Founded in 1956 and based at the Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole, the Algoa Flying Club and it’s Flight Training Division has been the provider of world-class pilot training.
The Algoa Flying Club offers safe affordable flying, flight training, pilot education, and camaraderie among club members. Whether you are new to flying or you’ve been a pilot for years, the Algoa Flying Club has something for you.
Whether you’re a student with plans to become a Commercial Pilot or an individual that wants to take up flying for fun, we are here to take your dreams to new heights with our type certified aircraft and experienced instructors.
FIND THE RIGHT COURSE FOR YOU
Take to the skies with
Algoa Flying Club with its sophisticated instrument approach facilities and uncluttered skies…
A SACAA APPROVED AVIATION TRAINING ORGANISATION – SACAA/1006/ATO
Why the Algoa Flying Club
It is an organisation that has long established roots and is highly respected in South Africa.
Amongst our members are pilots from all walks of life, which include many seasoned flying instructors and seasoned airline pilots. It’s the shared experience that helps to make the Algoa Flying Club the right place to earn your wings.
Algoa Flying Club and its Flight Training Division had been in existence since 1956. While flying with us is by no means cheap, we keep rates as low as possible, and provide a range of aircraft suited to both training the beginner and the advanced pilot, and allowing qualified pilots to fly for business and pleasure.
We are proud of our high standard of training which, combined with a personal touch and rich history, sets us apart from other training organisations. Uniform high standards and consistent training methods are the hallmarks of our training system. The full range of training for the Private Pilot Licence, Night Rating, Commercial Pilot Licence, Instrument Rating, Airline Transport Pilot Licence and Instructor Rating is offered, either full or part time.
Our instructors are highly qualified professionals who take pride in the high standard of flight training for which our Flight Training Division is known. We have been training pilots since 1956 and proudly maintain the highest training and safety standards.
We boast a fleet of Cessna 150’s, Cessna 152’s, Cessna 172’s, a Cessna 172Rg and a Piper Comanche. We also boast a SACAA Accredited Elite Evolution S812 (FNPT 11) Simulator, which offers Multi Engine Piston based on the Beech Baron B58 and a Single Engine Piston based on the Cessna 172RG.
The Algoa Flying Club
In the mid 1950s, Phil Smulian got together with a number of local aviators, and decided to establish a new flying club, but with membership restricted to currently active pilots and former pilots with flying log book entries to prove their flying status.
The ALGOA FLYING CLUB was inaugurated on the 26th of November, 1956.
The philosophy that formed the basis for the formation of the Club over 65 years ago, is still at the core of the Algoa Flying Club and its Flight Training Division’s success. It is a flying club for pilots and former pilots dedicated to conserving the ethos and the development of power flying and having an unswerving emphasis on maintaining the highest possible standards of training and commitment to safety.
The Club today has approximately 850 members, all of whom must have logged solo flying hours in keeping with this clause in the constitution. The Club is actively involved in general aviation and several members also serve on national bodies representing various facets of the GA community.
Having been involved in flight training since the 1920’s, the Algoa Flying Club and its members today take great pride in the fact that its reputation for excellence in training extends throughout South Africa and even further afield.
THE ALGOA FLYING CLUB FACILITIES
The Secret of Success
The Algoa Flying Club has been home to aviation enthusiasts and pilots alike since 1956. We strive for excellence in the quality, safety, and fun of each flying experience. Our facilities and rental fleet are sure to suit your needs for business, leisure, and everything in between.
Our flight training division has a long history of pilot training with an excellent safety record. The Algoa Flying Club offers comprehensive, personalised, one-on-one fixed wing training, which provides you with all the tools to become a safe and competent SACAA-certified pilot.
Our members are always welcome to hang out, use the flight training facilities, and enjoy the camaraderie that comes with being around those who are passionate about aviation.
In order to utilise the clubs aircraft and facilities an individual must become a full of member of the club.
SACAA EXAM TEST CENTRE
SACAA Examinations are written ‘on-line’ using our computer based Examination Management System in our examination room facility.
Our pilot shop offers a wide range of pilot clothing, bags, pins, books and equipment.We stock Aviation Maps for most of Southern Africa and Charts.
The Algoa Flying Club currently provides 25 Hangars for the club aircraft as well as our members private aircraft. Hangars are leased to club members only as space becomes available.
VAST PILOT NETWORK
The Algoa Flying Club was formed in 1956, which makes us one of the oldest flying institutions in South Africa. Our membership is composed of a diverse group of pilots spanning the breadth of aviation experience worldwide.
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Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our members say:
I found Algoa online when I was looking for an overseas flight school and, when I contacted them, they were clearly a very professional organisation who made the whole process so easy. When I arrived, I found that they are a rare find, being that they are professional, with great staff, instructors and equipment (I’ll never forget Papa-Kilo-Oscar!) as well as having a grass-roots-flying club atmosphere, that makes all students feel welcome and that they belong.
I can’t recommend Algoa enough but then, there’s the area and the wildlife all around – I can still see the whale just under the surface of the sea, that I flew over on base for runway 26 – Fantastic!
Based in UK
I got my private pilot’s licence at AFC before my matric certificate, and school holidays were spent in and around AFC. AFC offered more than just a high standard of training, it was also a place to meet people, make friends and take part in many flying activities. Many pilots who trained at AFC have become very successful in their flying careers. I achieved my first command on the Boeing 727 at the age of 30, and have maintained my command position, currently flying the Bombardier Global XRS.
Captain Chris Bailes
Based in Dubia
I flew my first hour in a Cessna at Algoa Flight Centre and today I land airliners in places like New York, London, Sydney – something I only dreamt about when sitting in the Cessna back home. Algoa Flight Centre’s depth of training experience guided me through to qualifying as a Commercial Pilot. They kept alive the sheer thrill and excitement of flying an aeroplane.
Captain Richard Nezar
Emirates Airlines, Dubai
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Our friendly team of professional flight instructors, ready to help you achieve your aviation dreams.
The Algoa Flying Club and its Flight Training Division’s Instructors are all highly experienced, professional pilots whose real-world flying experience brings you significant flight training advantages. Train and qualify with the best.
Whether you aspire to be a Recreational, Private or Commercial Pilot, or want to add some advanced flying or instrument skills, the Algoa Flying Club’s Flight Training Division will make your aviation dreams come true. We have successfully trained hundreds of pilots since 1956.
Chief Flying Instructor
Grade II Instructor
Grade III Instructor
Cpt Mark Snelgar
Grade II Instructor
Grade III Instructor
Cpt. Shawn Smith
Ground School Instructor
Whatever your aviation ambitions, call us today to book or find out more about our Pilot, Instrument and Advanced Flying courses, or use the enquiry form below and we’ll be in touch.
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