Progress Flight Academy

Integrated Pilot Training

The Integrated Professional Pilot Course is a high quality ab-initio course which prepares the graduate for immediate transition to Jet Orientation and Type Rating on a medium jet airliner.

Progress Flight Academy has a twenty year track record of success in graduates successfully completing jet training and achieving appointment as First Officer. Graduates entering General Aviation have a superlative operational capability.


The Integrated Professional Pilot Course enables a student with no previous flight training to proceed towards a Commercial Pilot Licence and Instrument Rating in one continuous course at the same Aviation Training Organisation.

The aim of integrated Professional Pilot Training is to train the ab-initio student pilot to the level of proficiency necessary to operate a single pilot multi-engine aeroplane in commercial air transportation. Graduates will obtain the South African Commercial Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) with unrestricted multi-engine Instrument Rating (CPL/ IR (ME)).

This course meets the requirements of the South African Civil Aviation Regulations 2011 (CARs) and is based on the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) Flight Crew Licencing (FCL) document.

The privileges of a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) above those of a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) are to act as pilot in command in commercial air transportation of any aircraft having a maximum certificated mass of 5700 kg or less, and to act as co-pilot in larger aircraft.

Key Benefits

  • Graduates ready for immediate transition to jet aeroplane training
  • Efficient training in an environment that maximises proficiency
  • Modern well equipped Aeroplanes and type specific Flight Simulators
  • Most comprehensive Jeppesen based Airline Pilot ground school
  • Courses modelled on European EASA-FCL standards

Entry Requirements

The applicant for a SA CPL (South African Commercial License) must be at least 18 years of age and in possession of a valid SA Class 1 Flight Crew Medical Certificate. Fluency in the English language is essential.

The International recommended entry requirement for Professional Pilot Training is equivalent to a GCSE ‘O’ level pass in five subjects, which should include English, Mathematics and a Science subject

For South African students this means a Secondary Certificate with University Entrance Endorsement. If eventual airline employment is envisaged, then the maths should be a grade C or higher; this is the desired standard for enrolment.

The Integrated Course is an ab-initio course intended for students with no previous flight training. Students who already possess a Private Pilot Licence may be admitted to the course and allowed some credit towards the flight instruction hours.

Integrated Courses

We offer two integrated course alternatives for Professional Pilot training: Domestic and International.

Integrated Domestic CPL/ IR (ME) - for South Africa

Integrated Domestic CPL/ IR (ME) - for South Africa

The ‘Domestic’ course has 182 hours of flight time and meets the SA Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) flight time requirement for the CPL / IR and is intended for candidates who plan to operate in South Africa in general aviation. 12 months' duration.

Integrated International CPL/ IR (ME) - for other states

Integrated International CPL/ IR (ME) - for other states

The ‘International’ course has 235 hours flight time which includes the 100 hours pilot-in-command and 190 hours aeroplane time required for conversion to an ICAO licence outside of South Africa. 14 months' duration.

The International pilot course also includes the 15 hours multi-engine aeroplane instrument training required by some ICAO states such as East Africa

The courses are based on the use of:

  •  the Piper Warrior III aeroplane for basic training, and;
  •  the Vulcanair P68R multi-engine aeroplane and Vulcanair P68R ‘simulator’, technically a Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainer II (FNPT II), for multi-engine training including Line Orientated Flight Training (LOFT). The Vulcanair P68R is equipped with an Electronic Flight Information System (EFIS) similar to that in modern airliners such as the Boeing 737 800 and the Airbus A320.


We endeavour to fly as much as possible in actual Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) as this is important to build confidence and achieves a true operational capability. A short Line Orientated Flight Training (LOFT) route is flown in the Seminole.

Ground Training

Private Pilot Standard Ground Training

The theoretical training proceeds in parallel with the flight training and is a combination of 72 hours of lectures and 80 hours of assignments and individual study. The syllabus and tests are comprehensive and to a high standard based on best International practice.

The groundschool covers the basics of Human Factors, Meteorology, Aviation Law, Navigation, Flight Planning and Performance, Engines and Airframes, Principles of Flight and the syllabus for the Radiotelephony Certificate (Aeronautical).

Airline Pilot Ground Training

The Airline Pilot ground-school is based on the Jeppesen EASA ATPL material. It is conducted in two modules for the ‘Technical’ and ‘Navigation’ groups respectively. The ‘Technical’ subjects are Radio, Instruments, Aircraft Technical and Human Performance. The ‘Navigation’ subjects are Navigation, Plotting, Meteorology, Flight Planning and Law & Operations.

The duration of each module is twelve weeks; the lectures are held four hours per day five days a week for eight weeks, followed by three weeks for revision and mock exams. The SA CAA Commercial Pilot Licence examinations are written in Port Elizabeth on completion of the Mock exams. There is usually a ten-day break after the first CAA exam sitting.

A grand total of 750 hours is spent on lectures, tutorials, tests, mock examinations and debriefing. This does not include time spent on flight briefings.

Duration and Dates

We commence a new Professional Pilot Training course approximately every six weeks.
Course duration is:

  • Domestic CPL/ IR (ME) Course – 12 months
  • International CPL/ IR (ME) Course – 14 months



Kenya Airways ERJ FirstOfficers

Seven Kenya Airways cadets who recently graduated from our Integrated Professional Pilot Course successfully completed their Jet Orientation and Type Rating on the Embraer E190 Regional Jet and have qualified as First Officer.

Capt Crispine Onyango 2006

Capt Onyango was the first of four graduates from a ‘class of 2006’ who have qualified as Captain on the Kenya Airways Embraer E190 Regional Jet.

3 new Afriqiyah Airlines Libya First Officers

Three Libyan graduates who recently completed the Airbus A320 type rating at Airbus Academy Toulouse France have been appointed as First Officers on the A320 at Afriqiyah Airlines, Libya.


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Progress Flight Academy is dedicated to developing pilots with a professional attitude and a genuine operational capability at a reasonable cost.