TENSHO is an African company which understands the requirements and challenges of training pilots in a diverse and multicultural environment.

  • Commercial pilot training.
  • Tactical pilot training for law enforcement.
  • Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) Training.

Tensho offers helicopter PPL, CPL, ATP and tactical pilot training in a unique environment at the Tensho Training Academy located close to the Pilanesberg nature reserve known as “the Farm”. Our tactical pilot training program and Tactical Flight Officer training program are the only programs of their kind in Africa, Europe, Asia and South America.

Full time and part time students are housed at the Farm, which includes; Lodge type accommodation, 3 meals per day, housekeeping, laundry and wifi.

PPL (Private Pilots License)


  • Be at least 16 years of age to go solo
  • Be at least 17 years of age to obtain a Private Pilot’s License
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand English
  • Class 1 or 2 Aviation Medical

Theoretical Courses and Examinations:

These elements can be completed before, during or after the required flight hours have been obtained

  • Radio Telephony: Restricted Radio License
  • Air Law
  • Aircraft General – Engines & Airframes
  • Human Performance
  • Principals of Flight (Aerodynamics)
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • General Navigation

Tensho offers full ground school classes and facilitation of the above SACAA exams

CPL (Commercial Pilots License)


  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Class I Aviation Medical
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand English

Theoretical Courses and Examinations:

  • Radio Aids
  • Air Law & Operational Procedures
  • Aircraft Technical & General (Aerodynamics)
  • Human Performance & Limitations
  • Instruments & Electronics
  • Aviation Meteorology
  • General Navigation & Plotting
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Radio Telephony: General Radio License Complete

Tensho offers full ground school classes and facilitation of the above SACAA exams.

ATP (Airline Transport Pilots License)

Tensho provides in-depth ground school and flight training in preparation for the ATP theory and flight exams.

Tactical Pilot Training - (Course duration 50 Hours)


Rotor Wing CPL

Module 1

  • Tactical theory and mindset
  • Tactical equipment
  • Tactical radio procedures and lingo
  • Legal policies and restrictions
  • Preparation for flight

Module 2

  • Managing tactical crew members
  • Aerial reconnaissance and surveillance
  • Escape, evasion, concealment and cover

Module 3

  • Providing tactical support to ground operations
  • Vehicle pursuits
  • Foot pursuits
  • Managing K9’s
  • Managing multiple aircraft operations
  • Managing Low viz, low-level operations
  • Fundamentals of thermal imaging
  • Night operations

Module 4

  • Airborne gunnery: Receiving and giving fire
  • Explosives, shock waves and shrapnel
  • Landing on unstable and uneven surfaces – skid on / skid off
  • Hoisting and slinging
  • Ground force deployment techniques - fast roping / abseiling
  • Deploying/retrieving personnel into/from water from a moving/static aircraft platform.

Practical Flight Test

  • Simulated tactical and rescue mission

Helicopter Ratings and conversions

  • Piston and Turbine conversions
  • Instrument Rating
  • Game Capture Rating
  • Night Rating
  • Type Ratings
  • Instructor Rating
  • Sling ratings
  • NVG Training

Tactical Flight Officer (TFO) Training

5 Day course

Tactical Flight Officers (TFO) offer tactical onboard support to police and private security helicopter pilots to obtain tactical aerial mission success. Tensho’s TFO training program provides the student with the necessary skills required to assist pilots to conduct aerial operations ranging from routine patrols, surveillance, suspect apprehension and search-and-rescue operations. The training reassures that the mission is conducted in a safe and controlled manner.

Course content

Day 1

  • Basic aeronautical navigation
  • Moving map navigation

Day 2

  • Cockpit safety procedures
  • Emergency Landing procedures and direct action drills

Day 3

  • Cockpit communications and language
  • Vehicle pursuit tactics and ground unit co-ordination
  • Foot and vehicle pursuit observation tactics and ground unit co-ordination

Day 4

  • Ground Practical - 9 hours ground simulations (Incorporating Day1,2,3 theory)

Day 5

  • 7am – 12pm: Recap of day 4 and preparation for simulation. Continue to 1 hour helicopter mission simulation (Real Time Mission - Vehicle Pursuit and foot pursuit)
  • 2pm – 3pm: Recap of completed mission simulation
  • 3pm - 4pm Final evaluation (Vehicle pursuit and emergency landing) 1hour helicopter mission.


Note: The student can apply for finance for this course through any of the major SA Banks.

It has been the student's experience that Capitec is more user friendly.

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