Take To The Skies!
We want to invite you to come and feel the exhilarating experience of flying an aircraft.
Welcome to Johannesburg School of Flying. Johannesburg School of Flying is one of the oldest flight training academies in South Africa, situated at Rand Airport, Johannesburg. We have been training World Class pilots since 1981 from all around the globe with over 3,000 graduates to date. Whether you wish to fly for pleasure or pursue a career in aviation we will commit ourselves to ensure you reach your full potential while realizing a lifelong dream of unlimited opportunities. Many of our graduates are highly respected Captains in both the private and public aviation sector and stand as proof of our exceptional standard of aviation training. With an excellent safety record and top efficiency in service delivery, it is our mission to provide quality pilot training while also maintaining a highly professional and personal affiliation with our students which are all trained on a one-on-one basis. Our academy is approved by the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA No/0030) which is ICAO compliant. Training courses offered are (Fixed Wing) Private Pilot License, Night rating, Commercial Pilot License, ATPL, Instrument Rating, Instructor Rating, Simulator training, Ground School Lectures, Radio Telephony courses, Aviation English Language Proficiency Tests, Foreign License Validations, Hire & Fly, Conversions and Renewals. Our Fleet consists of Cessnas C152, C172, C172RG as well as Pipers PA28 which are among the most popular and ideal aircraft for pilot training worldwide. JSF has a multitude of diverse students from all over the globe, many of which come from the UK, France, Italy, Greece, Germany, Egypt, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, China, Zambia, the D.R. Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Ghana, UAE, Iran, Pakistan, to mention a few and of course South Africa. Facilities at the academy include a fully equipped lecture theatre, flight briefing rooms, free computer based training available in the student study lounge, a kitchen lounge, a recreational area, private parking and 2 hangers for our fleet. Our dedicated full-time Flight Instructors and staff will provide step by step support and guidance to instill a high standard of professionalism and discipline.
This depends on the course that you choose.
Participants must be 16 - 21 years and older to be able to register and take part in our courses. Please inquire with us or visit our website for further requirements for each course before you make your booking.
Long pants and closed shoes are recommended.
All bookings for any course are to be made in advance.
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Why train at Rand Airport?
Rand airport is in close proximity to the General Flying Area and other major airports giving the student more flying time per lesson and as a result, training is done more efficiently. It has four different runway directions to accommodate any wind conditions and access to navigational facilities. It is a manned airport with air traffic control in a controlled airspace allowing for radio and other procedures being practiced properly. In addition, it is less congested with no time delays, unlike other busy airports. Great weather conditions all year round in a friendly atmosphere and clear spectator viewing for family and friends from the Airport restaurant Cafe.
How do I get started?
Contact the academy and make a booking for an Introductory Flight.
An Intro-flight is usually half an hour where the instructor will explain the basics of flying and let you take control of the aircraft in order to experience firsthand what light aircraft flying is all about. This half-hour flight can be added in your personal Pilot’s logbook should you decide to go ahead with your PPL training.
If you have done partial PPL or CPL training we will do an individual evaluation and set up a training plan on what is required to complete your License. If you already have a PPL or a CPL, we can look at what flying has already been done and advise you on your next step of training.
A Private Pilot License is generally seen as a learner’s license in order to obtain a Commercial License. However, the PPL is also seen as a License for people who want to pursue aviation as a hobby. This qualification allows you to be pilot in command in an aircraft and carry passengers during daytime and in clear weather conditions. A PPL does not allow you to receive remuneration for your flying activities and is purely for pleasure private use.
Requirements for Student and Private Pilot License
Ab-initio – Student Pilot License (SPL)
i. You must be 16 years of age; however, training may commence before this age.
(Our youngest students at the moment are 14)
ii. A medical examination (Class I or II) must be done by a qualified aviation medical doctor.
iii. You must pass a technical examination of the aircraft chosen to train on, and a student pilot exam.
iv. 2 passport size photos will be required.
v. Pay the fee to issue the SPL. The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SA CAA) will allocate a License number which will enable you to fly an aircraft solo (on your own) while still under the supervision of your Instructor. Students who prove to be proficient enough after a minimum of 10 hrs dual flying will be sent for the first time Solo. This is a truly memorable experience, which signifies your official entry into the prestigious group of Aviators.
Private Pilot License (PPL)
i. You must hold a valid Student Pilot License.
ii. You will need to accumulate a minimum of 45 hrs of flight training, of which: minimum 25 hrs Dual flight instruction, minimum 15 hrs Solo (this must include at least 5 hrs solo cross-country flying)
5 hrs dual instruction can be done on an approved flight simulator FNPTII.
iii. Successfully pass 8 online PPL examinations (pass mark 75%).
iv. Complete an English Language Proficiency Test (if required).
v. Pass a Restricted Radio License course.
vi. You must be minimum 17 years of age in order to take your 2 practical flight tests. The first being a General Flight Test (GFT) which will focus on your ability to handle the aircraft in any situation. The second test is a cross-country Navigation Test which will focus on your ability to navigate safely with the examiner on a planned triangular route within a controlled airspace and perform “away” landings at other airfields.
vii. Once you have accumulated the required flying hours in your logbook and passed all examinations and tests, all your training documentation will be checked and sent to the CAA. A fee must be paid for issuing the PPL and finally have your SPL upgraded to a PPL.
This qualification has the same privileges as a PPL with the added ability to fly during night times in reduced visibility. You will learn to utilize and rely on the instruments in the aircraft without being restricted when planning and executing a flight.
