Do we accept electronic logbooks?
Yes, we do accept electronic logbooks as long as it is initialled on each page by the client.
How do I renew my license based on foreign employment?
Please refer to Subpart 61.11 in this regard.
What is required to renew my license annually?
To renew your license annually you will be required to forward the skills test, last 3 pages of your logbook, valid medical certificate, 12 month's logbook summary immediately preceding date of application and proof of payment. Banking details are available on our website or on top of all our forms. Please use your license number as reference
What are the requirements for a foreign type to be transferred onto my South African license?
You will be required to forward a formal request and a scanned copy of your foreign license and logbook pages where type was flown to enable us to verify with the country of issue. You will have to contact your country and request them to release the information to us once we request the verification. Proof of payment as per Subpart 183 should also accompany your application.
What are the requirements to obtain a foreign validation?
Please refer to Subpart 61.01.13.
What are the requirements to obtain a foreign conversion?
What are the requirements if my license expire for more than 24 months but less than 36 months?
Just a normal revalidation of your license is required.
What are the requirements if my license expired for more than 36 months?
You will be required to rewrite Air Law for Private and Commercial VFR license holders and Commercial IF and Airline Transport license holders must write the Air Law and Instrument Rating (Operational Procedures). An initial skills test to be submitted and sufficient flight training to be done by an approved ATO.
How do I do a Logbook summary?
For a renewal, a 12-month logbook summary immediately preceding date of application are required and for a license issue a career summary are required. Logbook summary example is available on Annex 1 of the Regulation.
Do I need to get my documents certified before I submit them?
You are not required to submit any certified or original documents.
Can I send my application with courier services?
No, your fully compliant application has to be forwarded electronically to email@example.com.
How long do I have to apply for a license after I completed my last exam subject?
Exams are valid for 36 months for Private and Commercial license holders and 60 months for Airline Transport license holders.
Can I apply for a Commercial license without a valid Private license?
Yes, you will be able to apply for a Commercial license although your Private license expired.
Can I apply for my Private license if my Student license expired?
No, your Student license must be valid before you apply for your Private license.
How do I request a license verification letter and is there any fees involved?
You must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of payment as per Subpart 183 if the verification letter is for yourself. If the verification letter is requested for a foreign Authority, there is no payment involved. If you need to be copied in on the email forwarded to the foreign Authority you will be required to forward proof of payment.
Where do I find the appropriated fee to be paid for my renewal?
The fees are available from the Fees pages on the website.
Where do I find the banking details for the SACAA?
Our banking details are available on our website as well as on all our forms. Please use your license number as reference when making a payment to us.
How long will it take for a license to be processed once the application was forwarded?
The turnaround time for licenses to be issued is 7 to 10 working days provided all requirements have been met. If there is outstanding requirements the whole process start again once the outstanding requirements have been met.
If my Commercial/Airline Transport license expired for more than 36 months and I hold a valid foreign license, will my foreign license be recognised to prevent me from writing the required exams?
Unfortunately, the Regulation does not make provision for this and you will be required to comply with the requirements as per Regulation.
Which exam/s do I have rewrite if my license expired for more than 36 months?
You will be required to rewrite Air Law for Private and Commercial VFR license holders and Commercial IF and Airline Transport license holders must write the Air Law and Instrument Rating (Operational Procedures).
What are the required exams to be written if I am a SAAF pilot?
Approval to be given by Testing Standards for exams to be written by SAAF pilots who wish to convert to a civilian license.
What do I need to submit for a license application if I am a SAAF pilot?
You will be required to forward an email to Paul Phooko at PhookoP@caa.co.za (066 470 2822) and he will guide you in this regard.
Do I need approval to do training overseas and how do I apply for this?
Yes, you need prior approval to do your training overseas. An email have to be send to our Testing Standards Department in this regard.
Can I renew my Commercial/Airline Transport license in a foreign country if I am not foreign employed?
No, you will not be able to do it, but you may ask for special approval from our Testing Standards Department.
What form to I must complete with my annual renewal submission?
Form CA61-183 available on our website.
If my skills test is more than 30 days late, what do I do?
You may apply for approval by writing a letter with the reason why and submit it with your application, provided your test is not submitted more than 60 days late. If it test is submitted later than this, you will be required to redo the skills test.
How do I apply for an extension on my license?
You must forward your request with a valid medical to email@example.com.
How do I apply for an extension on my medical?
You must forward your request to our AvMed Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I apply for an extension on my Student license?
The Regulation does not make provision for it.
Can I apply for an extension on my Cabin Crew license?
How do I apply for a license number to write my RPL Radio exam?
You forward a scanned copy of your ID/Passport document to email@example.com for a license number to be allocated. No Birth certificates or Driver's license will be accepted to issue a license number.
Can I scan and email my application to SACAA?
Yes, you must forward your fully compliant application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What do I need to apply for a duplicate license?
Your license must be valid to apply for a duplicate license. An affidavit from the South African Police Service have to be submitted together with the appropriate fee as per Subpart 183.
Do I need prior approval to do my renewal in a foreign country if I am foreign employed?
No, You don't need prior approval as you have to comply with Subpart 61.11.
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