The aircrew qualifications for joining the Air Force Reserve Squadrons is a minimum of a private pilots license (PPL) with an instrument (IF) rating and in excess of 500 hours. However, it was decided in 2003 that the 500 hours of flying time be reduced to 200 hours, after which a recruit had to be co-piloted for a further 300 hours to make up the 500 hours. An additional requirement is that every member must either own their own aircraft or have access to one.
Volunteers who meet the criteria may be required to undertake some form of basic military training if they have no military background. All prospective pilots have to undergo a wings test with a Category A-1 SAAF instructor in order to determine a minimum level of flying proficiency.
Those pilots who pass this test are awarded their wings at the same wings parade as regular SAAF trainees at the CFS.
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