Private Pilots Licence
Getting your Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL)
It has never been easier or more enjoyable to become a pilot. If you are aged 16 or over and prepared to make time for lessons, you too can discover the thrill of flying an aircraft yourself.
You can start with a flying lesson gift experience. Then, once you’ve discovered just how exhilarating the experience is, you can work your way towards achieving an EASA Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). This will allow you to fly solo and to carry passengers. The EASA PPL is an international license allowing you to exercise its privileges anywhere in the world. Once you become an EASA PPL holder, you can hop across the channel for a day trip to France!
What will I have to do?
To obtain a PPL, you’ll need to have at least 45 hours of flying experience – the minimum required by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). This can take longer depending on your commitment and frequency to fly. You’ll need to pass a flight test, a RadioTelephoney practical test, and nine written multiple-choice exams about subjects such as navigation and meteorology. You’ll also need to pass a medical before you can fly solo.
The minimum 45 hours of flight training including:
DUAL – 25 hours of dual training with a qualified instructor.
SOLO – 10 hours of solo flight including:
five hours of navigation
qualifying cross-country flight involving landings at two other aerodromes, total distance 150nm
(Before flying solo, you must be in possession of at least a class II medical certificate).
The Flight Test lasts approximately 2.5 hours and covers all the elements practiced during the course including navigation. It is designed to ensure you have achieved the required standard for obtaining a license.
You will have to sit 9 written, mainly multiple choice examinations with a minimum 75% pass mark in:
Aircraft General Knowledge
Flight Planning & Performance
Human Performance & Limitations
Principles of Flight
The theoretical exams will be considered complete when a pass in all parts has been achieved within 18 months and will be valid for application within 24 months of successful completion.
A pass in both multiple-choice written paper and a practical (simulated flight) exercise are required for the issue of a Flight Radio Telephony Operator’s (FRTO) Licence. This license entitles the holder to operate the radio equipment in the aircraft and is a requirement before the pilot’s license is issued. We have Instructors who will teach the finer points whilst flying, and our CAA Authorised FRTO Examiner will see you through the tests.