If you are a pilot, then flying yourself in Africa is a great experience when well prepared for it. This course prepares you for this “job,” assuming you are looking to rent an aircraft in South Africa or Namibia to fly through either South Africa, Namibia, or through the region, including flights to countries such as Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, and/or Lesotho.

Getting your pilot license converted

You can quite easily get a South African (SA) or Namibian (NA) PPL license based on your own original (foreign) pilot license. The validated South African PPL license is restricted to VFR flights, valid for 5 years and for as long as your original EASA or, for example, FAA license and medical remain valid. The procedure to get the South African or Namibian license involves (a) some paperwork, (b) one theory exam in South African or Namibian air law, and finally (c) a briefing with a flight instructor on the specifics of flying in Africa and a checkride with the same flight instructor. After that, your SA PPL license is handed out to you on the spot if you arranged the paperwork ahead of your arrival into South Africa. If you opted to get your license validated in Namibia, you will have to wait a few days up to a week or a bit more for the NA CAA to process your application and issue the Namibian PPL license.

Free online course

This online course prepares you for the required SA Air Law theory exam, introduces you to all the specifics of flying in Africa, and gives you all the basic information needed to prepare well for your flying trip in Africa.

Course details

Module 1Introduction
Unit 1Introduction to the Flying in Africa online course
Unit 2Non-radar Environment
Unit 3Border-crossing Formalities
Unit 4Navigation Charts and Filing Flightplans
Unit 5Special Rules Areas
Unit 6Bush Flying
Unit 7Survival Equipment
Module 2Part 12 - Aviation Accidents and Incidents
Unit 1Aviation accidents and incidents
Module 3Part 61 - Pilot Licences
Unit 1Introduction to Pilot Licences
Unit 2Student Pilot Licences
Unit 3Private Pilot Licences (Aeroplane)
Unit 4Class and Type Ratings
Unit 5Night Rating
Unit 6Medical Certification
Module 4Part 91 - General Operating
Unit 1General Provisions
Unit 2Crew
Unit 3Documentation and Records
Unit 4Instruments and Equipment
Unit 5Communication and Navigation
Module 5Part 91 - Rules of the Air
Unit 1Flight Rules
Unit 2Visual Flight Rules
Unit 3Instrument Flight Rules
Unit 4Specific Provisions regarding Aircraft
Unit 5Air Traffic Rules
Unit 6Heights and Instrument Approach and Departure Procedures
Unit 7Flight Operations
Module 6Part 139 - Aerodromes and Heliports
Unit 1Aerodromes and Heliports
Module 7Helicopters (Optional)
Unit 1Pilot Licensing (Helicopter)
Unit 2General Operating (Helicopters)
Module 8Certificate of Completion
Unit 1Quiz
Unit 2Assignment


After completing the course and passing all the online tests as well as a final assignment, you will receive a certificate of completion of this course. Bring that certificate with you to South Africa or Namibia and be assured that you come well prepared. If there is a lot of time in between completing this course and the date of your departure to Africa, we suggest that you review the study material again just before you depart to Africa so that all is fresh in your mind. The course is offered for free, and we hope we can help contribute a bit to the success of your travel to the African continent. The course is not a guarantee that you will pass your theory course or checkride in South Africa or Namibia, but it helps you to prepare well for your flying trip in Africa.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

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