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.
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.
We offer two integrated course alternatives for Professional Pilot training: Domestic and International.
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:
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.
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).
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.
We commence a new Professional Pilot Training course approximately every six weeks.
Course duration is:
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 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.
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.