Remote Piloted Aircraft Systems (or drones) are an exciting new addition to the Aviation industry. Are you a pilot interested in being part of this groundbreaking industry? Want to earn a living through your love of flight?

We offer SACAA accredited RPL training for pilots looking to become qualified RPL license holders. In just a few short weeks, our highly experienced instructors will equip you with the knowledge and skills required.

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CATS & CARS Training

The Cranfield CATS & CARS course is a 1-day program which has been developed to assist aviation personnel in understanding of the legislative structure, design, documentation, amendments and communication.

Understanding the South African Civil Aviation Regulations and the South African Civil Aviation Technical Standards is imperative for anybody involved in the industry.

Course Details

The course covers Part 91 in detail with additional modules on recent changes in other Parts, subject to who is attending the course and their particular Part of relevance or interest.


Quality Assurance Practitioner

This course is designed to give you the necessary information to effectively carry out the functions of a Quality Assurance Practitioner. Having completed this course you will have a thorough knowledge of the principles of Quality Assurance within the aviation environment.

The quality assurance course covers:

  • principles of Quality Assurance within the aviation environment
  • preparation and content of the Quality Manual
  • ensuring all management procedures are in place and that they are being applied.

There will be a group activity as well as a mastery test at the conclusion of the course for which you are expected to attain a minimum of 75%.

Radiotelephony Training

This aim of this course is to train Base Station Operators (BSO’s) in the understanding of Aeronautical Radio Telephony and in the basic use of the radio to assist and support aircrew in safe and efficient flight operations.

BSO’s are required to undergo a proficiency examination in Radio Telephony and demonstrate that they are competent in the practical use of the radio. This training program is designed to give BSO’s the knowledge required, but also additional information regarding aircrew workload and various other issues relating to the radio communications with flight crew, as well as other flight related subjects. It is designed to provide a greater appreciation of flight related aspects.

Important Note: Information contained in training manuals such as transition altitudes, frequencies etc may be subject to change and manuals should therefore not be used for flight planning purposes. Reference must be made to the valid and official publications issued by the Civil Aviation Authority.


  • basic use of the radio to assist and support aircrew in safe and efficient flight operations
  • procedures and regulations pertaining to Base Station Operators Radio Telephony

Aviation English Proficiency Testing

The test is in accordance with ICAO and SACAA Standards. The ICAO Language Proficiency Requirements were developed to address the safety concern raised by accidents and incidents in which communication played a key role.

Cranfield Aviation Training is certified by the South African Civil Aviation Authority to conduct English Proficiency Tests in accordance with the recommended standards as laid out by ICAO with particular reference to DOC 9835.

Please make yourself familiar with this English Proficiency Test Booklet prior to taking your English Proficiency Test. Feel free to direct any questions at your examiner prior to or after the test. A student appeals process is in place and can be used should you question the results from your test.


Test Method

  • Candidates will be asked a series of questions. Some questions relating to your work environment and other general questions.
  • The test is not testing your knowledge of the job or your options, but only your understanding and command of the English Language.
  • The Examiner will rate you on the 6 Proficiency skills mentioned above according to the ICAO recommended Rating Scale.
  • This Rating Scale has 6 levels as follows:

6 = Expert
5 = Extended
4 = Operational
3 = Pre-operational
2 = Elementary
1 = Pre-elementary

Skills Tested

The 6 Language Proficiency Skills to be tested include:

  • Pronunciation
  • Structure
  • Vocabulary
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
  • Interactions

The Lowest score achieved on any of the Proficiency Skills becomes the overall Rating e.g. If you are rated (5) for Pronunciation, Structure, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and Interactions, but you are rated (4) for Fluency, your overall rating becomes a (4).

Test Times

Booking a test session is essential. Please contact us to book your session.

The Test Duration is between 30 Minutes and 1 hour per candidate. Please note that some Tests may take a few minutes less and some may take a few minutes more.

Candidates shall be required to wait approximately 30 minutes for the processing of their test results.


Candidates shall be tested simultaneously by 2 examiners:

  • An English Linguist
  • An Aviation Expert

Remote Pilot License Training (RPL)

Billed as one of the most exciting new additions to the Aviation industry, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, or commonly known as DRONES, will now become part of our lives as technology skyrockets !

In conjunction with Cranfield Aviation Training, we are proud to introduce our SACAA Accredited RPAS Ground School Training Program, for pilots looking to become qualified RPL license holders.

Equip yourself with the skills, license and knowledge base with our highly experienced instructors, and become an integral part of this groundbreaking industry, thereby joining scores of people already earning a living and doing what they love.

The first RPL - Remote Pilot License - theory course has been running since early 2016 with fantastic responses from our students. The duration of the course is 7 days, with the first 6 days being the vital RPL theoretical component, followed by day 7 which is dedicated to Radio License Certification and English Proficiency, as part of the mandatory requirements for licensing.

The Practical Instruction course is carried out from our CAA approved airfield - Serendipity - conveniently situated just outsideFourways, JHB


Course Notes:

  • All prices quoted are ex VAT and per delegate
  • Rates are subject to change without notice


The objective of this course is to equip the new Safety Officer with basic skills in order for him/her to manage the safety system within an airline. It is in no way intended to be a “one stop shop” for safety management.

You will have to improvise and broaden your horizons by constant research and consultation and will find that an airline’s safety system does not operate in a cocoon, but depends largely on co-operation from service providers, employees, management, government institutions, ATC and other established airlines. You will also have to establish a network of contacts, which will enable you to investigate and conclude incidents and accidents.

One of the biggest obstacles as an Airline Safety Officer is winning the trust of the employees and getting the co-operation of management. It will depend on you to involve management and to ensure that your position is not merely a rubber stamp.

Safety Management remains at the forefront of methods by which organisations can make aviation, already the safest form of travel, even safer. The prime difference in the approach adopted can be found in a move beyond the traditional reactionary systems to those which try to predict areas of exposure through assessment of any residual risk areas in airworthiness and operations and supplementing them with operational knowledge and professional judgement.


his course will to give the operator and/or maintenance organisation an overview of the constituent parts of a Safety Management System and practical advice as to one possible method of implementation. The intention is to guide as opposed to prescribe and it is hoped that it will not prevent innovative methods of meeting these challenges being developed and implemented.

Aviation Security

Aviation Security is a 6 hour course, vital for flight crew in an ever- increasing rain of threats to security in today’s World.  It covers basic security such as Captains authority , crew responsibility, media contact, screening and includes carriage of mail by crew, their luggage and belongings and uniforms.

The managing of unruly passengers, in terms of legality, reporting of incidents concerning those passengers, procedures and behaviour levels in incidents of air rage. Reporting of all incidents and advising passengers regarding the current situation is vital and discussed at length.


The course also covers bomb threats and warnings and how to personally deal with the warning, together with where the bomb may have been placed, searching for the device and dealing with it once found. 

It also covers all procedures connected to not only bomb threats but also hijackings, giving general guidelines for handling such. 

Each Airline will have its own SOPs in this regard, but the course gives an excellent over view in the use of force, guidelines for all crew and coded advisories in the event of such an incident.