Page|feed| – 43 Air School KICKSTART YOUR AVIATION CAREER Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:11:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Page|feed| – 43 Air School 32 32 138300786 What can a Commercial Pilot expect on their First Inflight Training Experience Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:35:26 +0000 All journeys to become a commercial pilot begin with that first inflight training experience. So what can you expect to get out of this memorable experience?


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Preflight Check
After reaching the dispatch room where you will wait to be greeted by your instructor, he or she will take you to the aircraft that was assigned to you for this unforgettable flight. You will then do a 10 to 15-minute preflight check by walking around the aircraft to make sure all is as it should be. Your instructor will explain everything throughout the check.

After the check, you will sit on the right side of the aeroplane and put your headphones on to be able to hear the air traffic controller and your instructor, otherwise known as the pilot in command. This will allow you to hear all the instructions from both whiles in flight.

The gauges will need to be checked before starting up the engine and taxiing to the runway. Your instructor will talk to ground control and do one last aeroplane check before takeoff.

Take off
You will then get to enjoy the exhilarating feeling of lifting off the ground as you watch the world pass you by.

Take Control
Once you have reached a safe altitude and are a distance from the airport, your instructor will give you a little control, which will obviously be guided. This is when he or she will give you a lot of new practical information on flying. You will head back to the airport after substantial time has been spent in the air.

Once you have received the air traffic control instructions, you will follow the traffic pattern to land. This is said to be the most thrilling part of your first flight.

Once you have landed you will be de-briefed by your instructor.

This flight will mark the start of your flying career and be will be an experience that you will remember forever.

What does an aircraft mechanic do and how to become one Thu, 28 Dec 2017 22:29:49 +0000 As the saying goes, what goes up must come down, and in the world of aviation, this happens regularly. However, this eventually damages the aircraft. This is why airline companies require the help of an aircraft mechanic. What is an aircraft mechanic? It’s not a pilot, but it still one of the most important roles in the aircraft industry. An aircraft mechanic can be seen as a superhero because he/she is responsible for the upkeep of the aircraft. When I say upkeep I’m not referring to serving passengers, but rather maintaining and repairing the mechanical and avionics equipment that allows aeroplanes and helicopters to safely operate. Their work ensures a safe and pleasant flight for both passenger and pilot. Read on to find out more on this soaring career path.


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Job Responsibilities


An aircraft mechanic’s sole purpose is to ensure that the aircraft is in top form before take-off. This entails many important tasks such as inspection, repairing and maintaining the electrical structural and mechanical elements of the aircraft
Some of the duties involved are diagnosing mechanical or electrical problems, measuring parts to wear using precision, reading maintenance manuals to identify methods of repair and repairing wings, brakes, electrical systems, as well as other aircraft components.
This career is certainly no walk in the park, but with passion, determination and the correct training, you too could be on your way to being a successful aircraft mechanic.


How to become an airline mechanic


An Airline Mechanic Personality

Training is an important requirement in this field, however, it is not the only one. In order to pursue this career, you have to be responsible, have good observation and problem-solving skills and have a positive approach towards health and safety regulations.

An Airline Mechanic’s Education

Being a teenager in school is a task on its own, trying to decide your career path, whilst achieving good grades can become tiring. A career in aviation allows you to pursue a career as an aircraft mechanic from the age of 16.

The basic requirements will be a copy of your identification document, as well your matric certificate which should obtain subjects such as English, Mathematical literacy/ academical and physical science.
When applying, the minimum requirement is an Achievement level 4 or a minimum N3 certificate with mathematics and engineering science D symbol.

An Airline Mechanic’s Training

In addition to having the aptitude for a career as an aircraft mechanic, one should also have the correct training.
The academy should be able to provide aptitude theoretical knowledge, as well as hands on skills, in order to mould the students into a capable aircraft mechanic.

The course can take up to 30 months. During this time, the students will learn various things such as electrical fundamentals, digital techniques, material and hardware, theory of flight and aircraft avionic systems

Take charge of your future today, by enrolling at our exceptional school of flight. With our guidance, you’ll have fun tinkering in no time.

The difference between commercial pilots and airline pilots Thu, 28 Dec 2017 21:50:38 +0000 Whether you’re flying across the ocean to get to the tropical Island that is Hawaii, or you’re flying through scorching flames in the middle of the mountains, no day is ever the same in the life of a pilot, but one thing is for sure, time flies when you’re having fun.

The life of a pilot is exciting. You’re able to discover new places, meet people from different cultural backgrounds while receiving a paycheck at the end of the month. It’s the perfect career if you’re seeking adventure 24/7, but if you’re not ready for a full-time commitment, you’re still eligible for your pilot’s license.

You might be asking how you can achieve this? In the aviation industry, there are two types of pilots among others, which are known as an airline pilot and commercial pilot. They both include flying commercially for reward, but they differ quite a bit regarding qualifications and more importantly experience.



What is an Airline Pilot?

An airline pilot is contracted to an airline and transports people and cargo locally and around the world. A part of the job would be flying long or short haul flights for business leisure or commercial purposes. Two pilots often operate the aircraft, one the captain who is the person in charge, while the other is the supporting first officer.

Airline Pilot Working hours

Depending on work schedules, some days may contain intense work that could result in a 3-4 day trip involving flights and different cities. Flight hours may vary from 75 hours per month to 150 added hours involving other duties.

Airline Pilot Salary

The bigger the aircraft and the longer the flights, the bigger the income! The salary of an airline pilot is determined by the type of aircraft, the length of flights and how long they’ve been flying for. An annual income of a national airline pilot is an average of R589, 581 per year, depending on the above factors.

Airline Pilot Training

If one wishes to pursue a career as an airline pilot, be prepared for hours of training; 1500 hours to be exact. Training to become an airline pilot is not only practical work but also academic. Exams have to be completed, whether it’s written, oral or practical. These tests will ensure that the student has a good understanding of multi aircrafts and aeronautics.



What is a commercial pilot?

A commercial pilot is a pilot who can display a minimum level of skills and understanding to a licensing authority and has earned their commercial pilot license , which allows them to be remunerated for their services. They can also legally fly for hire.

Even though they’re not working for a specific company, by becoming a commercial pilot, they’re able to be used for charter flights, rescue operations, firefighting, aerial photography and crop dusting and more.

Commercial Pilot Working Hours

The flight hours one accumulates as a commercial pilot is based entirely on the type of operation taking place. There are however limitations as to a maximum number of hours flown before a pilot needs to be grounded, generally, 60 hours per week.

Commercial Pilot Salary

In the world of aviation, the amount of money you receive depends on experience, however, a commercial pilot in South Africa receives an average amount of R411 745 per year, which is an estimated amount of R34 312.08 per month.

Commercial Pilot Training

Becoming a commercial pilot may not be as strenuous as studying to become an airline pilot. However, it still requires some hard work and dedication. To complete the course, you’ll need a minimum amount of 200 hours and write 8 SACAA exams, that entail human performance, air law, aircraft technical and general, meteorology, radio aids, instruments and flight planning.

The aviation industry has so much to offer, whether you’re seeking an exciting experience, or just really enjoy alone time while travelling over the horizon, anything is possible.