HOW EARLY CAN ONE START FLYING?
When beginning your PPL training, bear in mind that you can only be sent on your initial solo on reaching the age of 16. If you begin your training before you are 16 you will be ready to go solo long before your 17th birthday. The problem here is that it becomes costly to maintain your flying skills while waiting until you are 17. In these circumstances you have to fly far more hours than required.
IS IT A GOOD IDEA TO START MY LICENCE WHILE STILL IN SCHOOL?
Definitely. In the aviation industry one needs to take every opportunity possible. If you are thinking of making a career in aviation, you need to aim at qualifying as a Commercial Pilot as early as possible. If you can finish your PPL and Night Rating whilst still at school, you will be ready to qualify for your Commercial License in the first year after you matriculate. This means you could be a Commercial Pilot and possibly an instructor at the age of 18 or 19, an obvious advantage.
IF I START MY PPL WHILST STILL ATTENDING SCHOOL, HOW FREQUENTLY SHOULD I FLY?
Taking one training flight a week is ideal. However, Keep in mind that the more regularly one flies, the quicker the learning process.
WILL I MISS OUT ON LECTURES AND GROUND SCHOOL IF I AM A SCHOLAR?
Not at all. The PPL ground school is mainly conducted after school from 2pm to 4pm. The subjects consist of :
- Principles of Flight
- Engines and Airframes
- Air Law
- Radio Telephony
- Human Factors
- Aircraft Instruments
- Flight Planning
All other PPL training lectures are given as a one-on-one between student and instructor.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO COMPLETE MY PPL IF I DO IT PART-TIME?
Ground school lasts about two terms. Once you have completed the ground phase you can commence with the flying phase. At WFTC we structure it in such a manner that you benefit to the maximum extent. This maximizes the experience you gain in this time, rather than just flying on an ad-hoc basis and in effect achieving very little.
HOW MANY HOURS DO I NEED FOR A PRIVATE PILOT LICENCE
By law, a minimum of 45 hours is required. This consists of 25 hours dual instruction and 15 hours solo flight, with further 5 hours simulator instrument training. This, though, is the legal minimum. Additional hours may be needed to complete the syllabus depending on the student’s aptitude and progress.
CAN I BUDGET FOR FLIGHT TRAINING ON A MONTH TO MONTH BASIS?
Yes, you can. Packages will be tailor-made to suit the individual's needs. This depends on how often you want to fly and how much you can afford. You can meet the Chief Flying Instructor to discuss your needs with regard to working out an individual package.
WHEN CAN I START TRAINING?
Training is done on a one-to –one basis, thus you can start your training any time during the year when you are ready.
IF I DO MY INSTRUCTOR RATING, HOW MUCH WILL I BE ABLE TO EARN?
As an instructor you will earn between R6500 and R12000 per month right after you have completed school. You can earn more, depending on how hard you are willing to work.
IS THE NAMIBIAN PPL ACCEPTED INTERNATIONALLY?
Yes, in most countries. However, the medical examination, Air Law examinations and the PPL flight test must be re-done in that country. The requirements are similar to those applicable to an overseas pilot wishing to fly in our country.
CAN THE COURSE BE COMPLETED SUCESSFULLY?
It is possible to complete the course in the planned 45 hours. However, the secret is to fly regularly and to read up as much as you can about learning to fly prior to commencing the PPL course. A home-based flight simulator program like Microsoft Flight Simulator, if you practice regularly, may well keep to a minimum the flying hours you need to qualify.
DOES AGE PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN LEARNING TO FLY?
Not really, as long as you are fit enough to pass the medical examination. However, the statistics do show that younger pilots tend to complete the course in fewer hours than those of more mature years.
HOW REGULARLY CAN I FLY?
WFTC operates 6 days a week. However, you can only fly up to 6 days a week with a maximum of 2 sessions a day.
DOES WFTC D MAKE REGULAR DUAL PROGRESS CHECKS?
Yes, all dual checks are carried out by the chief or senior flying instructor. These checks are made to ensure that you are given a high standard of training throughout your course.