Aeroplane Pilot (Occupation Code : 315303)
DescriptionFlies aeroplanes to transport passengers, mail and freight, or provide agricultural, aviation or aerial surveillance services.
Flying and navigating aircraft in accordance with established control and operating procedures.
Preparing and submitting flight plan or examining standard flight plan.
Controlling the operation of mechanical, electrical and electronic equipment and ensuring that all instruments and controls work properly.
Applying knowledge of principles and practices of flying in order to identify and solve problems arising in the course of their work.
Examining maintenance records and conducting inspections to ensure that aircraft are mechanically sound, maintenance has been performed and that all equipment is operational.
Signing necessary certificates and maintaining official records of flight.
Obtaining briefings and clearances before flights and maintaining contact with air traffic or flight control during flight.
Alternate Occupation Names
Military Transport Pilot
Aerial Topdressing Contractor
Aerial Spraying Contractor
No formal qualification 1
Step 1 : Admission Requirements 2
- No specific educational requirements
The minimum age for entry into this pathway is 15. Although there are no specific educational requirements, a good understanding of mathematics and proficiency in English is recommended. Flying schools may set their own entry requirements. Please check with the institution of your choice.
Step 2 : Final assessment
- Student Pilot’s Licence
The SPL is issued after theoretical training and a theoretical exam. For entry into a training programme towards the Student Pilot’s Licence you must be 15 years or older and you must be registered with an approved aviation training organisation (flying school) for training towards a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).
Step 3 : Final assessment
- Private Pilot’s Licence
To apply for a PPL you must be 17 years or older and hold at least a valid restricted certificate in radiotelephony (aeronautical). You must have successfully completed the prescribed training and passed the necessary theoretical examination. You must have completed at least 45 hours as a pilot of which at least 25 hours must have been in dual instruction and at least 15 hours in solo flight.
Step 4 : Final assessment
- Commercial Pilot’s Licence
To apply for a Commercial Pilot’s Licence (CPL) you must be at least 18 years old. You must also hold a general certificate of proficiency in radiotelephony; show evidence that: you have held a PPL in the 60 months prior to your application; have completed the minimum designated flight hours; have passed the appropriate theoretical examination; have undergone the CPL skills test; hold a valid night rating; hold a valid instrument rating (where applicable); and that you are proficient in English.
Step 5 : Final assessment
- Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence
You have to be at least 21 years old before you can apply for an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence (ATPL). You must also prove that you have held a pilot’s licence in the 60 months prior to your application. Further you have to be in possession of a valid general radio certificate of proficiency in radiotelephony (aeronautical); have passed the appropriate theoretical examination; have undergone the ATPL skills test; hold a valid South African instrument rating (or passed the South African instrument rating skills test); have a logbook summary; and can prove English language proficiency.