King Shaka Aviation’s helicopter and aeroplane training academy provides safety orientated quality training for a Private Pilots Licence (PPL), Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) and advanced training on a range of piston and turbine helicopters and aeroplanes, ensuring you are well equipped for the challenges ahead.
Our coastal location at Virginia Airport, Durban ensures students are able to take advantage of the great weather, largely uncongested airspace and friendly local vibe. King Shaka Aviation flight school is equipped with a fleet of well-maintained aircraft as well as experienced, friendly instructors and examiners. King Shaka Aviation’s flight academy is well positioned as a leader in helicopter and aeroplane flight training.
Perhaps more importantly, the pilot training academy is part of a thriving charter operation where students are encouraged to interact with operational crews in order to gain valuable insights into the industry as well as share experiences.
Based at Virginia Airport, Durban
If you’re interested in flying a helicopter or aeroplane for pleasure and taking passengers along for no financial reward, you will need to obtain at least a Private Pilots Licence.
The requirements for a PPL are as follows:
Before each new flying exercise, you will be briefed in the classroom by your instructor on the associated theoretical and practical aspects of the exercise. After signing out in the flight books you will take to the air to practice the exercise either along the coastline or inland overhead the Inanda Dam area.
If you are interested in a career as a Helicopter or Aeroplane Pilot and wish to fly for financial reward, you will need to obtain your Commercial Pilot Licence. A Private Pilots licence is the first licence required before you may proceed to complete your Commercial Pilots licence.
(Note: the hours flown to obtain your PPL will count towards the 200 hrs needed for a CPL)
The requirements for a CPL are as follows:
To get to the 200 hours required once the Private Pilots Licence is complete, students may hire and fly the helicopter or aeroplane to take friends and family for scenic flights or longer trips to various destinations. Most students also incorporate additional courses and ratings on different helicopters or aeroplanes into the required 200 hours to put themselves in a stronger position for future employment.
For those who have yet to experience the exhilaration of helicopter or aeroplane flight, we offer a special introductory flying lesson.
This lesson incorporates a 30 minute preflight briefing to explain the basic aerodynamics and workings of a helicopter or aeroplane including the control inputs required to fly it. Once airborne, your instructor will demonstrate the effects of individual controls before inviting you to take each of them yourself. You will be shown level, climbing, descending and turning flight as well as how to approach the runway to land.
This is the initial stage of learning to fly and the flight time may then be logged towards the hours needed for getting your licence.
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