History of CTFTC

Back in 2003, there was already demand for a cost-effective but high quality flying training environment in the Cape Town area. This was the motivation for setting up Cape Town Flight Training Centre (CTFTC) at Cape Winelands Airport (formerly Fisantekraal Airfield).

From the first day of operation CTFTC has offered, and continues to offer, the most professional and cost-effective flight training in the Western Cape.

From small beginnings the school has gone from strength to strength. We now boast a staff of 25 people including 11 full time instructors and a fleet of nine aircraft.

All aspects of private and professional flying training are catered for, and we look forward to the pending introduction of Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT).

Our safety record throughout the entire period of operation remains unblemished – a testament to the professionalism of the organisation and our staff.

Through the years a great many of our former pupils, having achieved their qualifications with CTFTC, have gone on successfully to take positions in the aviation industry as flight crew. We invite you to our former pupils page for more details.

About You

You may be paying your own way. You may be sponsored by parents. You may be lucky enough to be commercially sponsored. Although there is no minimum educational requirement to get started, you will already have a high standard of self-discipline, a strong sense of responsibility and be dedicated to your goals. Contact us if you want the very best in flying training.

Official Accreditation

Cape Town Flight Training Centre (CTFTC) is a licensed Aviation Training Organisation (ATO) of the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). We are required to conform to international standards as set out by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and must pass formal audit by the SACAA on an annual basis. The SACAA is in turn audited by the FAA (USA) and EASA (European) authorities.

About Us

CTFTC is committed to providing the highest standard of flight training available for those wishing to work towards their private or commercial Licence.

We also offer a comprehensive range of services to qualified aviators who are interested in advancing their ability, or simply keeping their Licences current.

At CTFTC you will be personally guided through each stage of your training programme – from the first, introductory flight – all the way through to the day you receive your qualification.

Your training course will be customised according to your own time and financial constraints. Through the example set by our highly professional instructors, we wish to inspire each and every student to continually strive to improve his/her competency, either as a recreational or professional pilot.

We hope this website provides you with all you need know about us. However, we would love for you to come and visit us at Cape Winelands Airport (formerly Fisantekraal Airfield), discuss your objectives in person, and perhaps take an Introductory Flight to experience what flying is all about.

We look forward to meeting you!

The CTFTC Team

CTFTC employs a team of highly qualified and competent staff. Meet them below.

Our Fleet

CTFTC operates the most modern fleet of aircraft in South Africa. The fleet contains aircraft for every aspect of training for Private and Professional Pilot’s Licences.

