Learn to fly at our scenic coastal base (in Margate on the South Coast of KZN) providing excellent training facilities and flying opportunities.

Courses currently being run at the flying school include the following:

Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL)

The Private Pilot’s Licence allows the licence holder to fly single engine aircraft of less than 2000kg in visual conditions whilst carrying passengers within SA airspace.  A Class 2 medical is required from a suitable GP for licence issue.

In order to fly light airplanes it is necessary to obtain a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). This entails undergoing a course of flying training, passing a series of on-line exams and passing a flying skills test.

A PPL requires a minimum of 45 hours flying training and allows the licence holder to fly in almost any country in the world after a validation.

ZERO FOUR Flight School Instrument Rating A training program can be selected to suit your specific requirements. Although it is possible for an exceptional student to complete the course in the minimum hours quoted, most people have to fit their training around a busy lifestyle. There will be times when the pressure of work or bad weather cause gaps in training and the subsequent lesson becomes revision rather than advancement. Consequently most students will exceed the minimum hours required for licence issue.

It is possible to add the following to this licence:

  • Night Rating
  • Commercial Licence Ground School
  • Commercial Licence Test Preparation
  • Instructor’s Rating
  • Multi-engine Rating
  • Instrument Rating
  • Various type conversions
  • Foreign licence validations
  • All licence renewals
  • Radio licence course

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Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL)

In order to obtain a CPL, you will need to fly an advanced aircraft with retractable gear and a variable pitch propeller.
Your final CPL / Instrument Rating test will also be done on this type of aircraft.

A CPL requires a minimum of 200 hours flying time

Firstly before embarking on a Commercial Pilots Licence, it is important to pass the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and hold a valid PPL
  • Be able to read, write, and converse fluently in English
  • Hold a current Class 1 medical certificate
The Objective of the Commercial Pilots License Flight training course:
Prepare for the Commercial Pilot knowledge test, and to prepare for the oral and flight portion of the CAA practical test.
Brief overview of the Syllabus for the Commercial Pilot Ground School:
• Airplane instruments, Engines and systems. • Airports and air traffic control and Airspace. • SA Aviation Regulations. • Airplane performance and weight and balance. • Aero medical factors and aeronautical decision making. • Aviation weather. • Aviation weather services. • Navigation systems. • Cross-country flight planning. • Flight Maneuvers. • High altitude operations.
A brief overview of your flight training syllabus:
• Traffic pattern Operations. • Slow Flight/Stalls/Emergency • Intro to Complex Airplanes. • Performance Maneuvers. • Instrument Flying Procedures. • Night Flight • Simulator Flying Hours • Hour Building • VOR NDB ILS Navigation • Practical Test Prep

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Night Rating

A Night Rating allows the pilot to operate an Aircraft at night and is an excellent way of building hours in a meaningful way

The Private Pilots Licence syllabus does not include any requirement for night training for the issue of the licence. However, should the private pilot wish to fly as PIC at night with or without passengers then the night rating must be obtained.

Pre Entry Requirements:
Night is defined as '15 minutes after sunset until 15 minutes before sunrise'. To be able to commence training for the night rating, the applicant must be able to produce evidence of having completed a total of 50 hours as Pilot of aeroplanes and have at least 20 hours as Pilot-in-Command of which 10 hours must have been gained since making an application for the issue of a PPL(A)
Training Required:
The night rating requirements are that a person must complete 10 hours of basic Instrument instruction, 5 of which can be in a Registered Instrument Trainer. After this the Night rating test and the Night cross country is completed.
This shall consist of:
• At least 3 hours dual instruction including at least one hour of night navigation, • 5 Take offs and landings as PIC, and in at least one instance take off and landing should be separate by a complete departure from, and rejoining of, the aerodrome traffic pattern

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Instrument Rating

An Instrument Rating allows the pilot to operate the aircraft soley by means of using the instruments, as opposed to "visually" flying the aircraft.

ZERO FOUR Flight School Instrument Rating An instrument rating is the final weapon in any pilot's armoury of skills required to enable flight in all airspace all over the world. It does not come easily, but once you have earned the rating you will be a valuable commodity for any airline.

ZERO FOUR Flight School can provide the necessary training for both multi and single engine IR's, and with our in house IRE renewals and revalidations are quickly arranged.

What is involved?
An approved course of flying is required, a minimum of 55 hours for a multi IR (50 for single). The course will comprehensively teach you the necessary skills to handle a single pilot operation in controlled airspace under Instrument Flying Rules. General handling skills on instruments, emergency procedures, procedural let-downs, and holds along with airways route flying will provide you with a variety of topics to master.
Are there any exams?
Yes, these are of the 'multi-choice' type. 04 Flight school offers a series of "mock exams" to prepare the student for the CAA on-line exams. A flying test will mark the end of the flying course, and issue of the rating you will have worked very hard for.

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Instructor Rating

An Instructors rating allows the holder of the rating to give Flight Instruction to student pilots. It is an excellent way to build hours, but should not be taken lightly, or undertaken simply as a “means to an end”. Every good pilot is not necessarily a good teacher/instructor. In short, don’t do it just to build up hours – you should only become an instructor if teaching is your passion.

The question often asked is: What do I do once I have completed my Commercial Pilot Licence? Who is going to employ me? This is never an easy answer. Flying is like any other work activity; in the sense that the better qualified you are the better your chances of finding work. An instructor's rating will give you the edge over a pilot who does not have the rating, providing you with one more avenue that you can use to gain hours and experience. It also adds experience and value to your CV and career in aviation.

The instructor's rating consists of two basic elements:

  • Theory and examinations
  • Practical flying

ZERO FOUR Flight School Instrument Rating You need to complete 20 hours of ground preparation in which you cover all the ground lectures. You will prepare and present these lessons until they are of a satisfactory standard. Once you have completed this phase you will complete the SACAA exams. The second phase of the training will be to complete 20 hours of flight training and the flight test. Once you have completed the above you will be a qualified Gr III flight instructor.

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