Are you passionate about becoming a pilot in Malawi and want to know the steps? In this post we discuss seven easy steps to earn your private pilot’s licence right here in Lilongwe through the Eastrise Aviation Academy.
Step 1: Register with a flying school
The Aviation Regulations of 2013 require that a pilot’s licence be obtained after completing a course of study and passing the prescribed exams at an approved training organisation (ATO). You can thus only obtain your pilot’s licence through an ATO (a licenced flying school). You can download the Eastrise Student Enrolment Form on this link (opens in new tab).
Step 2: Get a medical certificate
You will be required to undergo a medical exam with an approved aviation medical examiner. Not every doctor is authorised to carry out this medical exam! We will be more than happy to give you recommendations on medical examiners in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Step 3: Get a student pilot’s licence
You are required to pass the air law exams to be eligible for a student pilot licence. You will be required to present both your original medical certificate and enrolment letter from your flying school to the Directorate of Civil Aviation. Upon satisfaction, they will issue a student pilot certificate (also called student pilot licence).
Step 4: Complete ground school
Ground school is the theoretical part of your pilot’s licence. It is perhaps the most time-consuming part of your training than the actual flying exercises. At Eastrise, we have our own online ground school, which complements the taught ground school. As a student, you have access to learning online materials even outside the classroom at no additional cost. Some students elect to do their ground school together with practical flying training. This is also fine although extra effort is needed.
Step 5: Pass the knowledge tests
There are eight written exams as well as an oral exam on radiotelephony. These exams are taken at the Directorate of Civil Aviation in Lilongwe. The price per subject ranges from K15,000 to K25,000 (average). Afraid of exams? Don’t worry! We have an online mock exams site which enables our fully paid up students to take mock exams for free. As a student, you can also take the same mock exams on our Flytex Pilot Exams Android app – again for free.
Step 6: Complete flying training
The first stage is the private pilot’s licence and takes an average of 60 hours to complete. You will train in actual aircraft with a qualified flying instructor. Outside the aircraft, you will have access to our online flying school (a free resource of course to our students) where you will learn the flying exercises before you practice them with an instructor in the aircraft. Access to this site is of course free to our fully paid up students.
Step 7: Pass the checkride
After successfully completing your flying training, an examiner will take you for two knowledge tests: the first one will be within the general flying area where s-he will assess your aircraft handling skills. A second test will be a cross-country flight to assess your competence in flight planning. After passing these two tests, you will be issued a private pilot licence by the Directorate of Civil Aviation.