The Private Pilot's Licence
Your initial training as a beginning pilot will be towards the attainment of a Malawi private pilot’s licence (PPL). The training comprises of 55 hours flight training as well as completion of knowledge tests administered by the Directorate of Civil Aviation.
PPL at a Glance
Being a pilot training school based in Lilongwe, Malawi; Eastrise Aviation training packages aim to exceed minimum requirements. Our principal goal is to train safe pilots by honing them with the necessary knowledge, attitude and skills. Earning a Malawi pilot’s licence or rating is just an outcome of that process. Initially, one is required to obtain a Class II medical certificate to be issued a student pilot licence.
Flight training can be paired with ground school, thereby allowing the student to combine the theory with practical training. The theoretical component of the PPL comprises of:
1. Air Law
You will learn how to play by the rules: from personnel licensing requirements to rules of the air. You will get to understand both privileges and limitations of various ratings and categories that come with the PPL. The student must pass both the Air Law and Radiotelephony exams before going solo.
2. Radio Telephony
This subject introduces the beginning pilot to radio telephony. Students learn how to use the two-way radio and to understand basic Morse code. You will soon realise that with practice, it is doable. Building your confidence is key.
3. Aircraft General Knowledge
This module introduces the beginning pilot to the technical aspects of the aircraft. Lessons include piston engine systems, fuel systems, aircraft structures and others. We call this subject Aircraft Technical & General in the Eastrise naming scheme.
4. Principles of Flight
How does an aeroplane fly? This subject introduces the student to aspects related to flying which include forces that act on an aeroplane in flight, how air density and temperature affects performance. We recommend studying the PoF with the Aircraft General Knowledge ground school course.
5. Flight Performance & Planning
Why is aviation fuel measured in kilograms instead of litres? How do pilots know how much fuel they will need? How do pilots estimate their time of arrival? The Flight Performance & Planning module has all these answers and more. You will learn how to complete weight and balance sheets and how to load an aircraft to stay within its center of gravity limits among others.
6. Aviation Meteorology
This is all about weather and how it affects aircraft performance to enable safe planning and mitigate risks. You will learn how to read and interpret meteorological reports and aerodrome forecasts.
7. Air Navigation
From using the E6B flight computer to calculate distance to knowing where that strange place you are going to is: Navigation brings an understanding of flying to places and way points to follow.
8. Human Factors
The Human Performance & Limitations (Human Factors) module discusses human physiology and other areas that relate to flight. Learning units include spatial orientation, human behaviour, aeronautical decision making, stress management and others.
9. Operational Procedures
The PPL Ops procedures module includes the application of threat and error management; use of aeronautical documentation such as AIP, NOTAM, AICs and others; altimeter setting procedures; understanding aeronautical codes and abbreviations; hazardous weather avoidance as well as mitigating other operational hazards.
What You Will Need
All our aircraft are now supplied with two aviation headsets (for the instructor and student) to use during flight training. Students thus no longer need to purchase a headset. You may however wish to purchase a headset from our in-house pilot store if you like to have a personal one.
We strive to maintain international standards. All our students are therefore required to wear pilot uniforms. If you would like to buy your pilot uniform elsewhere, feel free to do so: we are not limited to the brands that we sell in-house. We just want to be sure it is of acceptable quality.
At Eastrise, we use the Kore headset (among the other stronger brands) because it is affordable yet a very strong and durable piece. The headset comes with a free headset bag and most importantly a 5 year manufacturer’s warranty. Not surprising, the Kore headset has received impressive positive reviews which underscores our confidence in it. Be sure to check it out at our online store.
A flight computer will be handy when you start your navigation training and proceed to do your solo flights. It is a critical tool that every pilot must have. Although there are electronic ones, we recommend the manual flight computer (commonly called the E6B) for primary training. Moreover, it is cheaper than the electronic version. The E6B is available at the Eastrise shop.
Every pilot is required to log the hours spent in flight and on the simulator in a logbook. To fulfill legal requirements, pilots are required to submit a copy of the accumulated hours annually.
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There are no recurring membership fees. Students pay a once-off administration fee.
Free transport is available for students to and from the airport three times a day*
The summary as well as a copy of your medical certificate should be submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority. You can purchase the logbook from our in-house pilot shop – conveniently located at our facility in Lilongwe, Malawi. You can also order it online from our shop.
Age requirements to qualify for a PPL in Malawi
An applicant of a student pilot licence in Malawi has to be at least 16 years of age or older. There is no upper limit although medical restrictions may apply for older students. A private pilot’s licence is valid for 5 years in Malawi. International civil aviation regulations and treaties allow a pilot to wear corrective glasses if they have eye sight problems. Other requirements may apply. Please ask Eastrise staff for guidance or read our Frequently Asked Questions. Please note that we focus on building well-trained and quality pilots. As such, our training programme exceeds both local and international minimum requirements. Based on your aptitude and the balance in your account, it could take 6-8 months full time to complete your training. Our Training Information Pack is a handy resource bank for what the course entails, what to expect and the resources that you will need.
*Although we intend to keep this benefit available indefinitely, it is a privilege that can be withdrawn at any time.