Zambia Is The Home of Prestige Flight School – One The Safest Country In Africa
Aside from Tourism, there are many reasons why you still need to come to visit Zambia. Zambia might not have a national airline now, but in Africa, Zambia has one of the best pilots and highest-flying fans in Africa. Prestige flight school Zambia Prestige Flight School is a new and currently the only “Approved Training Organization (ATO)” in Zambia.
Prestige Flight School was incorporated in the year 2015 and it was awarded the “Approved Training Organization (ATO)” certificate on the 7th February 2019 by the “Zambia Civil Aviation Authority (ZCAA)” working hand in hand with the “South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA)”.
As times have changed so have flying schools. They are now called ATO’s meaning “Approved Training Organizations” which is recognized by the “International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO)”. The school is the first of its kind in Zambia has a certificate number Z/ATO/FTS/001/2019.
There are certain things you need to Know about Prestige flight school so its best we start from the History, Fleet of Aircrafts, Flying Courses offered at PFS, and most especially Facilities at Prestige Flight School.
Prestige Flight School – History
The school has been in existence since 2015 but could not start offering Pilot training as the school was being evaluated by the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority and the South African Civil Aviation Authority to bring it to compliance with international aviation standards in training and safety.
After the school satisfied the requirements of the two civil aviation authorities set by the International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO). The ATO certificate was awarded to the school and the school had its first intake of student pilots on the 18th March 2019.
The school is 100% Zambian owned and is ran by qualified Zambian Pilots with vast experience in aviation both locally and internationally.
Prestige Flight School is located at Avondale, Nkomeshay road off Gardenia road, plot no.5, Lusaka, Zambia
Prestige Flight School – Fleet
As said earlier, PFS is of the newest flight school in Africa. The school currently owns a Cessna C150 acrobat which is one of the most common pilot trainer aircraft in the world. The Cessna C150 acrobat is a two-seater aircraft primarily used for flight training purposes and personal use. The school also leases a Cessna C172 Skyhawk from Niner Juliet Logistics.
The Cessna C172 Skyhawk is a four-seater aircraft primarily used for flight training purposes, commercial or personal use. The two trainer aircraft are highly maintained to acceptable international aviation standards. The school is also in the process of acquiring more trainer aircraft as Zambia prepares for the relaunch of its national carrier, Zambia Airways, and the anticipated growth in the Zambian aviation sector
The Flying School currently offers the Private Pilot License course, and next year it will start offering the Commercial Pilot License course. The school also does the conversion of a foreign license to Zambian license. Type rating courses can also be done on request. PFS also converts foreign license to a Zambia license that is if you want to fly in Zambia
What is a Private Pilot License?
A Private Pilot License course (PPL) is a type of license that allows a holder to act as a Pilot- In-Command (PIC) of an aircraft.
The license requirements are determined by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the minimum required hours for one to hold a PPL is 45.
A holder of a PPL cannot get employed as a Pilot for remuneration purposes but it’s the first step to a Commercial Pilot License. The minimum age that one can get a PPL is 17 and there is no maximum age. PPL is a primary flying course offered by all flight schools.
What is a Commercial Pilot License (CPL)?
A Commercial Pilot License (CPL) is a type of license that permits the holder to act as a Pilot of an aircraft and get paid for it. A CPL is a continuation from the Private Pilot License.
The basic requirements to obtain the CPL and the privileges it confers are agreed internationally by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The minimum hours required for one to holder the Commercial Pilot License is 200 of which 45 are from the Private Pilot License and the rest tests
Conversion License at PFS
This is the conversion of a foreign license to Zambian license. If you happen to train in a foreign country and you come to Zambia and want to fly here, Prestige Flight School can convert your foreign license to a Zambian license. The standard requirement set by the Zambia Civil Aviation Authority (ZCAA) is that a Pilot with a foreign license who wishes to convert to a Zambian license must fly a Zambian registered aircraft with an Approved Training Organization for a minimum of 5 hours and write & pass Zambian theory Civil Aviation courses. At Prestige Flight School we can do that for you.
Type Rating at PFS
A type rating is the changing of flying one type of aircraft to another. For instance, if you trained on a Piper pa-28 or a Sling 2 aircraft and wish to fly a Cessna C150 or C172, Prestige Flight School can type rate you on them.
Understanding The Requirements At PFS
Prestige flight school requirements are very simple than any flight school in Africa. Check this out all you need is
- Grade 12 school certificate
- General Certificate of Education (GCE) /or Equivalent ➢
- Class two medical certificate
- Identity Card /International Passport / National Registration Card (NRC)
PFS Training Cost
This is one of the most pressing sectors or rather say a crucial aspect. However, you need to contact the school for price quotes. What we are quite sure is that Ground school Training is as low as $2,500 which covers ➢Wing after solo (pocket) ➢ Flight computer ➢ Softcopy of learning materials
How to Contact Prestige Flight School as soon as possible?
For more information contact:
Email: [email protected]
What is like to be in Zambia
For those of you that don’t know, Zambia is a landlocked Southern African country bordering Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, and DRC Congo.
Over 30 percent of Zambia’s land is made up of National Parks and this comes from the fact that we have 19 national parks, including the second largest park in Africa. It’s basically a safari destination. But other things do happen here. The Country also ranks as one of the most peaceful countries in Africa and the world.
Living in Zambia gives one the opportunity for a wide range of experiences that do not necessarily have to cost a lot of money. You do not need to venture too far into the wilderness to find wild animals such as crocodiles, snakes, antelope, etc., however, most of the lager game is protected in wildlife reserves.
If encountering potentially dangerous wild animals are not your thing (I don’t blame you), you could always visit many of the natural and man-made attractions such as the Kariba Dam Wall, Victoria Falls or visit the cities and towns
Are there Other Flight Schools in Zambia?
Here are Tons of other flying schools in Zambia You Need to Check Out.