Aviation Training Organisation

Less than 1% of South Africans are licensed to fly.

Kishugu ATO provides aviation training courses on a full- or part time basis. Our students graduate with a recognised Private Pilot Licence (PPL) or Commercial Pilot License (CPL), whether for recreational flying or a career in aviation. We structure our courses around our clients’ needs and time frames.



One of Kishugu’s core values is excellence. We aim to provide our clients with high-quality flight training and all the practical experience they need to take their careers to the skies. By doing you Private Pilots License (PPL) at Kishugu Aviation Training Organisation, you have the advantage of flying in an advanced aircraft during your ab initio training which takes you through the ranks quicker.

Another benefit is that Kishugu is a firefighting company with a massive fleet of firefighting aircraft which need to be ferried across the country for the winter and summer fire seasons each year. This places you, the Private Pilots License (PPL) holder, who needs to build up hours for your Commercial Pilots License (CPL), in a position to ferry aircraft across the country. Not only do you build up to 32 hours over two years out of the 150 hours you need, but you also save up to R70,000 on these hours as the company carries the cost of ferrying aircraft.

Our training academy is based at the Nelspruit Airfield, which is located close to the control area of Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA). Our location provides our students with a professional and educational environment, as we often train at KMIA.


Pilots form part of an elite group who get to see the world from a breath-taking point of view. Your licence to fly, unlocks a lifelong adventure – remote and exotic destinations become within your reach.

Endless career opportunities, such as becoming a commercial airline pilot, charter pilot, military and armed forces pilot, flight instructor, game capturing pilot and many more, opens up to you when you start training at our ATO.

Pupil to Private pilot and commercial certification.

Kishugu ATO offers students flight training from pupil to private pilot and commercial certification.

The academy is staffed by some of the most respected pilot trainers in the country and our instructors comply with global ICAO standards.

With up to 10,000 hours of training experience, our instructors are experienced pilots and pilot trainers, dedicated to helping our students succeed.


  • Student Pilot License (16 Years+)
  • Private Pilot License (PPL) for fixed wing or rotor blade aircraft
  • Commercial Pilot License (CPL)
  • Night Rating
  • Instrument Flight Rating
  • Multi Engine Rating
  • Type Ratings
  • Turbine Ratings
  • Dangerous Goods
  • Crew Resource Management
  • Language Proficiency
  • Instrument Rating
  • Radio Telephony
  • Class Rating
  • Turbo Jet Rating.


Want to do a PPL?

Full time or part time?

Where we operate

Our main facility is located at the Nelspruit Airfield. Contact one of our dedicated pilot trainers to discuss your training requirements.

T: +27 13 741 8006

Where we operate

Our workshop is located at Nelspruit Airfield. Our dedicated technicians often travel to various bases in the country to maintain aircraft in the field.