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1. Private Pilot Licence

The Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is the starting point for everyone with the interest of becoming a career pilot. However the PPL is also required for people who wish to pursue flying as a hobby. The PPL course lasts about 6 to 8 months during which period a PPL Ground School covering 10 subjects and flight training covering a minimum of 45 flying hours are conducted. The type of aircraft to be used for flight training is the Cessna C172 or similar class trainer aircraft. A PPL does not allow you to be remunerated for flying activities. Candidates intending to undergo PPL training must hold a valid Student Pilot Licence (SPL).

1.1 Requirements for Student Pilot Licence (Ab-initio)

An applicant for the issue of a Student Pilot Licence (SPL) shall:

  • Be not less than 16 years of age.
  • Hold a valid Class I or II medical certificate.
  • Payment of N$ 300.00 to the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
  • Complete and submit an SPL application form to the NCAA.
  • Submit two (2) passport photos.
  • Submit a certified copy of ID/Passport.

1.2 Additionally, the following are the requirements when applying for training at NATA:

  • Complete the NATA application form and attach two (2) passport photos.
  •  Submit certified proof of Namibian Citizenship or Passport with Study Permit (Foreign Nationals – NATA can assist with Study Permit Applications).
  • A valid Student Pilot license issued by the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
  • The latest Grade 12 certificate with preference in English, Mathematics, Physics and Geography, or relevant tertiary education qualification.
  • Payment of non-refundable N$1000.00 registration fees.

1.3 Requirements for Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

  • Must be minimum of 17 years of age.
  • Hold a valid Student Pilot Licence.
  • Successfully complete and pass the PPL examinations (75% pass mark).
  • Pass a restricted Radiotelephony Licence course.
  • Pass an English Language Proficiency Test (Minimum Level 4).
  • Successfully complete a practical flight training and accumulate a minimum of 45 hours, of which: minimum 10 hours solo and 35 hours dual.
  • Pass a PPL Practical Skill Test on an aircraft.

2. Night Rating

This is a rating (qualification) for special purpose associated with a Private Pilot Licence holder to equip the candidate with the skills to fly at night while relying on instruments. NATA recommends students to obtain a night rating before or during the hour-building phase of flight training due to the fact that night flying forms part of the hour-building plan.

2.1 Requirements for Night Rating (NR)

  • Hold a valid Private Pilot Licence.
  • Instrument instruction of not less than 10 hours dual flying of which not more than 2 hours may be accumulated in a simulator.
  • At least 5 take-offs and landings by night.
  • Dual cross country flight by night consisting of at least three legs of not less than 50nm each.
  • Successfully pass theoretical examination at the NCAA.
  • Pass a practical skill test with a Grade I or II Examiner at night on an aircraft.


This rating can be acquired either by a Private Pilot or Commercial Pilot Licence holder and will equip the pilot to fly in bad weather conditions or at night while relying on flight instruments.

3.1 Requirements for Instrument Rating (IR)

  • Must be a holder of a valid Private or Commercial Pilot Licence.
  • Hold an appropriate valid medical certificate.
  • Hold a valid Night Rating.
  • Pass a General Radio Telephony Theoretical and Skill tests.
  • Have completed 50 hours cross country time as Pilot-in-Command of an aircraft, of which not less than 10 hours shall be in aeroplane.
  • Complete 40 hours dual instrument time in an aeroplane, of which not more than 20 hours, or where a simulator is used, 30 hours, may be instrument ground time.
  • Pass an appropriate instrument theoretical examination.
  • Pass a practical instrument skill test with a Designated Flight Examiner.


A Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) is a requirement for individuals who are planning on becoming career pilots. The qualification will enable you to be remunerated for commercial flying activities.

4.1 Requirements for the Commercial Pilot Licence.

  • Be not less than 18 years of age.
  • Hold a valid Class 1 medical certificate.
  • Hold a valid Private Pilot Licence.
  • Hold a valid General Radiotelephony Certificate.
  • Have successfully completed and passed the theoretical knowledge examinations.
  • Have successfully completed practical flight training.
  • Have undergone and passed a skill test with a Designated Flight Examiner.
  • Have completed at least 200 hours of flight time, of which 45 hours from PPL and
    19 hours from the Night Rating. The remaining 136 hours shall comprise of:
    39 hours Dual Instruction (Where the Instructor is the Pilot-in-Command)
    90 hours Solo Flight Time (Where the Student Pilot is the Pilot-in-Command)
    8 hours Instrument Flying in a Simulator.


Commercial Pilot Licence holders may consider obtaining flight instructor rating. This rating will enable the holder to gain flight experience quickly to meet airline and corporate hiring and entry level minimums.

5.1 Requirements for Instructor Rating 

  • Must hold a valid commercial or airline transport pilot licence.
  • Pass 2 theoretical examinations.
  • Complete at least 80 hours of instructional briefings and preparation and compile own instructor file.
  • Complete 20 hours of flight instructor patter (occupying the right hand seat of the aircraft).
  • Pass the Instructor Rating Skill test with a Designated Flight Examiner.


No holder of a pilot licence and rating shall exercise the privileges granted by the licence and rating unless such holder maintains competency by complying with the appropriate requirements. One such requirement is the need to renew a licence or rating when they become expired.


A holder of a valid foreign licence or rating, who desires to act as a pilot of a Namibian registered aircraft, must first apply to the authority for a validation and/or conversion of such licence or rating before the start of training for validation and/or conversion.

7.1 Requirements 

  • Validation- Refer to NAMCARs/NAMCATs Part 61.01.10
  • Conversion- Refer to NAMCARs/NAMCATs Part 61.01.12


This advanced rating qualifies the holder to fly an aircraft with more than one engine. It is a rating commonly required in order for a pilot to enter the airline environment, or to increase a pilot’s marketability within the aviation industry.

8.1 Training requirements for Multi-Engine Rating.

  • 6 hours dual VFR
  • 6 hours dual IFR on aircraft
  • 3 hours dual on simulator


  • Undergo an aviation medical examination with an approved aviation medical examiner (AME), for the issuance of an aviation medical certificate.
  • Fill in the attached Application Form and attach Copies of ID/Passport and Secondary School or Tertiary Qualification documents.
  • Pay to NATA the applicable registration fees in order to be issued with proof of registration.
  • Foreign Students must submit Study Visa or Proof of Application for Study Visa.
  • Apply for a Student Pilot Licence (SPL) – NATA can assist with application.
  • Pay the initial fees for PPL Ground School or the applicable course applied, before commencement of training.

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