Come and Fly the Sunny Skies!
Flight School, Training for Pilots License with modern Light Sport Aircraft.
Cato Ridge Aviation Centre offers flying lessons in great, all-year-round, weather conditions. Costs depend on which aircraft you choose for training, and how often you fly. Costs vary from R850 to R1100 per hour. There are no landing and approach fees at Emoyeni airfield. The ideal weather conditions and friendly instructors will make the experience one to remember and we look forward to welcoming you to our sunny skies. Our facilities include Flying school office, private lecture room, examination room. A lounge to relax in after a ‘hard’ day’s flying! Swimming pool – a great place to cool off after lectures, and the bar – a great place to cool off after anything. Also used for hanger talk with other pilots and instructors. We like to explore other airfields around South Africa, and we invite trainees to join one of our “Flyaway” trips for coffee and/or breakfast. Hitch a ride with one of the qualified pilots on a flying visit to the Drakensberg, North Coast, South Coast while you are still training and get “air experience” (it all helps!). Emoyeni Aviation Park offers accommodation in double-bed chalets if you decide to stay over. For our overseas visitors, we can make recommendations for other places of interest to visit, such as game parks or suggest a schedule that will allow you to attend interesting events (such as international surfing competitions on the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal)
The minimum for flight training is 35 hours.
All participants need a minimum of a class 4 medical to start.
Come dressed comfortably in closed shoes and bring a jacket.
Spectators are welcome but might be upset that they are missing out on the fun.
Please book all flights in advance so we can make sure an instructor is available.
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What you need to start:
• Enthusiasm!! Just about anyone can learn to fly – our instructors have a passion for flying and you will get “hooked” too.
• A minimum of a Class 4 Medical – we will point you to our aviation doctor, Dr. Rob Rathgeber
Once you have registered with us;
• A pre-flight briefing before every flight (about the flight exercises you are about to undertake)
• A de-briefing (after flying the exercise) to review and discuss your performance
• At certain stages during the training, you will write theory examinations before continuing onto the next lessons.
• A “Restricted Radio Licence” course, comprising a written test and an oral test (as if you are talking on the radio to Air Traffic Control).
The radio course is very interesting and covers not only what to say on the aircraft radio, but also how to fill in a flight plan and airspace, for when you go farther afield. The pass mark is 75% (as with all exams in aviation). Most students dread talking on the radio and freeze when they press the transmit button! Remember – we have all been there! That is why we pay a visit to the local control tower. When you speak to the Air Traffic Controllers (ATC), you’ll find out that they are not ogres, but very friendly guys, there to help us when we get lost. (Here is your first lesson – for FREE! We do not ‘get lost’ – we tell the ATC that we are “temporarily unsure of our position”!!
Exams and Subjects
• As you progress in your training, you will write 6 theory exams. You can self-study or alternatively, study with our Ground Instructors on a “one-on-one” basis, or in group lessons.
• Theory subjects are:
o Principles of Flight – why the aircraft stays up in the air
o Aviation Law – what you can, and can’t do, while you are up there
o Navigation – to prevent you from being “temporarily unsure of your position”
o Meteorology – to learn about the weather and when not to fly in it!
o Engines & Airframes – to learn a little about how the 100 horses up front and the wings keeping you flying
o Human Performance – used to be called medicine. And no, it won’t make you a doctor.
Two Aeroprakt-A22 Foxbats. Metal/cloth, high wing, dual yoke, or center stick aircraft.
Trevor Holroyd – CFI – Flying Instructor (Grade B)
Born in the United Kingdom, Trevor learned to fly at Virginia Airport in Durban in 1978.
He holds a Commercial Pilots Licence and has flown all over Southern Africa as a charter pilot. Rated on approximately 35 aircraft, Trevor has a total of over 3800 flying hours.
D.B. Warren – Flying Instructor (Grade C)
Also known as DB, DB learned to fly ………..and has a total of over ……….flying hours.
Brian Eaton – Flying Instructor (Grade B)
Started flying in 1988, time on weight shift 1000 hours – 600 hours on LSA. Brian has a total time of 1600 hours
Pub – Our well-stocked pub where you can cool off after a training session for “Hanger talk” with all the “experts”
Conference Centre – Conference center for larger “Hanger Talk”
Accommodation – Stay overnight for your early flights. Accommodation on site for International Students.
Restaurant – Cosy dining with great service.
Pool – Beware the “experts” initiation here in the pool after going “solo”.
Your queries; asked and answered
Q: How long will it take to get my National Pilots Licence?
A: This depends on you – but the minimum is 35 hours. This is made up of 20 hours dual instruction and 15 hours solo. This time varies, depending on how often you fly (at least once a week is good), but as we get older (and hopefully wiser) a little longer. Remember – it’s not a race – you are at Emoyeni to enjoy your training.
Q: What if I want to further my flying career?
A: 25 hours of your National Pilots Licence will contribute towards your Private Pilots Licence, and then your Commercial Licence. The sky’s the limit!
Q: What is the cost?
A: Depending on which aircraft you choose; the price, with an instructor, will vary from R750 to R1100 per hour. Note: there are no landing and approach fees at Emoyeni Airfield.
Q: When I have my license, can I hire and fly, and what is the cost?
A: Again, depending on the aircraft, the cost will be from R750 per hour.