As part of Industry 4.0, our training facilities are equipped with state of the art drone simulations which we use for training and mission rehearsals. Digital technologies enables our training methods to be simpler and more effective using a mix of different products to maximize productivity with minimum risks.

The 4IRI Drone Academy is the first drone school in South Africa to offer custom made mission rehearsals for business in terms of risk assessments and effective flight preparations. Digital technologies have advanced virtual interactions in training and productivity using Virtual and Augmented Realities.


The Remote Pilot License (RPL) training course is one of the key requirements for anyone looking to work as a commercial drone pilot within a company with the correct operational permissions (ROC). The training course is divided into two parts: a full week of classroom training (5 full days) – followed by exams and proficiency tests, as well as further one-on-one practical flight training with an instructor. The practical component can take between 4-8 weeks to complete, depending on your skill level and availability

In order to qualify for the South African Private Pilots License (PPL) and Remote Pilots License (RPL), you will need to be at least 18 years of age, a holder of a class 3 medical certificate and English proficiency certificate (min. level 4). A practical flight test needs to be conducted by a grade two flying instructor. The following are the minimum requirements before undertaking the practical flight test:

•   Must be at least 18 years of age
•   Hold a class 3 medical certificate
•   Hold a restricted or general radiotelephony certificate
•   Hold a valid Student Pilot License (applicable to PPL)
•   Hold an ICAO language proficiency certificate (min. level 4)

45 hours total flight time by the end of the course, the 45 hours must include: (applicable to PPL) ≥ 25 dual hours with an instructor ≥ 15 solo hours as PIC ≥ 5 hours cross country PIC


• Air Law
• Meteorology
• Navigation
• Principles of Flight
• Human Performance
• Flight planning
• Aircraft Technical & General
• Radiotelephony