Requirements for Night Rating (NR)
i. You must hold a valid Private Pilot License.
ii. You will need to complete 10 hrs Dual Instrument Flying. At least 5 take-offs and landings must be
done by night and a night cross-country flight of at least 150nm with 2 full stop landings at 2
separate airfields away from base must be done.
iii. Successfully pass an online examination.
iv. Pass a practical night/IF flight test with a Grade II Instructor.
v. Once all requirements are met, all documentation is sent to the CAA and a fee must be paid in order
to include the night rating in your PPL License.
This advanced qualification can be added either on a Private Pilot License or Commercial Pilot License,
and will enable you to fly in challenging weather conditions by solely relying on the flight instruments.
Requirements for Instrument Rating (IR)
i. You must hold a valid Private or Commercial Pilot License.
ii. Hold a Class I medical certificate.
iii. Have a valid Night Rating on your License. The 10 hours done during your Night Rating will be counted towards your Instrument Rating training.
iv. Pass a General Radio License exam.
v. Successfully pass the online Instrument Rating examination (pass mark 75%).
vi. Complete 40 dual hours of Instrument flying time, of which 20 hours can be done on an approved simulator
vii. Pass a practical flight test with a Grade I Designated Flight Examiner.
viii. Have flown 50 hours cross country time as Pilot-in-Command (PIC).
ix. Once all requirements are met, all documentation is sent to the CAA and a fee must be paid in order to include the instrument rating in your License.
Commercial Pilot License:
A Commercial Pilot License is required when pursuing a professional career in aviation. This
qualification allows you to receive remuneration for your flying activities and be pilot in
command (on aircraft certified for single-pilot operations) or co-pilot (on large commercial
aircrafts certified for multi-crew operations once type specific training is completed).
Requirements for Commercial Pilot License (Incl. IR)
i. You must be 18 years of age.
ii. Hold a Class I medical certificate.
iii. Hold a valid PPL and Night Rating.
iv Pass a General Radio License exam.
v. You will need to accumulate a minimum of 200 hrs of flying, of which: 40 hrs must be instrument
flight training. 20 hrs may be done on an approved flight simulator (10 hrs already done
through PPL and Night Rating courses). A minimum of 100 hrs as pilot in command (PIC)
is also required, of which at least 50 hrs must be cross-country flight time. The CPL course has
an integrated Instrument Rating course which enables a pilot to fly by instrument referral only
and can either be done on a Single Engine aircraft with variable pitch and retractable gear or on
a Multi-engine aircraft with variable pitch and retractable gear.
vi. Successfully pass 8 online CPL examinations at CAA (pass mark 75%).
vii. Complete a CPL General Flight Test in an Advanced Type aircraft with a Grade I Designated
Flight Examiner. The instrument flight test is usually combined with the CPL flight test in one flight
viii. Once you have accumulated all required flying hours in your logbook, completed your instrument
rating and passed all examinations and tests, all your training documentation will be checked
and sent to the CAA. A fee must be paid for issuing your CPL License and finally have
your PPL upgraded to a CPL.
Graduates that have just completed their CPL will normally choose to do an Instructors Rating in
order to gain experience. This rating will allow you to work as a flight Instructor and build hours
simultaneously. This involves undergoing individual skills testing, evaluation, and preparation
Requirements for Instructor Rating
i. You must hold a valid Commercial or Airline Transport Pilot License.
ii. Complete 20 hours of Flight Instructor Patter (Learning to teach on the right side of the cockpit while
providing feedback to the student).
iii. Pass 2 theoretical online examinations.
iv. Do at least 80 hours of Flight Instruction Briefings and preparation, and compile your own personal
v. You will then be recommended to do a combined theoretical and practical flight test with a
Designated Flight Examiner.
vi. Once all requirements are met, all documentation is sent to the CAA and a fee must be paid in order
to include the instructor rating in your License.
Professional Pilots seeking to advance in their career will do a Multi-Engine Rating which will allow
you to operate aircrafts with more than one engine. This rating will give you a
competitive advantage when applying for a job at Airline and Charter companies.
Requirements for Multi-Engine Rating
i. Complete a minimum of 6 hours flying with a multi-engine aircraft.
ii. Complete various module lessons.
iii. Pass a practical flight test with a Designated Flight Examiner.
iv. Once all requirements are met, all documentation is sent to the CAA and a fee must be paid in
order to include the new class rating in your License.
Airline Transport Pilot License
In order to operate as pilot in command on large commercial multi-crew aircrafts an Airline
Transport Pilot License (ATPL) must be completed. This is the highest obtainable License in the
aviation industry which enables you to become an Airline Captain.
Requirements for ATPL
i. You must be 21 years of age.
ii. Successfully pass 6 online ATPL examinations at CAA.
iii. You will need to accumulate a minimum of 1500 hrs of flying, out of which 250 must be as pilot
in command (PIC), out of which 100 hrs must be night flight time. A minimum of 75
hrs Instrument flying is also required.
This will need a considerable amount of time to acquire and is normally gained during your
course of employment as a CPL pilot.
iv. You must complete a practical flight test on a multi-engine aircraft or a jet aircraft with a
Grade I Designated Flight Examiner.
You may, however, write the ATPL examinations before you have 1500 hours and qualify for
a “Frozen ATPL” until you meet the hour requirements. A Frozen ATPL is a CPL with the
ATPL theory subjects passed.