Cape Town Flying Club

Catering for General Aviation enthusiasts to Professional Pilots!



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Cape Town Flying Club is based at the Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is one of the most picturesque cities in the world with a Mediterranean style climate, making it the perfect place to enjoy flying.

Cape Town Flying Club is a SACAA Approved Training Organisation and PPL & Instructor Examination Centre. The club offers Aircraft Hire and all forms of pilot training including:
• Private Pilot Licences
• Commercial Pilot Licenses
• Night Ratings
• Instrument Ratings
• Instructor Ratings
• Multi-Engine Ratings
• Foreign License Validations

Cape Town Flying Club offers a wide variety of memberships catering for General Aviation enthusiasts to Professional Pilots.

Cape Town Flying Club’s Mission Statement
• Make aviation accessible, affordable and fun to all.
• Achieve the highest standard of flying.
• Conduct General Aviation in a safety conscious environment.
• Ensure good airmanship through continuous learning.

Do you want to experience the magic of flight?
Ever wondered what it is like to pilot an aircraft?

At Cape Town Flying Club we offer Introductory Flights allowing you to get a taste of what it’s like to get behind the controls of a light aircraft. You will experience what it is like to fly from an International Airport while following instructions from Air Traffic control and looking out for Commercial Airliners… all while manipulating the controls under the watchful eye of your Flight Instructor. Private Pilot License (PPL)
The minimum time required by law to obtain your PPL is 45 flying hours. You will be required to pass exams on 8 subjects during the course of your training. These subjects are:
• Principles of Flight,
• Airlaw,
• Engines and Airframes,
• Human Performance,
• Restricted Radio License Theory
• Flight Planning and
• Navigation.

At the end of your training, you will be required to complete a final PPL test, which will include an oral exam and flight test encompassing both flying and navigation skills.
Once all the above requirements have been satisfactorily completed, you will be awarded a PPL license. This will allow you to fly the aircraft you are rated on by day and in VMC (Visual Meteorological Conditions). As the holder of a PPL, you may not fly for reward, although you may carry friends as passengers if they wish.

The Private Pilot License is valid only on aircraft registered in South Africa (ZS or ZU registered aircraft). You may only fly types of aircraft on which you are rated on and have flown before. This means that if you were trained on a Cessna 172, you will need to do differences training before you may fly, for example, a Piper Cherokee.

At Cape Town Flying Club, we are happy to perform differences training for PPL holders to a wide variety of aircraft. The time taken to complete the differences training depends on the degree of difficulty involved. It comprises a theoretical examination confirming that you are familiar with the technical aspects of the new aircraft, and then between one and ten hours of flying with an instructor in order to first obtain, and then demonstrate competence.

Night Rating
A Night Rating is an excellent first stepping stone for you as a PPL holder intent on improving your qualifications. It will enable you to fly at night in VMC (Visual Meteorological Conditions) and serves as an introduction to the basics of Instrument flight.

In order to obtain a night rating, you will be required to pass one theoretical examination and a practical flight test. The training syllabus includes the following:
• 5 hours of theoretical knowledge instruction
• 10 hours of instrument instruction, of which not more than 5 hours may be accumulated in an approved Flight Simulation Training Device
• not less than 5 take-offs and five landings by night as pilot manipulating the controls of the aircraft whilst under dual instruction
• a dual cross-country flight by night consisting of at least a total distance of not less than 150 NM in the course of which full-stop landings at two different aerodromes away from the base are made.

Instrument Rating
The Instrument Rating will provide you with the skills to fly in IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions). Limitations still apply, often but not always dependant on the limitations of the aircraft.
An instrument rating is a good idea not only from the point of view of continuing one’s aviation education, but from the very sound reasoning that the unexpected does happen, and preparedness is the best defense. Even if you have no intention of flying long distances or desire to fly in overcast conditions, an Instrument Rating will improve your flying accuracy and open up a wider range of navigation options.

In order to commence training towards an Instrument Rating, you need to hold at least a Private Pilot License and a Night Rating with a General Radio License.

You will be required to pass the Instrument Rating Theoretical examination and complete the 6 phases of the Instrument Rating training syllabus:
• basic ground training;
• instrument flying skills;
• instrument flying procedures;
• ground training towards operating procedures under IFR;
• line oriented flight training (LOFT), line operational simulation (LOS), and line operational evaluation (LOE);
• route familiarisation in aircraft.

