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About Us

Saphire Blue Drones

Is so much more than a Drone Pilot Training school! We are innovative
aviation professionals and it is our mission to help you understand the benefits of
drones while ensuring safety and compliance is at the forefront of our training.
As a talented group of manned aviation experts, we understand the intricacies of
operating in the South African airspace system and will help you navigate the RPL
license process from start to finish. Commercial drone pilot training is our passion.
We take pride in giving our students the best learning environment and experience
and our core values are at the heart of everything we do.

Why Choose Us?

We will guide you with professional drone pilot training skills.

At Saphire Blue, you will learn from experts in both manned and unmanned
aviation. Our CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) accredited training course will
guide you through all the theory and practice required to obtain your South African Remote Pilot License.

Our drone pilot training is your first step in qualifying to commercially operate a multi-rotor RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) under the auspices of a company that holds a ROC (RPAS Operators’ Certificate) in South Africa.

Training

Remote Pilot License Training

 

 

Our Drone Pilot training course is CAA compliant and once successfully completed, you will be able to operate under
the auspices of a company that holds a ROC which conforms to CAA standards.

Feel free to explore the CAA website and get a deeper insight into the different regulations.

Our RPL course teaches you not only the theory required to operate safely as a drone pilot, but also goes above and beyond by teaching you intangible pilot skills like communications, briefing and leadership to help you reach your full potential as a professional drone pilot and give you the best start possible.

Our drone pilot training is always up-to-date and relevant, satisfying not just the CAA requirements, but also
preparing you for your first venture as a commercial drone operator. In addition,

Saphire Blue Drones never cancels a course, which means your booking is always guaranteed!

 

What does the course include?

Ground School (5 days)
Do you already hold a Pilot license?

Then you can follow the Fast Track course and only attend the first three days of the ground school.
o Air Law
o Navigation and Flight planning
o Aircraft Technical and General
o Principles of Flight
o Human Factors
o Meteorology
o Restricted radio telephony 

Every subject is followed by an exam.

A score of 75% or above is required to pass.

Practical Flight training – The practical one-on-one training is booked according to your schedule.

Drone pilot training lessons consist of practical flying instruction initially on small beginner drones followed by the DJI Phantom 4 in atti mode.

The total duration of the practical training will depend on the skills and experience of each student. Availability and weather conditions also need to be considered.

 

Saphire Blue Drone students can count on:

o Operations Manual development + review
o Course study manual + pilot checklists
o Lunch during ground school training
o All exams for ground school (first attempt only)
o Ongoing support for Saphire Blue graduates
o DFE test (first attempt only)
o RPL application with CAA
Guaranteed booking (we never cancel a course!)

Entry CAA REQUIREMENTS

(before commencement of the course)

Class 3 aviation medical certification

English proficiency level 4 or higher certification

You must be 18 or older

 

RPL Instructor Training

Our RPL Instructor course is Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) compliant and once
successfully completed, you will be able to coach student RPL pilots to obtain their
RPL license.
Our Instructor course teaches you not only the required theory to instruct within
an adult student environment, but also goes above and beyond by equipping you
with skills like communications, briefing and leadership. Thus, enabling you to
reach your full potential as a professional drone pilot instructor and ensuring the
best start possible in this fast-growing industry.

Our drone pilot training is always up-to-date and relevant, going beyond CAA requirements.

What does the course include?

Ground School (5 days)
The first part of your RPL Instructor license is theoretical based on the FAA Aviation Instruction Handbook and addition practical presentation practices are incorporated.

 

The subjects covered:

o Human Behaviour
o The learning processes
o Effective communication
o The teaching processes
o Planning instructional activity
o Instructor responsibilities and professionalism
o Techniques of flight instruction
o Risk Management
o Airman-ship
o Flight planning
o Preparing a student for a skill test
o Air Law – PART 101
o How to prepare a briefing

Practical Briefings and Patter training

The practical one-on-one briefing consists of preparing the briefings in your own time and conducting 10h of briefing with an instructor. A briefing may also consist of giving a ground school theory subject under the supervision of an instructor. When the briefings are successfully completed, 3h of patter training remains under the supervision of a qualified instructor.

As soon as the above-mentioned training is completed and the letter of
recommendation is issued, the skill test with a DFE (Designated Flight Examiners) is carried out. 

Saphire Blue students can count on:

o Operations Manual development + review
o Course study manual + pilot checklists
o Lunch during ground school training
o All exams for ground school (first attempt)
o Ongoing support for Saphire Blue graduates
o DFE test (first attempt)
o IPL application with CAA
o Guaranteed booking (we never cancel a course!)
o Entry CAA REQUIREMENTS (before commencement of the course)
o Valid RPL license

AVSEC-RPAS (initial and renewal)

Got your RPL? Well done!

Now take the final step to be ready to work under the auspices of a company that holds a ROC conforming to the CAA standards.

I hear you… “another course”?!

Operating under PART 101 implies that all personnel employed in the deployment, handling, and storage of RPAS have received security awareness training as prescribed in Part 109. This one-day course introduces you to the security measures and regulations that you will need to know to work responsibly within the industry. It also covers the current threats to civil aviation; how the civil aviation security regulations & international organisations operate.

The course will also discuss the importance of enforcing security within work areas, how to respond and report an emergency situation and preventative actions to prevent unlawful acts using RPAS equipment.
After successfully completing the drone pilot training course and the exam, you’ll receive a certificate which is valid for two years.

Drone Operations

Saphire Blue differentiates itself by taking operations with unmanned aircraft very seriously.

Our clients require a reliable professional for high quality inspections,
aerial surveys and aerial imagery. 

By taking quality and safety seriously and engaging with our client and local aviation authorities, Saphire Blue ensures a professional, fully insured safe service provider for any mission. Saphire Blue operates under a RPAS Operators Certificate as specified by the SACAA.

Contact us below to inquire about joining a drone pilot training course..

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ADDRESS

Nelspruit Airport

Hanger No. J1-A
Nelspruit,
Mpumalanga
1201
South Africa

Email: drone@saphireblue.co.za

Tel: +27 (0)76 401 95 60