LSA/PPL Aviation Theory Course

Course ID
LSA/PPL Aviation Theory Course
Protected Area Integrity
Bruce McDonald, Pierre Wilkinson
8 weeks

Why sign up?

This course will give you the theoretical background and foundation to do the required practical training to obtain your Light Sports Aircraft (LSA) Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). It will also prepare you for the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) exams that you will need to write once commencing your training toward a pilot’s licence. Once completed, you will be able to start your practical training with us or elsewhere.

The course will also be a very good screening tool to assess your ability as a potential pilot. The course is designed to provide you with a good indication of your understanding and ability prior to commencing the training required to become a fully-fledged LSA pilot.


The course covers the major theoretical elements regarding ab-initio flight training.

The purpose of the course is to provide the theoretical knowledge needed to:

1) Understand the fundamentals of flight, how an aircraft works as well as the other subjects. Once these elements are understood, the transition to the practical training is far easier.

2) Pass the written examinations once training has commenced.

Course outline

Modules – An outline of the course content/5 x course modules

1-      Elements of Flight

a.       Covers the theory of aerodynamics, how an aircraft flies.

2-      Aircraft Technical

a.       How the aircraft is put together in the mechanical sense, and how all the parts work in order for the aircraft to fly and for the pilot to control it.

3-      Flight Planning and Performance

a.       Covers all the elements regarding planning for a flight, performance considerations and some of the environmental aspects that influence the performance of the aircraft.

4-      Meteorology

a.       Study of the Weather. Covers the environments in which pilot’s fly. How weather is generated, how it changes, and how it influences flight.

5-      Navigation

a.       Cover the theory of Navigation, from how maps are made and interpreted, the earth and its position relative to the sun etc, to how pilot’s use this information to plan a navigation route.

Course Composition/Approach

As the course is being done remotely, students can complete the course in their own time. Part of the offering will be webinars, or one-on-one training or one-on-many Zoom briefings, with subjects on rotation.

Because some of the topics are fairly complex student numbers will be limited in any one sitting, so enrolment will be done on a first come, first served basis and students who are not able to enrol will be enrolled on the next online course date/s.  One-on-one tuition will also be offered if needed (at an additional cost).

Target Group

Any aviation enthusiast, including:

Those keen to simply do the course out of interest but not necessarily planning on pursuing a career as a pilot.

Potential candidates selected by other Aerial Conservation projects (local and regionally), where the course can be used as a screening / selection method.

Those looking to start an aviation career where the first step is to complete their PPL/LSA licence.


Entry level requirements

It is assumed that students entering this qualification are competent in:

English at NQF Level 5

Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 5

Course Instructors

This course is administered by two expert conservation pilots: 

Bruce McDonald

Pierre Wilkinson

Course Cost

The cost of the course is ZAR5,000

This course will give you the theoretical background and foundation to do the required practical training to obtain your Light Sports Aircraft (LSA) Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL).