Where Dreams Take Flight
The passion and desire for flight evident in the JNC team, was proving that the sky clearly did not belong only to the birds, but to the pilots as well.
Here you will find a team of passionate aviation enthusiasts ready to take you on that adventure you desire. JNC Helicopters is perfectly situated on the beautiful South African coastline at the Virginia Airport, Durban. Due to our versatility and high safety standard we are able to offer an extensive range of options for our passengers. From stunning scenic tours along the coast to inland mountain top picnics to treat that special someone. For business and corporate needs, arrive in style or travel to those hard to reach sites such as in the Transkei to improve your company’s effectiveness. We can accomplish all. If you are looking to not only enjoy the flight but to be the pilot as well, your search ends here with us. JNC Helicopters is a well established and licensed Aviation Training Organisation. Take advantage of our professional facilities and experienced instructors who are dedicated to helping you accomplish your dream. Our team is able to take you from the very beginning right through to qualifying as a commercial pilot to start your aviation career. Also on offer additional ratings that can be studied to help further your career and allow you to pursue different types of flying.
Vital Information: Passengers must be at reception 15min before the flight is to take place.
Weight restrictions may apply. Game drives and lunch not included on two of the opions. Children over the age of 2 years are welcome to fly as long as they occupy their own seat.
The earlier you book the better the chance you will have of securing the date and time of your choice.
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JNC Helicopters is proud to offer our exceptional standard of training to our fellow aviation enthusiasts. Approved by the Civil Aviation Authority, we deliver safe and professional pilots into the aviation world. The training courses are of the highest quality, evident by our long history of training some of South Africa’s most experienced pilots to date.
With a dedicated team of experienced instructors and staff, we are here to provide you with a personal, friendly and exciting training experience. Our well maintained aircraft fleet, beautiful coastline and uncongested training grounds are available to you throughout the year. This makes JNC Helicopters the ideal place to learn to be a pilot.
For the international students we encourage taking advantage of South Africa’s sunny climate, affordable fees and warm friendly culture. We will happily assist you in arranging your accommodation, car hire and ensure that you are looked after whilst you are learning to fly with us.
Whether you wish to be a pilot for private use, or wish to make a career out of flying, we at JNC Helicopters are here for you.
Private Pilots Licence
· Be at least 17 years old to test for the licence
· Hold a valid Student Pilot License
· Hold a Class II medical certificate
· Hold a Restricted Radio License (acquired through us)
· Successfully pass 8 online PPL examinations. 75% pass mark (exam center at JNC)
· Complete an English Language Proficiency Test
· Must have completed a minimum of 50 hours flight time as a Pilot of which 25 hours must be dual, 15 hours Solo and at least 5 hours cross country
What you can do with it
The PPL licence is ideal for the passionate aviator who is looking to enjoy the wonders of flight and escape their earthly bonds. You will be able to fly passengers around but not as a form of income. For those wishing to become a pilot as a career this is the first step towards your commercial licence.
Commercial Pilots Licence
· Be at least 18 years old to test for the licence
· Hold a valid Private Pilot Licence
· Hold a Class I medical certificate
· Hold a General Radio Licence (acquired through us)
· Successfully pass 8 online CPL examinations. 75% pass mark (Completed at the CAA)
· Must have completed a minimum of 200 hours flying time as a Pilot of which 100 hours must be Pilot in Command time and 20 hours of cross country flying.
· Complete a CPL General Flight Test in an aircraft with a Grade I Designated Flight Examiner
What you can do with it
This Commercial Pilots Licence is for those who wish to be a Pilot as a career choice. With this licence completed you are well on your way to achieving your dream. You will be able to earn an income by transporting passengers and by completing additional ratings perform various other types of work. See our ratings section for what else we offer.
As a qualified commercial pilot one has the ability to do certain types of work applicable to your licence. On top of this additional ratings can be acquired which will allow you as the pilot to do even more specialized operations. These specialized ratings can greatly improve your employment opportunities and carry you further into an already exciting career. Below are some of the extra ratings JNC Helicopters has on offer:
· Night Rating – This rating allows you to be able to fly the helicopter at night. Required by some types of operations and your instrument rating
· Instructor Rating – A great rating for a new commercial pilot to do to increase employment opportunities. This rating gives you the ability to teach upcoming aviators.
· Turbine Rating – To fly more advanced and bigger aircraft a turbine conversion on the aircraft is required. JNC Helicopters offers students the option of moving on to these aircraft and receiving their type rating with our training program.
· Game Capture rating – For the pilots looking to operate in the animal sector. This rating is a must before you can begin capturing or culling wild game.
· Agricultural Rating – To specialize in the operations of crop spraying a pilot will require this rating before being able to perform the required tasks.
· Instrument Rating – A rating that is most beneficial for later in a pilot’s career. This rating allows one to fly in foul weather conditions and is often a requirement for advanced machines flown later in one’s career.
Welcome Foreign Students!
We understand you have different needs that require extra attention, especially from us. Our students come from, not only, South Africa but South/North America, Europe, Australasia and many countries across the African continent. So, wherever you are from, we will be here to assist you and make your stay a most enjoyable experience.