You will be required to complete a minimum of 40 hours instrument flight training of which a maximum of either 20 hours or 30 hours may be in a Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD) approved for the purpose.

Commercial Pilot License
The Commercial Pilot’s License (CPL) may be regarded as the first step in turning a hobby into a potential career. A Commercial Pilot’s License entitles you to fly for reward when operating under a company who holds an Air Service License.

In order to obtain a CPL, you will need to hold a PPL and a Night Rating.

The minimum time required by law to obtain your CPL is 200 hours. You will be required to pass theoretical exams on the following subjects:
• Aircraft Technical and General,
• Air Law,
• Flight Performance and Planning,
• General Navigation,
• Human Performance and Limitations,
• Instruments and Electronics,
• Meteorology,
• Radio Aids and Communication,
• Operational Procedures (if an Instrument Rating is sought)

Instructor Rating
An Instructor Rating must be obtained by any pilot with a CPL who wishes to give flying instruction. Several of the instructors at Cape Town Flying Club were trained at the club, and have remained with or returned to the club to share their knowledge with a new generation of aviators. Instruction is hard work, but it can be extremely rewarding. It requires not only a good ability to communicate and a high degree of patience, but, as many of our instructors will testify, the ability to sit back and let the student get on with it.

Instructor Ratings are divided into different grades with Grade 3 being the entry level, Grade 2 being the intermediate level and Grade 1 being the advanced level.
In order to obtain a Grade 3 Instructor Rating, you will need to hold a CPL, complete a theoretical training course and complete a minimum of 20 hours of flight instructor patter. You will need to pass a theoretical exam on the following subjects:
• Airlaw,
• Applied Meteorology,
• Applied Navigation,
• Principles of Flight and Flight Instruction

The history of Cape Town Flying Club

Cape Town flying Club’s origins date back to the pre-World War II era. The club’s base of operations was at the Youngsfield Military Base in the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.

Then known as the Cape Aero Club it moved to DF Malan Airport (Cape Town International Airport) in the 1970’s. In the mid-1970’s the club split into two separate flying clubs, Good Hope Flying and Cape Aero Club. Both clubs continued to operate from DF Malan airport. Good Hope Flying Club then operated closely with the University of Cape Town’s Flying Club from the same base at the airport. Cape Aero Club moved to the current clubhouse of Cape Town Flying Club in the early 1980’s. The clubhouse was officially opened by Sir Douglas Bader on 12 November 1980.

As economic times became tougher the Committees of Cape Aero Club and Good Hope Flying decided to pursue an amalgamation of the two organizations. This amalgamation was successfully completed on the 1st of July 2006 and thus the Cape Town Flying Club was born.

Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader
Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader, CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar, FRAeS, DL was a Royal Air Force flying ace during the Second World War. He was credited with 22 aerial victories, four shared victories, six probable, one shared probable and 11 enemy aircraft damaged.

Bader joined the RAF in 1928 and was commissioned in 1930. In December 1931, while attempting some aerobatics, he crashed and lost both his legs. Having been on the brink of death, he recovered, retook flight training, passed his check flights and then requested reactivation as a pilot. Although there were no regulations applicable to his situation, he was retired against his will on medical grounds. After the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, however, Douglas Bader returned to the RAF and was accepted as a pilot. He scored his first victories over Dunkirk during the Battle of France in 1940. He then took part in the Battle of Britain and became a friend and supporter of Air Vice Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory and his “Big Wing” experiments.

In August 1941, Bader bailed out over German-occupied France and was captured. Soon afterward, he met and was befriended by Adolf Galland, a prominent German fighter ace. Despite his disability, Bader made a number of escape attempts and was eventually sent to the prisoner of war camp at Colditz Castle. He remained there until April 1945 when the camp was liberated by the First United States Army.

Bader left the RAF permanently in February 1946 and resumed his career in the oil industry. During the 1950s, a book and a film, Reach for the Sky, chronicled his life and RAF career to the end of the Second World War. Bader campaigned for the disabled and in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 1976 was appointed a Knight Bachelor “for services to disabled people” and continued to fly until ill health forced him to stop in 1979. Three years later, at the age of 72, Bader died on 5 September 1982, after a heart attack.

The Club premises were officially opened by Sir Douglas Bader on 12 November 1980.

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