PPL Renewal Guide


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Maintaining your Competency

Your PPL Renewals (after your first two flight tests), are alternately annual submissions to the CAA, and PPL flight tests. Click the relevant link below for the information you need and reminders on what will be expected of you:

The PPL Flight Test


Annual pilot submissions to CAA

It would be wise to ask (or pay) someone to represent you in getting your new license, as it takes about an hour to turn around at the CAA offices in Midrand, Gauteng. Then they can send it back to you directly.
You may not fly without your actual valid, signed license in your possession, and on board your aircraft.

It can take quite long to get your license if you post or courier it. I have experienced it taking from between two to six weeks.

TAKE NOTE: Timeline for PPL Renewals

Your first PPL Renewal to maintain competency:

The big day has come and gone, and you are now the proud owner of a very sexy little brown book... the book that makes it legal for you to load another person, who is not your instructor, into your aircraft, and take them for a flight.

It is almost the same rush that you got from your first solo flight!

Within one year (12 months), you will have to do another PPL flight test, this time without the Navigation section, to keep your license current, (air law calls this "maintaining competency").

After this, you only renew with a flight test every second year.

You may do your flight test up to 90 days before the date of your current license's expiry. Your license will then continue from the day after the expiry of your current license for another full year.(Note: 90 days, not 3 months! The difference is a few days).

eg. Your PPL license expires on 30 November 2011, you re-test on 2 September 2011. Your license will then be renewed from 1 December 2011 to 30 November 2012.

If you do your license 91 or more days before your current expiry, then your license will be renewed till the end of the month in which you tested, in the following year.

eg. As above your license expires on 30 November 2011. You test on 1 September 2011, (91 days before expiry), your license will now be renewed until 30 September 2012.

Subsequent PPL Renewals to maintain competency:

After your initial PPL test and first follow-up flight test 12 months later, you do not have to re-test annually again, but only every second year. You do not get off that easy though! CAA still expects an update on your annual status, (for every alternate year that you do not need to do a flight test, you must follow these steps), and then they will send you your renewed license.

Things to check in your PPL license booklet:

1. License expiry date
2. Medical expiry date
3. English Proficiency expiry


A Grade II Flight Instructor can renew your PPL independently of a Flight Training School !! This can be especially convenient for pilots who own their own aircraft.

An initial PPL License must, however, still be done through an approved flight school.

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