence on the 12th December 2011 in the Robinson RH22, ZS-RXL