Light Aircraft Flying, PPL and
Aircraft Rental at the Cape
Flying as a sport has a long tradition in South Africa and comprises a broad variety of options, from light aircraft flying, glider flying, microlight flying and skydiving to paragliding.
Because of the excellent weather conditions and the favourable exchange rate, light aircraft flying in South Africa is particularly attractive for Europeans. A PPL costs at the renowned Good Hope Flying Club (GHFC) in Cape Town just 35.000 Rand, much less than half of the price in Europe. The future pilots receive their training directly at Cape Town International Airport on a Piper Tomahawk or Piper Warrior. Right from the beginning you taxi to the runway together with Boeing 747's and other liners and get the take-off clearance from Cape Town tower.
The club employs 5 highly-experienced full-time flying instructors. Chief Instructor Dietlind Lempp has more than 6,500 flying hours. A Private Pilot License course can be completed in theory and praxis in 4 to 6 weeks. If you plan to fly professionally, can subsequently do the CPL, which costs about 40.000 Rand inclusive of instrument rating. Beforehand, however, one has to gain the experience of 200 flying hours (including 45 PPL hours).
If you are in possession of a licence already, you can have it validated by the club and then charter an aircraft from them. The fees are very reasonable. A 2-seater Piper Tomahawk comes to 350 Rand per hour (wet), a 4-seater Piper Warrior with 160 HP goes for 500 Rand and a Cessna Cutlass with retractable landing gear costs 650 Rand.
Once you have the South African pilot licence, fantastic options for scenic flights are available to you. The view of Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula from above is just breathtakingly beautiful. Popular are also trips to Robben Island and along the West Coast, over the Winelands with a landing on the stunning airfield of Stellenbosch, whale watching flights along the coast of the Indian Ocean or to game lodges, to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in the Kalahari and further up to Namibia. Everywhere you have a scarcely frequented air space at your disposal and fascinating wide landscapes, which you will always remember.
Further information, also on scenic flights for tourists, available at:
Good Hope Flying Club
PO Box 31, Cape Town International Airport 7525
Tel: +27 (0)21 9340257, Fax: +27 (0)21 9346449