Helicopter Training – Foreigners

At JNC Helicopters we are proud to offer our helicopter training program to our International students. We have had students from all over the world achieve their dream of flight through us. From North America, South America, Australia, India, England, Sweden and Spain to just name a few!

With our years of experience we understand each student has different needs that require extra attention, especially from us. Our friendly team is ready to help you on each step of the way! From assisting with accommodation, transport, applying for your licences and even recommending exciting activities for in your spare time. Let us help make your adventure in South Africa as simple and exciting as possible.

Helicopter Training Program

JNC Helicopters offers world recognized helicopter training through the South African Civil Aviation Authority approved training program as the SACAA is a member of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation). This means all flight training completed with us will count towards your JAA and FAA licences when you return home. For fellow aviation enthusiasts looking to add to their current licence we also offer additional ratings. You can complete your night rating, instructors rating, instrument rating and type/turbine rating on various aircraft through us. For information on the courses on offer please email us at flightops@choppers.co.za and we will happily send you the information.

Why choose South Africa

For those of you with a taste for adventure this is the opportunity of a life time! Whether just out of school looking to start your studies or wanting a unique holiday experience, South Africa is the place to be. With the current exchange rate in favour of most countries your holiday and helicopter training costs are extremely competitive. Due to JNC Helicopters being based in Durban the weather is ideal for flight training and out door adventures. Our coastline boasts some of the best beaches and water temperatures for the outdoor enthusiast. With surfing, kite boarding, diving and snorkeling along with many other activities to entertain you in your spare time.

Durban is home to a vibrant night life which is perfect for the more social explorer. Try out some of the world class restaurants offering delicious and exotic foods or our specialty pubs with their unique craft beer and cocktails. Beautiful game reserves and Spas are also to be found near Durban for those wanting to be closer to nature. The normal conveniences of our modern shopping centers and medical facilities are also easily accessible and will put your mind at ease.

JNC Helicopters looks forward to welcoming you into our country and cannot wait to get you soaring through our skies. Our goal is to make your stay as enjoyable and relaxing as possible while showing you the wonders of flight. With just an email or a call away to answer any of your questions, we are here for you.

Private Pilot Licence


  • Be at least 17 years old to test for the licence
  • Hold a valid Student Pilot Licence
  • Successfully pass 8 online PPL examinations. 75% pass mark (exam center at JNC)
  • Hold a Restricted Radio Licence (acquired through us)
  • Complete an English Language Proficiency Test
  • Hold a Class II medical certificate
  • Must have completed a minimum of 50 hours flight time as a Pilot of which 25 hours must be dual, 15 hours Solo and at least 5 hours cross country

What you can do with it

The PPL licence is ideal for the passionate aviator who is looking to enjoy the wonders of flight. You will be able to fly passengers around but not as a form of income. For those wishing to become a pilot as a career this is the first step towards your commercial licence.


Commercial Pilot Licence


  • Be at least 18 years old to test for the licence
  • Hold a valid Private Pilot Licence
  • Successfully pass 8 online CPL examinations. 75% pass mark (Completed at the CAA
  • Hold a General Radio Licence (acquired through us)
  • Hold a Class I medical certificate
  • Must have completed a minimum of 200 hours flying time as a Pilot of which 100 hours must be Pilot in Command time and 20 hours of cross country flying.
  • Complete a CPL General Flight Test in an aircraft with a Grade I Designated Flight Examiner

What you can do with it

This Commercial Pilots Licence is for those who wish to be a Pilot as a career choice. With this licence completed you are well on your way to achieving your dream. You will be able to earn an income by transporting passengers, vehicle tracking or aerial photography. By completing additional ratings you will also be able to perform various other types of work. See our ratings section for what else we offer.



As a qualified commercial pilot one has the ability to do certain types of work applicable to your licence. On top of this additional ratings can be acquired which will allow you as the pilot to do even more specialized operations. These specialized ratings can greatly improve your employment opportunities and carry you further into an already exciting career. Below are some of the extra ratings JNC Helicopters has on offer:

Night Rating - This rating allows you to be able to fly the helicopter at night. Required by some types of operations and your instrument rating

Instructor Rating - A great rating for a new commercial pilot to do to increase employment opportunities. This rating gives you the ability to teach upcoming aviators.

Turbine Rating - To fly more advanced and bigger aircraft a turbine conversion on the aircraft is required. JNC Helicopters offers students the option of moving on to these aircraft and receiving their type rating with our training program.

Instrument Rating - A rating that is most beneficial for later in a pilot's career. This rating allows one to fly in foul weather conditions and is often a requirement for advanced machines flown later in one's career.