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PPL Validity

Unread post by BallsOfFire » Mon May 06, 2019 6:55 pm

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I must be getting old :)....

Where to I find, how long a PPL valid is, what is required to keep it active, and if you did not fly the last 12 months what is needed?

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Re: PPL Validity

Unread post by aTrolley » Tue May 07, 2019 6:51 am

Good day,

A PPL is valid for 10 years, provided that the fees are paid, medical is current and you maintain competency (61.03.06).
To maintain competency a revalidation check is required after 12months after the initial skills test, and following every 24 months (61.03.07).
If the holder does not maintain competency by doing the revalidation check ground training at an ATO to reach a sufficient standard to pass the revalidation check, and also pass the revalidation check. Assuming it has not lapsed for more than 36months. (61.03.07 (2a))

Hope that helps.
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Re: PPL Validity

Unread post by Dish » Tue May 07, 2019 10:54 am

Also please be very aware that whilst the license is valid for two years after your first renewal, it is n fact not. There is a "currency requirement" (fees to be paid) after 12 months. Failure to pay these fees negates the validity of your license. So essentially a PPL that is current is valid for 12 months. One only needs to do a check ride every 24 months but 12 months for annual fees.
The CAA requires a fee of 480 ZAR and certified copies of your logbook (summarized last 12 months) - the process is a 3 - 5 working day process. just be aware of that.
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Re: PPL Validity

Unread post by STEEL » Tue May 07, 2019 1:28 pm

Just remember, after 3 years of no flying/ renewals, you will need to rewrite Air Law, and undergo groundschool and training at an ATO...
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Re: PPL Validity

Unread post by paulw » Tue May 07, 2019 9:45 pm

STEEL wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 1:28 pm
Just remember, after 3 years of no flying/ renewals, you will need to rewrite Air Law, and undergo groundschool and training at an ATO...
Not exactly. Renewals yes, flying no. There could be more than 3 years of no flying but last revalidation/renewal is less than 3 years.
If more than 3 Years after your license expired due to not doing revalidation (the every 24 months revalidation), then the above.


Else if less than 3 years since last revalidation:
Do a few hours with instructor to ensure too be current again
Do revalidation flight test (no theory exams)
Ensure valid Medical
Update logbook with correct summary which should be past 13 months flown. ie 1 January 2018 till 31 January 2019
Pay your fee's at CAA

If less than 24 months since last revalidation, then do a check ride with instructor for your own safety.

It is in the Regs and discussed here on AVCOM a few times
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Re: PPL Validity

Unread post by Francois Duvenhage » Tue May 07, 2019 10:29 pm

My 10 years coming up what do I have to do to renew
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Re: PPL Validity

Unread post by Mrb13676 » Wed May 08, 2019 3:33 pm

OK. here is another one.. what happens if you don't do your revalidation by the end of the month 1 year after you get your PPL for the first time?
There is no real clarity on this apart from possibly having to get permission from the Director to extend validity for 30days?
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Re: PPL Validity

Unread post by paulw » Wed May 08, 2019 9:38 pm

Mrb13676 wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 3:33 pm
OK. here is another one.. what happens if you don't do your revalidation by the end of the month 1 year after you get your PPL for the first time?
There is no real clarity on this apart from possibly having to get permission from the Director to extend validity for 30days?
I suppose to not fly till you have done the revalidation test and passed? SOunds easier than to get CAA Directors permission....
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Re: PPL Validity

Unread post by Dusty Eagle » Mon May 13, 2019 10:56 am

The renewal period changes from 2 years to one after you reach 60years of age.

This is a good question below from Francois...
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Re: PPL Validity

Unread post by southside » Tue May 14, 2019 1:39 pm

I have never understood why it states that it is valid for 10 years. What about the grey beard guys who have been flying for decades? They do there renewals and pay the applicable fees and that's that....after renewing for 10 years, there is no additional requirement one has to meet.

If you let your license lapse by 60 months you have to comply with the original requirements not so? So who knows what the 10 years means.
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Re: PPL Validity

Unread post by Snitch » Sun May 19, 2019 9:13 pm

I asked at the CAA desk last time during my renewal about the 10 year thing, the answer was “dont worry that's been scrapped and thus it is no longer printed on the license papers. All you need is to continue your normal 12 month requirements”

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