South African flying schools are highly regarded, offering a high degree of professionalism and good value. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that many of them are in extremely beautiful places – like Port Alfred, George and Barberton. If it’s your dream to be a pilot, come to South Africa to qualify.

Did you know?

The South African Air Force has 15 active bases in South Africa.

In South Africa, flying schools are situated in some of the most attractive places on the continent.

Take, for instance, 43 Air School down in the Eastern Cape holiday spot of Port Alfred. Not only are you trained in flight by some of the best pilots in South Africa, but you get to fly over some of the best parts of this country, like the Wild Coast. The school can accommodate 120 in-residence trainees at its campus, and the local airport is used almost exclusively for flight training.

Flying schools in South Africa are found in most of the provinces, one of the most popular being in the Western Cape. Cape Flying Services is a flying school situated outside the lovely town of George, on the Garden Route. Here, you're flying between the blue Indian Ocean and the majestic Outeniqua Mountains, with lots to do after the day's lessons.

A flight instruction agency called Aviation Training operates out of the coastal city of Durban. Aviation Training also offers a flight school guide that helps locate the right flying school for your particular needs in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Another company, called Flight Schools South Africa (also out of Durban), takes care of all you flight instruction needs, your transport, accommodation and your South African holiday at the end of it all.

In Gauteng, the Lanseria Flight Centre is one of the country's leading flight training establishments. It specialises in training both domestic and international students.

In the De Kaap Valley near Barberton, Mpumalanga, the legendary Pyramid Flight School under Brian Young is still one of the most scenic ways to earn your sky wings.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Flight Schools South Africa
Tel: +27 31 562 0948

Best time to visit

Flight schools in South Africa operate all year round.

Around the area

Check with your school for activities in the area

What will it cost

Prices vary according to what license it is you wish to obtain.

Length of stay

Check with the school of your choice on course lengths.

What to pack

Your school should provide you with a list or recommended wear. Aviator sun glasses are trendy and useful.

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