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South African registered aircraft ("ZS")

Anyone with a foreign license wanting to fly a South African registered aircraft will need to get their licences validated. We've teamed up with a local flying school at Wonderboom, Pretoria, to make this process as seamless as possible:

  • We'll need certified copies of your pilot's licence, medical, English proficiency certificate and radio licence (if seperate), last three pages of the logbook, passport, 2 colour photographs (passport/ID size) and a completed application form.

  • You validation will be valid for a maximum period of 5 years, or date of expiry of your licence if sooner than 5 years.

  • The validation is issued before your arrival, with the following endorsement:

“For private day VFR operations only, provided the holder first successfully completes
 an appropriate South African Air Law examination and a flight test at an
approved ATO, with a Grade I or ll flight instructor”.

  1. The Air Law Examination.
    This 28 question, online multiple choice exam covers basic airlaw in SA. Decent preperation is required. The passmark is 75%.
    We'll send you prep material on SA air law so that you can review this before arriving in SA.

  2. A practical flight test.
    You must pass a flight test of about 2-3 hrs on the aircraft type you wish to be validated on.
    This is a basic test of your proficiency on that particular aircraft type, and will include steep turns, stalls, forced landings, a triangular cross country flight and other basic checks.

  3. A briefing / tutorial on local conditions.
    You'll be briefed on the differences in airspaces and terminology, and performance planning mainly with regards to density altitude.

On top of this you'll need to be rated on the specific type of aircraft you wish to fly. This means at least 2hrs time on type in your logbook.

We plan a minimum of 2 days for completion of the validation (with prior preperation). The more days planned the better - there is enough to do in and around Pretoria once the validation process is complete.