Diamond
DA20-C1 Eclipse

Piper
PA-28 Warrior

Piper
PA28R-200 Arrow

Piper
PA34-200T Seneca II

ALSIM 250
FNPT II

SIMUFLIGHT
FNPT II

Diamond DA20-C1 Eclipse
Application
PPL and Night Rating.
Description
Modern, high efficiency low-wing primary trainer, certified for spinning and night flying. 21st century design with excellent strength, handling and operational efficiency.
Number of Aircraft in Fleet4
CapacityPilot + one passenger
Payload550lbs (250kg)
Max takeoff weight:1,760lbs (800kg)
Powerplant:125HP
Rate of Climb:920 feet per minute
Cruise speed:127 kts
Maximum Range: 510 Nautical Miles
Service ceiling:15,500 ft
Piper PA28 Warrior
Application
PPL, Night Rating, Instrument Rating, Hour Building.
Description
Modern certified low-wing general trainer. Strong and stable with excellent range/endurance.
Number of Aircraft in Fleet3
CapacityPilot + three passengers
Payload825Ibs (375kg)
Max takeoff weight:2,325lbs
Powerplant:160HP
Rate of Climb:720 feet per minute
Cruise speed:120 kts
Maximum Range: 600 Nautical Miles
Service ceiling:14500 ft
Piper PA28R-200 Arrow
Application
CPL, Instrument Rating.
Description
Certified Complex Trainer. Excellent performance for procedural training.
Number of Aircraft in fleet1
CapacityPilot + three passengers
Payload1,150Ibs (520kg)
Max takeoff weight:2,600lbs
Powerplant:200HP
Rate of Climb:910 feet per minute
Cruise speed:144 kts
Maximum Range: 704 Nautical Miles
Service ceiling:15,000 ft
Piper PA34-200R Seneca II
Application
CPL, Instrument Rating, Multi-Engine Rating, ATPL
Description
Certified Multi-Engine. Excellent performance for procedural training.
Number of Aircraft in Fleet1
CapacityPilot + five passengers
Payload1,782 lbs (810kg)
Max takeoff weight:4570 lbs
Powerplant:2 × 200HP Turbo Charged
Rate of Climb:1340 feet per minute
Cruise speed:189 kts
Maximum Range: 991 Nautical Miles
Service ceiling:25,000 ft
Single engine Service ceiling:13,400 ft
ALSIM 250 FNPT II
Description
FNPT II Simulator
Cerification
Certified to conduct aspects of the training for PPL, NR, CPL, Instrument Rating, Instructor Rating and Multi-Engine training.
Renewals
Approved for CPL/IR and Instructors Rating renewals.
Number in Fleet1
SIMUFLIGHT FNPT II
Description
FNPT II Simulator
Cerification
Certified to conduct aspects of the training for PPL, NR, CPL, Instrument Rating, Instructor Rating and Multi-Engine training.
Renewals
Approved for CPL/IR, ATPL and Instructors Rating renewals.
Number in Fleet1
Diamond DA20-C1 Eclipse
Application
PPL and Night Rating.
Description
Modern, high efficiency low-wing primary trainer, certified for spinning and night flying. 21st century design with excellent strength, handling and operational efficiency.
Number of Aircraft in Fleet4
CapacityPilot + one passenger
Payload550lbs (250kg)
Max takeoff weight:1,760lbs (800kg)
Powerplant:125HP
Rate of Climb:920 feet per minute
Cruise speed:127 kts
Maximum Range: 510 Nautical Miles
Service ceiling:15,500 ft
Piper PA-28 Warrior
Application
PPL, Night Rating, Instrument Rating, Hour Building.
Description
Modern certified low-wing general trainer. Strong and stable with excellent range/endurance.
Number of Aircraft in Fleet3
CapacityPilot + three passengers
Payload825Ibs (375kg)
Max takeoff weight:2,325lbs
Powerplant:160HP
Rate of Climb:720 feet per minute
Cruise speed:120 kts
Maximum Range: 600 Nautical Miles
Service ceiling:14500 ft
Piper PA28R-200 Arrow
Application
CPL, Instrument Rating.
Description
Certified Complex Trainer. Excellent performance for procedural training.
Number of Aircraft in fleet1
CapacityPilot + three passengers
Payload1,150Ibs (520kg)
Max takeoff weight:2,600lbs
Powerplant:200HP
Rate of Climb:910 feet per minute
Cruise speed:144 kts
Maximum Range: 704 Nautical Miles
Service ceiling:15,000 ft
Piper PA34-200T Seneca II
Application
CPL, Instrument Rating, Multi-Engine Rating, ATPL
Description
Certified Multi-Engine. Excellent performance for procedural training.
Number of Aircraft in Fleet1
CapacityPilot + five passengers
Payload1,782 lbs (810kg)
Max takeoff weight:4570 lbs
Powerplant:2 × 200HP Turbo Charged
Rate of Climb:1340 feet per minute
Cruise speed:189 kts
Maximum Range: 991 Nautical Miles
Service ceiling:25,000 ft
Single engine Service ceiling:13,400 ft
ALSIM FNPT II
Description
FNPT II Simulator
Cerification
Certified to conduct aspects of the training for PPL, NR, CPL, Instrument Rating, Instructor Rating and Multi-Engine training.
Renewals
Approved for CPL/IR and Instructors Rating renewals.
Number in Fleet1
SIMUFLIGHT FNPT II
Description
FNPT II Simulator
Cerification
Certified to conduct aspects of the training for PPL, NR, CPL, Instrument Rating, Instructor Rating and Multi-Engine training.
Renewals
Approved for CPL/IR, ATPL and Instructors Rating renewals.
Number in Fleet1

Former Pupils

The people featured here are a few of the many CTFTC Former Pupils who have gone to work in the aviation industry as Professional Pilots.

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Bjarne Graupe
Francois Strydom
Idris Mazar
Jacques Louw
Lee Jacobs
Micheal Metcalf
Morten Hibbin
Richard Timmis
Roald Maartens
Ryan Desmond
Ryan Outram
Warren Gedye