Safomar Aviation Operations was born from a need of service in the general aviation industry. This industry is seen as been exclusive and only for the wealthy. Although this is not entirely untrue, the cost is high, but exclusive, no, it’s for everyone that can manage basic trigonometry.

SAO is a certified ATO (Aviation Training Organisation) Certified by the South African Civil Aviation Association.  SAO operates from Grand Central Airports main terminal building. Which is centrally situated in the Gauteng area. Close to the Midrand Gautrain station and easily accessible to OR Tambo

International airport, Pretoria and Johannesburg.

For out of town students’ reasonable accommodation is right on your doorstep.

Safomar Aviation Operations is part of Safomar Group. Safomar giving SAO a solid foundation and incredible backing when it comes to training and charter flights.

SAO’s main focus is service, treating our clientele as they deserve. In a professional, safe and efficient manner but still making them feel like part of a big family. We have the right people in the correct positions and are highly trained seasoned professionals. This will make your experience with SAO a pleasurable one.

Helicopter Private pilot license


Be at least 16 years of age to go solo

Be at least 17 years of age to obtain a PPL (H)

Be able to read, speak, write and understand English.

Class I or II Aviation Medical: 

Theoretical Courses and Examinations:

  • Radio Telephony: Restricted Radio License 
  • Air Law
  • Aircraft General – Engines & Airframes
  • Human Performance
  • Helicopter Principal of Flights (Aerodynamics)
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • General Navigation

Helicopter commercial license


Be at least 18 years of age to obtain a CPL (H)

Class I Aviation Medical: 

Be able to read, speak, write and understand English.

Theoretical Courses and Examinations:

  • Radio Aids
  • Air Law & Operational Procedures
  • Aircraft Technical & General (Helicopter Aerodynamics)
  • Human Performance & Limitations
  • Instruments & Electronics
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • General Navigation & Plotting
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Radio Telephony: General Radio License 

Complete a minimum of 200hrs flying time. This includes all the hours obtained from your PPL and a minimum of 100 hrs solo flight time. Within the 200hrs you are welcome to Hire and Fly our range of helicopters.