The seed of aviation in South Africa was probably planted in the year 1907 by a civil engineer Mr John Weston from Free State, when he decided to build his own airplane.
After having built the aircraft which lacked an engine to fly, he later on went to France along with his work where he fitted a Gnome rotary engine (50 hp) in it and finally made his first flight in France in the year 1910.
The very first glider which came to South Africa was a Ralph S. Mansel glider that was built by Voisin Freres of Billancourt, France, arrived on 20 October 1908 in the Cape Town Docks aboard the “Varzin”.
The first aircraft which was designed, built and flown in this country was built by Alfred Louis Raison, based on the design that Louis Bleriot used to fly across the English Channel.
That was the start of aviation in South Africa as we have witnessed and is still growing. South Africa now has a combination of more than 400 air strips which are used for both private and business purposes.
So the question arrives why someone would want to do his flight training in South Africa.
For an industry which has it routes in the late 1900’s, aviation has been a part of people’s life ever since.
The infrastructure which the country has to offer is simply amazing and what a better way to spend a weekend flight in the beautiful country side of South Africa.
People from all walks of life and from various different parts of the world come together to try their hand in aviation be it fixed wings or rotary.
Training in South Africa also opens the doors to so many other cultures as you interact with so many different people.
There are a lot of flying schools in South Africa which offer very high standards of training to the students which has also been made possible by the strict policies from the civil aviation authority of SA.
And to keep our skies safe, caa also has a series of examination which the students have to take them and pass them to be a holder of a pilot’s license.
In terms of career opportunities after one has obtained his Cpl, a South African license opens up a lot of door. There are a lot of companies operating in and out of South Africa which use ZA registered aircraft be it for bush flying or charters or UN contracts.