What qualifications should I have to begin my flight training?

To begin training, you must be declared medically fit to participate by an approved aviation medical examiner. You don’t need any prerequisite subject experience, but you will benefit from an understanding of math and science concepts.

How old do I have to be to begin flying lessons?

You may begin training at 16 years of age. Licenses may be issued at the following ages:

  • 17 years old for a PPL
  • 18 years old for a CPL
  • 21 years old for an ATPL
How long does training take?

The duration of your training is contingent upon your schedule and whether you join as a full-time or a part-time student. On average, it takes between 4 and 6 months to receive a PPL, and between 18 to 24 months to complete the full coursework required for a CPL with IFR. After completing training you will be able to have your airline transport pilot license.

You will have proper information about Boing – airbus, Cessna C172, Piper PA 30, single engine, multi-engine, night rating, instrument rating, ICAO – CAA – FAA – EASA and much more.

How old is too old to commence flying lessons?

No Upper age Restriction, but a valid medical is required.

What is the best aircraft for students to rent to build flight time?

While there is no particular aircraft required for flight training, we recommend the C172 for this phase in a pilot’s education. It is a fairly simple aircraft, quite forgiving, and proves a great trainer aircraft for students.

Must I have good English language skills?
  • Yes, English proficiency is a requirement by law, minimum is a Level 4.
Where will I work once I have my PPL/CPL?
  • As a PPL you may not fly for remuneration, only for pleasure and at your own expense in order to obtain the legal requirements for a higher type license, i.e. CPL
  • As a CPL, you may conduct flights for remuneration, provided it is done so under a legal operator’s certificate. Many of our CPL graduated pilots find themselves working for charter companies, or in neighboring countries. Quite a few of our CPL graduates have also moved into the airline industry, servicing both local and international carriers. A further advance to the CPL is to obtain an instructors rating, only for those candidates that have an absolute passion for not only aviation, but also for teaching it to others and helping to fulfill their dreams.
How many exams do I have to write?
  • That depends on your course, for a PPL there are 8 official online CAA exams that do not include in-house block quizzes and exams, in order to prep you for the actual exam.
  • For the Commercial/IFR course, there are also 8 subjects, covering the same subjects as PPL, but in much more depth. At BCFS we have a ground school that is hosted by industry and airline pilots, with more than ample amounts of knowledge to help ease the intense workload to easy and digestible pieces of information. Our full time flight instructors are also around 24/7 to help!
  • For the ATPL exams, there are only 6 exams, covering most of the commercial syllabus, with further application to known CPL and PPL knowledge.
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What is the minimum and maximum hours for a PPL or to go solo?
  • To comply with the regulations, a SPL is required to have at least 10 hours of dual training, covering specific exercises.
  • Minimum hours in obtaining a PPL are 15 hours solo and 25 dual and 5 hours Instrument (Simulator) training, total of 45 hours.
  • If a candidate has not yet gone solo by 40 hours of dual training, it is required by law that a Designated GR I Flight Examiner (DFE), conduct the solo check. If a SPL holder has obtained in excess of 80 hours dual training, and meet the min requirements for a PPL and PPL test, such test must also be conducted by a DFE.
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What are Our fleet of aircraft?
  •  Cessna 172 Skyhawk’s (150 Hp)

    • Ab initio training
    • Hire & Fly
    • Conversion to type training
    • Hour building for Commercial students
    • Minimum utilisation time if taken away for Hire and Fly 3 hours per day

    Piper Arrow (200 Hp)

    • Conversion to type
    • Advanced training
    • Fully IF equipped

    Baron Be 55

    • Advanced training
    • Conversion to type
    • Initial Multi Engine rating
    • Fully IF equipped
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