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Flight School

We now offer Fixed-Wing training as well as Helicopter training

Opening the skies…

Helicopter Training

A CPL(H) is effectively a license to fly helicopters commercially,
i.e. charge passengers and earn a living from the flying that you do. 
There are obviously various licences etc that you or your operation
will need as well as your CPL(H). This gives you the opportunity for Helicopter pilot jobs in South Africa and abroad.

Fixed Wing Training

For more information on Fixed wing training, Commercial Pilots License (CPL) or Private Pilots License (PPL) please visit www.saphirebluetraining.co.za

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Helicopter Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL H)

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Helicopter Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL H)

A CPL(H) is effectively a license to fly helicopters commercially, i.e. charge passengers and earn a living from the flying that you do.  There are obviously various licences etc that you or your operation will need as well as your CPL(H). This gives you the opportunity for Helicopter pilot jobs in South Africa and abroad.

The Minimum Requirements for Commercial Pilots Licence are:

  • 18 Years or older
  • Class I Aviation Medical
  • 200 hours Total Flight time of which 100 need to be Pilot in Command
  • General Radio License
  • English Proficiency
  • SACAA CPL(H) Subject Credits
  • CPL Skills Test Completed

Training Method

Our approach to CPL Helicopter training is career orientated.  Obviously there are various ratings that you can achieve within your CPL(H) some of which are advisable to a potential career pilot, others would help you in the job market however they would not necessarily be required.  Examples are: Instrument Rating, Turbine Rating etc. We can discuss this with you and tailor a commercial package to suite your career ambitions as well as your budget and time constraints.

Hour Building – Hire and Fly

Within the CPL(H) requirements are the 100 Hrs of PIC (Pilot in Command) that needs to be completed.  You will be credited for those hrs you completed as solo in your PPL(H).  We offer great rates as well as fantastic scenery to enjoy those PIC hours close to the guidance of our resident instructors.  If you do the entire package with us, the PPL cost will be reduced.  You can take a Robinson 22 or 44 away to Gods Window, Sabi Sands, Timbavati, Pilgrims Rest, Hoedspruit or Swaziland and they are all less than an hours flight away. Maputo in Mozambique is 1 hour away in an R44 and the coastline of Mozambique is a fantastic Helicopter destination.  All this gives you, as the PIC, experience in mountains (Drakensberg), High and low altitude (800ft to 7000ft in less than an hours flying), Border crossings, including flight plans, overflight clearances, customs etc.  Air Traffic Controls within close vicinity to Nelspruit are Kruger international Airport (7 Mins away), Hoedspruit Military Field (30 mins), Matsapha (20 mins), Maputo (40 Mins).  All the above conditions exercise your proficiency as a pilot heading towards a career in flying and build your professional confidence towards a safe confident Career Pilot.

Helicopters

We make use of the R44 helicopter series for most of our training. The two bladed rotor system and governor throttle system are a good base for a solid pilot with good basic flight skills. The R44 is fantastic in a commercial sense as you have extra seats and serious passenger and range capabilities. We have a few turbines in our fleet that we use for full if training as well as turbine conversions and charter so the scope to get ratings on your licence within the company is always a reality.

Helicopter Flight School South Africa

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Helicopter Flight School South Africa

The Flight School is based at the Nelspruit Airfield.  We have three resident instructors as well as
a pool of part time instructors and examiners.

We concentrate our training on Private Pilots License PPL(H) as well as advanced career commercial pilots CPL(H).

We help you put a structure together that suits your flying requirements without compromising your pilot abilities.

Please contact us for any enquiries or guidance in your licensing decisions whether you are a Hover Student or not.

Helicopter Training South Africa

Helicopter Hire and Fly

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Helicopter Hire and Fly

If you have at least a Helicopter Private Pilot’s Licence – PPL (H) – we have a selection of helicopters you can self-fly hire, including the ever popular Robinson R22, Robinson R44 and Bell Jet Ranger 206. We would be pleased to see you and we can have you in the air without delay.

We want you to have a safe and un-pressured flight, so if you haven’t flown with us before or simply not flown recently, please plan some time to have a chat with one of our instructors.  You may need to demonstrate your flying skill, possibly with a few circuits, before we hand you the keys.

Please contact our helicopter hire and fly team a call to discuss your requirements.

Satisfied Customers

We were happy with the service and recommend @Saphire Blue Aviation for the Helicopter Training

James D

Owner of ..., James Association

Delighted to have my PPL. Thanks so much to the team and pilot for assisting me

Tim Jordan

MD, Impact CC

Delighted to work with the experienced flight trainers at Saphire Blue. Thank you!

Hanned Dean

Managing Director, Blue Aviation

Affordable Flight Training Suited for Any Budget