South African Flight Training Academy

South African Flight Training Academy, Strydom Street, Heidelberg, Heidelburg, South Africa

12 Month Professional Pilot Course offered in Heidelberg which is 40km from Johannesburg using a fleet of Cessna and Piper Aircraft


Private Pilot License, Commercial Pilot License, Instrument Rating, Multi Engine, Flight Instructor course

International Students


Aircraft fleet

Cessna 152, Cessna 172 and Piper Seneca


Simuflight Full-Visual Piper Seneca/Piper Arrow FNPT II


South African Civil Aviation Authority

Entry Requirements

17 years of age and pass the Aviation Medical Test

South African Flight Training Academy (SAFTA) started in 2007 with the ambition to create a professional pilot training academy where students from all around the world can train and share their interests. The training academy is based in the rural town of Heidelberg, Gauteng, which is a mere 40km from Johannesburg. The main advantages of this flight school is that it has weather in the winter and has a long history of training South African and International Pilots. As South Africa is cited amongst the top 10 destinations for flight training worldwide, the aviation network in South Africa has expanded and continues to improve with the determination and aid of the South African Civil Aviation Authority.

Why join the school?

  • SAFTA students are offered a 10-12 month professional pilot course with a full-time ground school course; all run by experienced and dedicated staff members.
  • Accommodation can house over 100 students with caterers, indoor and outdoor activities, study rooms and much more.
  • Year round good weather
  • Fly Safari's, rallies and breakfast fly-ins in which students may participate

The training at South African Flight Training Academy is done using a fleet of aircraft and simulators including:

  • Cessna 152 and Cessna 172 single-engine trainers and the Piper Seneca I and II Multi-engine training aircraft
  • Piper Seneca and Pipwer Arrow FNPT II Simulator

South African Flight Training Academy is located in a town that offers the benefit of a safe and secure study and living environment whilst being only a short distance from the South African Civil Aviation Authority and all major shopping malls in Johannesburg. Additionally Heidelberg’s airspace is close to the general flying area and less congested. It is also unmanned, enabling students to practice “radio talk” at an acceptable pace before going into manned aerodromes.

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