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“If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing.”
Coco Chanel

Thompson Aviation is situated at Wonderboom Airport Pretoria South Africa. We have a fully functional Air Traffic Control Tower, with a ground frequency so students are exposed to radio work from the start and this creates confident and polished pilots.

Pilot Courses

PPL

A PPL (Private Pilot Licence) is a fully fledged aviation Licence which entitles the holder to fly an Aircraft on which he is certified on for business or pleasure. The holder of this licence would share the same airspace as all the major Airlines and other Aviators within that specific region.

The holder of a PPL may not sell tickets for transporting passengers and may not fly for remuneration, the applicability of the certification is for private use and excludes commercial operations.

The privileges of a PPL may be exercised in day time only and when VMC (Visual Meteorological Conditions) are observed, this is mainly due to the fact that visual reference is required at all times to steer the Aircraft and keep it in the attitude the pilot requires and of course to be able to Navigate effectively by using ground base features as waypoints.

The level of responsibility remains exactly the same as with any Pilot in any form of Aviation.

Night Rating

The Night Rating enables the holder of a PPL to expand his flying privileges to operations at Night time as well as in the day.

This is regarded as advanced flying although it entails a very basic syllabus on how to Navigate using Ground Based Radio Beacons and how to identify ground objects at night time for the same purpose.

Instrument Rating

The Instrument rating forms the most important phase of training towards a CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence). The Pilot is trained to fly the Aircraft by reference to instruments only as well as how to safely and effectively complete complex approach procedures as published for applicable Airports in IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) with limited visibility.

To fly as a Commercial Airline Pilot this rating is paramount as it forms the basis of operations upon departure, arrival and landing. A part of the training to obtain this rating is completed on our in house SACAA Approved Simulator which has been built to the highest industry standards so that pilots can practice these procedures safely and effectively.

The Instrument Rating can be applied to a single Engine Aircraft or a Multi Engine Aircraft, the choice remains with the student although the Multi Engine variation is recommended as that would include the Single Engine privileges but not vice versa. Most Commercial outfits would require the Multi Engine qualification as most of the aircraft operated would be such in nature.

CPL Theoretical Subjects and Exams

Before a Pilot working towards his or her CPL(Commercial Pilot Licence) they would have to complete a series of theoretical exams specific to Aviation. Standard practice would prescribe attendance of a Ground School Course dealing with a particular subject and then completing the exam which is written at our Civil Aviation Authority’s online Exam centre.

These subjects include Meteorology, Navigation, Flight Planning, Airlaw, Aircraft Technical and General, Instruments and Radio Aids. Once all these credits have been obtained the Pilot is elegible to take the CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence) flight test conducted by a Designated Flight Examiner.

INSTRUCTORS RATING

The Instructors Rating enables the holder of this certification to engage in “Ab Initio” training, this entails the ground lectures regarding Aerodynamics and all associated aspects as well as the Air instruction with Student Pilots. Most Airlines prefer Pilots to hold this certification because it would enable them to be utilised within the Airline as Training Captains when they have accumulated sufficient experience.

Once the course is completed and the applicable exams have been successfully passed the pilot would hold a Grade 3 certificate, after building more experience he or she would graduate to a Grade 2 instructor. The benefits of which is PPL tests and Initial solo check rides with students.

To work as an Instructor at a credible Flight School is arguably the best way of obtaining hours and experience whilst earning a salary so that the transition to the Airlines can be made. Working as an Instructor is also widely regarded as the most efficient way of honing ones Aviation skills, this is due to the fact that each student the Instructor teaches has different flying techniques and understanding of flying which then forces the Instructor to deal with a multitude of aviation styles and challenges.

Hour Building Phase

It is a legal requirement for Pilots who apply for a CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence) to have not less than 200 HRS of logged flight time.

Once the PPL (Private Pilot Licence), Night Rating and Instrument rating is completed the Pilot would have to build up experience and flight time by flying solo on routes of his or her choice to obtain the required time of approximately 80 to 100 hours depending on the hours spent on the PPL and Night Rating which all count towards the 200 hours.

Thompson Aviation has a fleet of Aircraft Available for Hire and Fly for specifically this purpose. This is regarded as the fun part of the training as Pilots fly around the whole country!

Multi Engine Rating

The transition from one type of Aircraft to another is called a Type Rating, in this phase the differences between various machines are dealt with and the Aerodynamic characteristics of the desired Aircraft is learnt theoretically and practically (actual flight time).

The transition from a single Engine Aircraft to a Multi Engine Aircraft is more complex in Nature due to the multitude of differences in flying technique and Aerodynamic characteristics, the actual Instrument flying also needs to be fused with the flying of the Multi Engine Aircraft as all emergencies are simulated and dealt with.

This forms the final phase of preparation for the actual CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence) flight test. Once this test is passed the Pilot may work for a salary and act as Pilot in Command of Aircraft below 12500lbs.

ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot License)

This is regarded more as an experience based Licence since the Pilot would need 1500 hours of logged flight experience and have completed another set of exams before being eligible for this Licence.

The subjects that are dealt with are the same as in the Commercial phase but now include both Northern and Southern hemisphere Meteorology and more complex Navigation principles.

Once this Licence has been obtained the holder can become a captain on Aircraft above 12500lbs. the only sensible way to obtain this certification is to complete the CPL and then work as a pilot for remuneration until the required level of experience
and flight hours have been logged.

Hour Building Phase

The Instrument rating forms the most important phase of training towards a CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence). The Pilot is trained to fly the Aircraft by reference to instruments only as well as how to safely and effectively complete complex approach procedures as published for applicable Airports in IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) with limited visibility.

To fly as a Commercial Airline Pilot this rating is paramount as it forms the basis of operations upon departure, arrival and landing. A part of the training to obtain this rating is completed on our in house SACAA Approved Simulator which has been built to the highest industry standards so that pilots can practice these procedures safely and effectively.

The Instrument Rating can be applied to a single Engine Aircraft or a Multi Engine Aircraft, the choice remains with the student although the Multi Engine variation is recommended as that would include the Single Engine privileges but not vice versa. Most Commercial outfits would require the Multi Engine qualification as most of the aircraft operated would be such in nature.

</p> <p> Online Exam Centre

We have our own in house Exam centre where student Pilots can complete all PPL and Night Rating as well as Instructors Exams online. We connect remotely to the SACAA database for these exams and results are available immediately. Our qualified Exam Envigilators will set up the exams and monitor all activities by CCTV. The CPL exams are written at the SACAA building in Midrand Johannesburg on their computer based exam center.

 Collect MOMENTS not THINGS

 

The training areas designated to our airport is only five minutes of flight time from take-off.

This means no wasted time and money whilst flying to remote training areas.​

 Collect MOMENTS not THINGS

 

The training areas designated to our airport is only five minutes of flight time from take-off.

This means no wasted time and money whilst flying to remote training areas.​

Thompson Aviation is devoted to producing pilots that are “marketable” in the aviation industry so we help to place pilots after completion of their training. We have a “train to instruct” package available where successful candidates, after completion of their training, can be employed as flight instructors at Thompson Aviation.

We have an open door policy towards all our students and engage with parents, sponsors or concerned family on a regular basis to report on the students’ progress and challenges.

At Thompson Aviation we provide quality one-on-one training to all our students which means every student gets 100% of the instructors’ attention during briefings, ground school lectures and other training. No overcrowded classrooms. 

Find us here:

Hangar S1, Wonderboom National  Airport,
Pretoria, South Africa

Contact us:

Tel: +27 12 753 5580
Fax: 086 5477 901
mail: robbie@thompsonaviation.co.za
info@thompsonaviation.co.za

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