During the first day, we will explore with you all the specifics of flying in Africa. We will review the South African (SA) Air Law specific items to be aware of and you will take the SA Air Law theory exam that day as well, get an introduction to basic African survival techniques and learn how to deal with typical tropical issues such as malaria or encountering wild animals in the bush. On the second day, you will be flying with a flight instructor to familiarise yourself with the aircraft you will be renting and flying through Africa. The Skills Test with a South African flight-instructor completes license conversion with the handout of your South African pilot license to you.
Day 1: Air Law theory workshop and exam
Day 2: Check Ride
Day 3: Check Ride
Next, you will have to pick up your aircraft with the aircraft owner. Some owners want to fly one or two circuits with you before handing over their aircraft to you. At the end of the day, you will have to park your aircraft filled up with fuel and ready to go for the trip.
On the second day, you will be flying with a flight instructor. The Skills Test with a South African flight-instructor completes the license conversion with the handout of your South African pilot license to you. A Skills Test includes the usual air work such as some landings, approach to stall, steep turns, simulated emergency landing as well as a navigation flight in the Johannesburg area. That same day, you will pick up your aircraft from the aircraft owner. Some owners want to fly one or two circuits with you before handing over their aircraft to you. At the end of the day, you will have to park your aircraft filled up with fuel and ready to go on the trip at Lanseria Airport (FALA) as we clear customs/immigration at this airport the next morning for our flight out to Swaziland.
You can choose from renting a Cessna 172, Cessna 182, Cessna 206 or possibly a Piper Archer/Warrior aircraft. All the aircraft are well maintained but basic, so without glass cockpit and most without an autopilot.
Some of the pictures on this website show us flying either a Cirrus SR22 or a Cessna 210 in Africa. There are no Cirrus aircraft available anymore in South Africa that you can rent for a self-piloting safari trip. The only Cirrus dealer on the African continent stopped renting them out. Renting a Cessna 210 is also not the easiest option due to tight insurance requirements. You will often need to have at least 20 to sometimes even 50 hours on type to be able to fly (= insure) a C210 in Africa. Renting a Cessna 172/182/206 aircraft is a lot easier.
The Cessna 172 is a good choice if you plan to fly with no more than 2 persons on board plus luggage. The Cessna 182 can facilitate 3 persons on board and some luggage. The Cessna 206 is ideal if you want to fly with four people in the aircraft as it will take the 4 plus their luggage. Flying in Africa often means dealing with high-density altitudes and with higher temperatures.
We will assist you in renting an aircraft in South Africa. The prices below are indicative of the most common aircraft types available in South Africa. All prices exclude the fuel (= dry-rate) and are based on block times (engine start – engine stop). The fuel price at Lanseria airfield is roughly 1,40 euro per litre at the moment and might be higher or a bit lower at other airfields. At some airfields, we will have to resort to getting AVGAS from fuel barrels, where the price per litre often goes up to around 2,45 euro per litre. Rental prices differ from one aircraft owner to another, but the below table should give you a good indication of what you can expect. Most aircraft owners expect you to fly on average about 1,5 to 2 hours per day during the rental period.
|1||License validation costs & paperwork||250.00|
|2||South African Air Law theory exam||45.00|
|3||Skills test with instructor p/hour||65.00*|
|4||Certified copy of last 4 pages of your logbook||**|
|5||Certified copy of EASA/FAA license and medical||**|
|6||Certified copy of your passport showing picture and passport number||**|
|7||Proof of English language proficiency||***|
|8||Signed CAA form 61-01-13|
|9||Two official colour passport pictures|
* The duration of the skills test is approximately 1 to 1,5 hours of flying time on airwork, 1-2 hours for a navigation flight in the Johannesburg area and 1 hour of briefing time, all depending on your previous experience on type and your flying proficiency. You will be briefed about the airspace structure around Johannesburg and specifics of flying in Africa. The skills test price per hour mentioned is for the instructor. You will have to add the aircraft rental and landing fees to that price for the time you fly during the skills test. In case you have no previous PIC hours in the specific aircraft type you want to fly, then it is mandatory to do a short familiarisation training with a South African instructor before you can do the skills test or in some cases a differentiation training.
** Certified by your local notary office.
*** Proof of English language proficiency (LPE) could be stated already on your pilot license.