We provide world renowned pilot training courses in South Africa, from beginner Private Pilot’s Licences (PPL), to Commercial Pilot’s Licences (CPL) with in-house accommodation.

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Mach 1 Aviation Academy is OPEN and accepting applications. We have implemented sanitization procedures and social distancing, in line with health and safety regulations.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) accredited, our experienced flight Instructors
put your safety first and will help you succeed.



Mach 1 Aviation Academy offers all the flight courses you need to progress your career from PPL to ATPL phase.

Private Pilot Licence

The first step in aviation training is to obtain your private pilot licence, this is the foundation to all your future flying.

Night Rating

After obtaining a private pilot licence, the night rating allows the pilot to fly in unsuitable visual weather conditions and at night.

Instrument Rating

With an instrument rating, a pilot will have the ability to control the aircraft attitude and performance, using instruments and radio aids.

Commercial Pilot Licence

If you wish to pursue a career as a commercial pilot, this is the course for you.

Multi-Engine Rating

A multi-engine rating qualifies you to fly an aircraft with more than one engine. Most employment opportunities require experience on multi engine aircraft.

Instructors Rating

Obtaining an Instructors rating is money well invested. The most natural place for a commercial pilot to build hours towards an ATPL is by becoming a flight Instructor.

Air Transport Pilots licence

If you want to go all the way and become an airline captain, this is the licence that you will have to acquire. This is also the highest qualification you can get as a pilot.

Type Rating

A type rating is a regulating agency’s certification for an airplane pilot to fly a special type of aircraft that will require additional training. We offer Turbine as well as Type ratings on A320/B737 Types.

For All Your Flight Needs

First class flight academy since 2014.


Over 300 Pilots Graduated


Over 26000 Hours Flown


30 + Years Of Instructor Experience


98% Pass Rate

What Our Students Enjoy The Most

The main reason that our past students like to tell other people about us is because we go the extra mile to care for them as part of our “pilot family”.

We provide safe training conditions, accommodation and friendly advice to students that are learning to fly. Students come from all over the world to experience flying in the favourable conditions that Southern Africa offers. Sunny South Africa allows you to quickly rack up your flying miles and, later, to learn to fly in a congested air space, near a busy airport, whilst you are in the safe hands of our experienced Instructors.

How We Started Mach 1

Mach 1 Aviation Academy was first birthed during a training flight between a student (who later became our CEO) and her Instructor. As a Flight Instructor who had trained over a hundred students, mainly through constant word-of-mouth referrals, our Founder saw a huge gap in the market with increasing demand for good training facilities.

The Chief Flight Instructor has been a Flight Instructor for 6 years and gained valuable experience in the running of Flight Schools, alongside the CEO, who has worked over 10 years for the South Africa Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). With this combined experience, Mach 1 Aviation Academy was founded.

Our Graduates Fly For

First class flight academy since 2014

Call: +27 (11) 743-3012

What’s your next course?

You can progress your flying career with us – we provide training in all the courses you need to move your career forward from PPL to ATPL phase.