The South African Civil Aviation Authority is an ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) member, and flight training conducted in South Africa will count towards your requirements for JAA and FAA countries. South Africa boasts the second oldest air force in the world and is widely respected for the quality of its training and theoretical standards. This, coupled with the excellent flying weather conditions, and the high rate of exchange on the South African Rand (which makes your training costs very competitive) really makes South Africa, Durban, and an ideal choice for your training school.
Due to the location of JNC Helicopters at Virginia Airport, Durban, everything you may require is in close proximity. From the many restaurants in the area offering delicious local and exotic food for all tastes and cultures. To the modern shopping centres such as Gateway or Pavilion which offer an unequalled choice of world class retail and recreational activities. If keeping fit is your thing there are numerous gyms available or stunning beachfront promenades for those early morning runs. Durban also has excellent Hospitals & Medical Centres so medical care will never be too far away.
In your spare time take advantage of our excellent beaches, numerous game reserves or inland excursions and huge variety of sporting activities. The Durban coastline is ideal for surfing, kite boarding, fishing, scuba diving, spear fishing or just simply snorkelling. We are always available to answer your questions and with so much to offer we look forward to hearing from you soon!
For those looking for a taste of flight this is the option for you. Departing Virginia Airport we route along the coast flying over the Sun Coast Casino, Moses Madiba stadium and gorgeous beaches. The turning point at the harbour entrance and next to uShaka Marine world to return to Virginia. Keep a lookout in the waves as dolphins and Manta rays could easily make an appearance.
The 20 minute scenic option offers more time in the air for those looking to enjoy the wonders of flight for longer. Departing Virginia Airport we route along the coast flying over the Sun Coast Casino, Moses Madiba stadium and gorgeous beaches. Turning at the harbour entrance and next to Ushaka Marine world, but we don’t stop there! We continue routing up the coast to the High rise hotels and light house at Umhlanga Rocks. Only now does the aircraft begin its return back to Virginia to end a fantastic flight.
This 30 minute scenic provides more natural coastal scenery between the resorts dotted along the coast up to the small town of Balito. Take advantage of this more natural scene to fully appreciate the amazing water clarity on offer in the Durban area. With whales breaching, sharks and dolphins in the surf zone, it’s no wonder our pilots are always smiling! Recommended for those looking for wildlife and photographic opportunities.
Inanda Cliff Top Picnic
An alternative route to the coastal option is a flight up to the Inanda Cliff area. Along stunning valleys and over the vast Inanda dam before we come up the Inanda Cliff itself. What more could you ask for but a stopover for an incredibly unique cliff top picnic. Treat your special someone for a truly romantic setting and enjoy the view and seclusion only a helicopter ride could offer. Picnic basket included with many delicious treats available for you.
For those who prefer a coastal flight to a game reserve the Rain Farm Lodge is the alternative option. Set on the northern coast of Durban passengers can enjoy the golden beaches as we route to the lodge. With game drives and lunches available overlooking beautiful valleys and dams, the Rain Farm lodge provides a perfect setting for anniversaries and engagements.
Another great option for the nature lovers is an inland scenic flight to the Tala Game Reserve. Routing ups the Umgeni River and out towards the rolling valleys will see us to the Reserve. Here you will be able to enjoy a lovely game drive where you may spot some of the many wonders South Africa has to offer such as rhino, giraffe or those elusive and rare bucks. A lunch can also be enjoyed at the reserve before the helicopter takes you back to Virginia after a most adventurous day.
Due to the design and nature of helicopters they provide a versatile platform capable of accomplishing many tasks. This nature coupled with our experienced pilots and staff enables us to provide your company with the service you desire. By tailoring it to your needs we can take your company to an effective and efficient platform only achievable with the use of a helicopter.
Some of the specialized services we currently provide:
JNC Helicopters is involved in a number of on-going still and video camera film work projects. From the coastline, city and harbour areas for tourism, construction and development, too many sporting events, including mountain biking, running, canoeing, motorcycle touring, swimming and fishing, JNC Helicopters has many years of active experience.
Aerial helicopter spraying is often the safest, fastest and most effective way of spraying, particularly if the terrain is not level. The helicopter most suited to aerial spraying is the Robinson R22 or Robinson R44. They are fast, manoeuvrable and can access areas which are normally difficult for other aerial applicators to access. The down-wash of the rotor blades also help with better and more accurate penetration of the chemicals.
Should you require any crop spraying services or information contact our crop spraying division Ross Air.
In the past the search for stolen vehicles was accomplished on the ground. With the introduction of the helicopter into the vehicle tracking world the success rate of stolen vehicles being found increased dramatically. By having an aerial view of the area, vehicles are more easily identified and ground response teams directed more effectively producing better results. Vehicle tracking is a 24 hour operation to ensure a high success rate with which JNC Helicopters has played an integral part for many years.
The ability of a helicopter to carry a load suspended underneath has provided a viable option of transporting heavy and large loads to difficult to reach places.
With this ability, moving multiple loads between points became more efficient and cost effective due to the faster turn around and loading times. JNC Helicopters can provide a lifting/undersling service ranging from moving fuel drums to offshore hauls, construction site tasks in different terrains, power line inspections and more.
We are fortunate to be able to enjoy the wonders of flight but some do not have this privilege. JNC Helicopters is proud of its work that it does with Reach for a Dream; East coast radios “Big favour” and other charity organisations to share our passion with those less fortunate. We will continue to do so as we believe flying should be something everyone is able to experience.