ESTIMATED COST FOR PPL HELICOPTER TRAINING:*ALL PRICES QUOTED ARE INCLUSIVE OF FUEL & VAT
PRICES AS OF MAY 2016 TO MAY 2017
DESCRIPTIONQTY*UNIT PRICE*TOTAL
PPL Subjects: All books & Equipment1R5,060R5,060
Intro Lecture: Basic Aerodynamics & Pre-Flight1R1,000R1,000
Medical (Class 2)1R1,200R1,200
Chest X-Ray1R400R400.
SPL (Student Pilot Licence) Application1R430R430
Exam Writing Fee (Online Exam Centre)7R180R1,260
Radio Course and Practical Exam1R1,100R1,000
Radio Written Exam1R340R340
English proficiency Test0R900R0.00
**Flying Hours R22 (Minimum 50hrs by Law)50R4,250R212,500
PPL (Private Pilot Licence) Appication1R560R560
MINIMUM TOTAL INCL VATR223,750
ADDITIONAL COSTS:
Flying Hours R22 - The law states a minimum of 50 hours of ab-initio training for a Helicopter PPL. In reality, the average time to complete the syllabus is between 60 and 80hrs. (eg. 60hrs)10R4,250R42,500
Lecture Fees - BAC offers ground school courses on a regular basis. These lectures are not compulsory, but are recommended. Lecture fees at R200 per hour are divided by the number of students attending. One on one sessions are also offered.30R150R4,500
Exam Writing Fees - There is no limit to the number of attempts to pass each subject. All other attempts are subject to the R170 exam writing fee.3R180R540
REALISTIC ADDITIONAL COSTSR47,540
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST FOR PRIVATE PILOT LICENCER271,290
ESTIMATED COST FOR COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENCE WITH R44 CONVERSION AND NIGHT RATING:
*All prices include VAT
FLYING HOURS
DESCRIPTIONQTY*UNIT PRICE*TOTALDUALPIC
PPL Costs (see PPL cost estimate)60R271,2904515
R44 Conversion5R6,375R31,8755
Night Rating: Simulator (Basic Instrument Flying)5R1,050R5,2505
Night Rating: Helicopter (Basic Instument Flying)5R4,250R21,2505
Night Rating: Night Flying & Cross-Country5R4,250R21,25041
Textbooks for 8 Subjects1R3,000R3,000
Exam Writing Fees (Online Exam Centre)8R240R1,920
Additional Flying Hours R22 (Hire & Fly rates apply)100R3,750R375,000100
Additional Hours R44 Hire & Fly10R5,875R58,75010
Test prep and additional advanced Dual training R4410R6,375R63,75010
Class 1 Medical1R1,200R1,200
General Radio Practical Test1R400R400
CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence) Application1R600R600TOTAL
ESTIMATED TOTAL COST FOR COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENCER855,53574126200
FLYING HOURS: The minimum total number of flying hours required for a Commercial Licence is 200, of which a minimum of 100hrs must be flown as Pilot in Command (PIC). A maximum of 20 hrs may be flown in an approved FSTD (Simulator). A reduced rate can be arranged with the flying school for a bulk number of hours bought for CPL hour-building.
Although it is not a requirement by law, it is highly recommended that a Commercial Pilot qualifies with a R44 Conversion and a Night Rating as this is the expected industry minima in order to obtain employment.
There are a number of other options that can be included in the CPL hour-building, such as:
★ A Turbine Conversion (5 to 10hrs dual instruction).
★ An Instrument Rating (a further 15hrs dual instruction in the aircraft).
★ An Instructor's Rating (20hrs dual instructors patter in the aircraft).

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