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ComeFlyWithB 9th May 2018 18:44

SA Hour Building Query

Hi All,

Apologies if this belongs in the private forum however I'm hopeful my query will be better suited here https://www.pprune.org/images/smilies/smile.gif

I've almost finished my PPL and have everything planned timeline wise, schools and so fourth for onwards commercial training in the future however I am now considering South Africa for the majority of my hours as an alternative to the USA, after 1) a few conversations with pilots at work who are from / flew there / trained there etc and also Australia unfortunately now being out of the question due to costs (as highlighted by the good people on this forum and further research). I had hoped to combine a trip to see my sister with flying but thatís not possible unfortunately. After a good few searches I have been unable to find any schools or local airfields that offer hour building or reasonable rental prices comparable to the US.

Please can anyone provide information on hour building in South Africa if possible and/or licence conversion if this is as straightforward as the FAA conversion.

Thanks in advance,

Ghost_Rider737 9th May 2018 19:31

post your request on :


under "general aviation chatter"

pointer41 9th May 2018 20:12

For anyone doing hour building, my advice is to get a night rating and if you feel comfortable and safe to do so, build some hours at night. A lot of entry level contract companies only do day flight and when you get ready for command, it can cost a lot of money to build up the required night hours required for ATP. Negotiate with the flight school, at night their aircraft is normally not busy, but ensure the aircraft is technically sound and fly at half moon or better, at a field with good lights, just in case. Take off late dusk (technical issues often occur but of course not always, during or after first take-off) and continue into the night.

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