Intro Flight

Start your helicopter training journey with and into flight, the fundamental understanding of what we are about, click the title for more info.

Private Pilot Licence

The Private Pilot Licence (Helicopter) is the first basic course you will undertake, either as a licence for your future recreational flying or as the first step on your path to becoming a professional Commercial Pilot.

Commercial Pilot Licence

The Commercial Pilot Licence (Helicopter) course is normally run in parallel with the Instrument Rating so when you finish you have qualified for both. This makes you more employable.

Night Rating

The Night Rating is done as part of the Commercial Pilot Licence course but can also be done as a stand-alone rating for someone just doing a PPL.

Instructors Rating

The examinations for the Instructor Rating can be attempted once you have passed all of the examinations for the Commercial Pilot Licence (you do not have to have completed the full CPL flying hours).

Instrument, Type & Special Ratings

The Instrument Rating (IR) is normally combined with the Commercial Pilot Licence. It can however be done separately/after the CPL and can also be done as a rating on a PPL.


A little about us.


Helicopter Pilot Training Centre has been training helicopter pilots of exceptional standard since 2005, with the most professional and enthusiastic instructors in South Africa, The HPTC family is always pushing their students to excel in every aspect of their helicopter flying. If you have serious aviation ambitions and have decided on a flying career and you are aiming for the top, why not start training for your goal from day one? Whether you want to become a professional helicopter pilot or you simply want to benefit from the proven safety-enhancing techniques in your private flying, our training is better. At HPTC, we believe a helicopter flight school should offer flexible, one-on-one flight training, tailored to each student. As a result, we teach to just the individual, not a classroom of people. We take a personal interest in you.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS We are committed to assisting international students. Visa letters are provided for the South African Embassy in whichever country you reside and will be sent to you via courier. Email us for more information. Contact us to secure your future as a helicopter pilot

Contact Us

  • +27415810327
  • Helicopter Pilot Training Centre, Boeing Road, Port Elizabeth Airport, Walmer, Port Elizabeth, SA


My entire life I have chased the dream of flying on my own, and that dream was finally realized at one of the best Aviation Schools in the Africa if not the World, Helicopter Pilot Training Center in Port Elizabeth South Africa. I was blessed to live in Port Elizabeth and found this school to accomplish my goal. From the moment I walked in the doors I felt welcome and taken seriously. Now that might sound odd to say but at that time I was a 55 year old female from North America with a dream to fly, not your average walk-in student. Megan Anderssen, the Office Administrator, immediately made me feel welcome and understood the dream I was chasing. My personal schedule was hectic and interrupted more times than I would like to remember but at HPTC they worked with me and helped keep me on track. What I love about this school is their professionalism, their dedication to safety for everyone involved, and an honest desire to support everyone so they can accomplish their goals. HPTC, were extremely organized, engaged in consistent procedures, always put safety first...
Brenda Spangenberg

Brenda Spangenberg

Proud owner of Helicopter PPL
I obtained my PPL in December 2015, following flight and theory training at the Helicopter Pilot Training Centre (HPTC) and continue to fly helicopters from there. The HPTC has recently undergone a fantastic revival under the new management of Mark Rochat (CFI) supported by Megan Anderssen (Operations Manager) and Andrew Shaw (Safety Officer). The energy and drive that they have put into the school since they took over is noticeable and has given new life to the training and overall flying experience. They are friendly and extremely helpful at all times and have come up with a number of new initiatives to improve the school with safety featuring very high on the agenda. I wish them every future success in their endeavour and can only see the school going from strength to strength. I would highly recommend the Helicopter Pilot Training Centre in Port Elizabeth for any new students who wish to become part of the rotary wing flying fraternity!
Gordon Maclear

Gordon Maclear

I must say HPTC is second to none due to the high standard of quality training that the institution provides. The team is very welcoming and accommodating. Therefore I would not hesitate to recommend HPTC to anyone wanting to do Helicopter flying lessons. If you want to fly, HPTC is the place for you! I enjoyed being at HPTC. Anthony Lesa Zambia
Anthony Lesa

Anthony Lesa

HPTC - It never occurred to me that I would one day be a helicopter pilot, an opportunity came up to do so with my dad and 12 months later I had my licence. Sounds easy but I can assure you that it was not, one of the biggest advantages I had was being taught by Mark Rochat from HPTC. Mark’s ability to relay the theory to you in a way that is beyond his young age is a talent that I believe is unrivalled in many industries let alone flying. Mark’s helicopter handling skills and his attention to the fine detail during instruction is remarkable, he has a unique way of teaching you while enjoying what he is doing. This enjoyment and enthusiasm in what he does is easily passed on to you as his student. He is the type of person that you want to spend the time flying with which makes doing you licence all that much more enjoyable. A professional approach without losing sight of the fact that we want to enjoy the experience as much as possible. Highly recommended Heli Training School.
Clinton Mackintosh

Clinton Mackintosh

MD & Cyanosis Adventure Racing Team – Captain


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