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And You Think Getting Your Private Pilot's License Is Tough

by John M. White |  | 5 comments

Those of us in America and most other countries can find high quality training for the Private Pilot's license, or any advanced license or rating, but it is not always the case for pilots in some countries. Recently I wrote about many of the colleges in the United States which offer aviation programs, but what do you do if you live in Africa, for example? Well, a recent article I ran across called "Dear ZASTI, why the riot?" which describes the process for obtaining a Private Pilot's license in Zambia, Africa. After reading this article you will be amazed that anyone sticks it out and ever gets their license! ZASTI Student Accomodations I started my flying career in San Angelo, TX and must say the training was excellent. I started in a Piper Colt, but abandoned it quickly. This airplane sank like a rock and would not flair! Switched to Cessna 172s and progressed a lot quicker. My wife, however, learned in Piper Warriors (I was her instructor - note: before we were married!), so we always have that high-wing low-wing discussion! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 What is chiefly needed is skill rather than machinery. — Wilbur Wright, 1902

Comments (5)

  • admin on June 24, 2019

    I completed my private pilot license in about 3 months time. This was back in the early 60s when things were a lot simpler.

    I learned to fly in San Angelo, Texas, and since that time have taken many written exams, flight tests, type rides and Part 135 check rides.

  • Louise Birch on June 24, 2019

    Hello there!!

    I moved to Zambia about 3 months ago and had to give up on getting my ppl due to NO information on flight schools in Zambia! I had just bought all my books and had my first ground school lectures in Hoedspruit South Africa when this job opportunity came up to Zambia!

    I had contacted ZASTI via their website and have not received any contact back whatsoever!! Am despondent and will have to go back to South Africa to complete it but what future do I have as a pilot in Zambia anyway!!?



  • JetMan7 on June 24, 2019


    When I first started my flight training I had no idea where it would lead me – I just wanted to fly.

    After a career as a flight instructor, charter pilot, chief pilot for a corporation and owning my own aviation insurance agency, you never know where the road will lead.

    One thing for certain is that if you don’t go down the road you will never know where it will lead. Pilots will be needed for a long time to come, and sooner rather than later too.

    My advice – if you want to learn to fly go for it! You never know where the flight will take you!



  • Max Trescott on June 24, 2019

    A key point in the article is that ZASTI has a monopoly—there’s no nearby alternative for getting a pilot license. Often I’ve noticed that at airports with more than one flight school, the professionalism and interest in serving customers is much higher. When there’s no competition, there’s less incentive for flight schools to do the best possible job.

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