Blue Sky Aviation Academy

Blue Sky Aviation is the premier helicopter tour company in the Garden Route and our experienced pilots will ensure that you have an experience of a lifetime! With Blue Sky Aviation, you will feel at home.



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“Based in the George, South Africa, heart of the Garden Route, Blue Sky Aviation offers luxury and affordable helicopter flights in and around South Africa. in one of the most beautiful areas in the world.

Packages include helicopter charter flights / helicopter tours to private game reserves as well as remote destinations at one of our affiliated estates.
Blue Sky Aviation’s Flight School (Helicopter Division of TFASA) offers pilot training for both Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) in a highly interactive and personally orientated helicopter flight training program.

Our helicopter instructors are highly experienced and possess all the knowledge on how to become a helicopter pilot and fully preparing the student pilot for future helicopter pilot job.

George ‘s unique coastline location provides the student pilot with training scenario’s and conditions at optimum helicopter performance. Frequent air traffic control from the George Airport ensures safe and effective student pilot flights. History:

Blue Sky Aviation was born out of the passion for flying by two friends, that settled in the majestic town of George, South Africa.
Both enthusiastic helicopter pilots, they envisaged a helicopter school between the foot of the Outenique Mountains and the beautiful coastal village of Haroldsbaai.

In August 2005 they bought their first helicopter, Robinson 44, and Blue-Sky Aviation was started.
Five years later (August 2010) Ian Spence (Commercial Helicopter Pilot & Grade Two Instructor) bought
the company and is currently the sole owner and director.
The company has grown to include in its fleet the Robinson RH22 and the famous Bell Longranger.

In 2012 blue sky moved to a new hangar just across from the old one and here the company really settled in and made it its own.
In May 2013 Blue Sky Aviation saw some big changes with Ian Spence resigning as CEO and Petri van Zyl taking over the position as the Head of Blue sky.
Through determination and the love of flying helicopters, this school has gone from strength to strength.


We operate the following aircraft:

Robinson 22 Beta II:
The R22 helicopter is an American manufactured 2-seater helicopter favoured worldwide as an affordable training helicopter.
It is not only a comfortable, safe and reliable helicopter, but also offers great performance.

Robinson 44 Raven II:
The R44 helicopter is the four-seater version of the R22. It is more powerful and
more versatile as it is used as a trainer and a low-cost charter helicopter.

Bell Longranger B206:
The 206 helicopter is a 5-seater luxury passenger helicopter that is smooth in flight and absolutely VIP transport!

The Bo105 helicopter is a light, twin-engine, multi-purpose helicopter.


We are situated in the coastal town of George (South Africa) which is part of the Garden Route, well known as an area of exceptional beauty.
Just imagine doing your pilot training or flying along the beauty of the Garden Route
coast line or experiencing the dramatic mountains and views of the Klein Karoo.
The George airspace is uncluttered, which gives you more time to concentrate on flying
and less time worrying about congested airspace.

Our Staff:

Petri van Zyl
CEO & Chief Flight

Jacqueline Boshoff

Michael Viljoen
Safety Officer & Instructor

Blue Sky Aviation prides itself on not only providing the best helicopter charter service, but also a friendly and safe environment in which to do helicopter pilot training.

You have decided that you want to become a Helicopter Pilot

What are the factors you must consider when choosing an Aviation?
Training School?

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?
This decision will determine not only how much money you will spend but also how
much time you will spend on your training.

It seems silly to ask, but if you know from the start what your goal is you will be
focused to follow through on your decision.
Which aviation training school is the best?
The truth of the matter is that all SACAA approved training schools are regulated
under the same strict Rules and Regulations.

That means that when you qualify as a pilot under a licensed training school you
are recognized international as a licensed pilot no matter where you’ve trained
in South Africa.
The standard of training is the same at any school, thus no school can say they
are the best.

That includes the instructors as well. All aircraft must also be maintained at
the same standard and always airworthy.
In the end it depends on you if you want to train at a large school and just be
another training student pilot or in a smaller school where you will feel part
of the school and its people.

Location of the school?

When choosing where to train you must think about where the school is located.
If it is situated at an airport it will allow you to get significant radio experience.
Training at sites where there isn’t air traffic control doesn’t really expose you to
the aviation practical side of things.

Just keep in mind that large airports have lots of air traffic, thus the airspace will
be congested and you will have to wait for your turn to fly.
Weather is a big factor when you are training. Fortunately, South Africa has overall
good flying conditions and the schools allow ‘bad weather days’ into your
training schedule.

Cost of your training?
Now you have a shortlist of schools you are interested in. After you have received
quotations from the schools, look closely at what they include and not only the cost.
Look at the hourly rate that they charge per aircraft. Does it include fuel and
instructor’s fees? Do they explain what every cost is for?
But the most important that you must know about budgeting for a
helicopter pilot licence is that the schools will only quote for on the
hours you will need not the hours that you will fly.

What that means is that you must look for schools whose students complete them
flying within the SACAA required hours and not at those who overrun them
hours significantly.
At the end of the day this could mean you do not have the funds to complete your
training and therefore will you will not receive your Helicopter Pilot Licence.
Work opportunities within training schools and elsewhere?

Some training schools will be offer work for pilots who have completed them
training with them. Just read the fine print first;
if they are only going to employ you as freelance pilot and you will only be paid
when you fly; think about how many other pilots will be employed with you
and how you will have to fight them for flying time.

The same goes for the schools that say the Helicopter Pilots are in huge demand.
That is not completely true; there is a demand for Helicopter Pilots who have a
lot of hours and unfortunately not really jobs for low hour pilots. The only way
to build hours is to instruct and work your way up or buy the hours.
Why train with us?

Ideally, I would like to tell you we are the best, but as stated above I cannot say that.
I can however say the following: We have awesome instructors, a huge mountain,
a beautiful coastline, full air traffic control at a small airport, very very happy
students and dedicated staff to make your flying experience the best!”

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