There are two types of Private Pilot’s Licence for fixed wing aircraft.
Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL)
The EASA Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL) requires a minimum of 30 hours flying training which includes at least 15 hours of dual flight instructions and 6 hours of solo flight time (of which 3 is cross country flying)
An LAPL allows the licence holder to fly in the UK and other European airspace.
The Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL) allows the licence holder to fly single engine aircraft of up to 2000kg, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers (carrying passengers only after you have passed your test and completed 10hrs of additional flight time)
An LAPL medical can be conducted by your GP or AME, and is required for licence issue.
There are a number of ground exams to complete which can be done as you go along with your training, our highly experienced and qualified PTT instructions will provide full support through all aspects of your ground theory training and examinations.
- Air Law
- Human Performance
- Aircraft General Knowledge
- Flight Performance and Planning
- Principles of Flight
- Operational Procedures
Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL)
The EASA PPL requires a minimum of 45 hours flying training which includes at least 25 hours of dual flight instruction and 10 hours of solo flight time (of which 5 is cross country flying)
A PPL allows the licence holder to fly in UK and other European Airspace, and also many other countries (usually with a small conversion to a local licence). The weight and passenger limit on the LAPL is removed.
A Class 2 medical certificate is required for solo flight with a PPL and can be issued by an Aviation Medical Examiner, usually a GP approved by the CAA.
The ground exams for the PPL are the same as the LAPL exams above.
If you already hold an LAPL, you can upgrade to a PPL by completing:
- At least 15 hours of flight time on aeroplanes after the issue of the LAPL (A), of which at least 10 hours should be flight instruction at an ATO (i.e a school).
- This flight instruction must include 4 hours of supervised solo flight, of which at least 2 hours must be solo cross country, with at least 1 cross country flight of 270km (150NM) or more, plus full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the departure aerodrome.
EASA PPL holders can build on the basic PPL privileges by attaching additional ratings to their licences such as
- Night rating
- Restricted Instrument Rating
- Multi-engine Piston Rating (MEP)
- PPL Instrument Rating (PPL/IR)