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The Airplane Private Pilot’s Licence

The aim of the PPL (A) course is to train the student pilot to fly effectively and safely under Visual Flight Rules (VFR).

The applicant can start logging hours when they are 14 years, they are allowed to fly supervised solo when they are 16 years old and can hold a PPL (A) at the age of 17 years.
The minimum training requirement for a person with no other aviation experience to gain a PPL (A) is 45 hours.
This is broken down into different sectors as below:
  • 25 hours minimum dual instruction
  • 10 hours minimum solo flight (of which 5 hours must be solo navigation)
  • 1 solo qualifying cross country of a distance of 150 nautical miles with 3 full stop landings at different aerodromes.
  • 5 hours of simulated instrument flight (with no reference to the outside horizon)
There are also 9 multiple choice ground exams that must be passed in order to gain a PPL (A). These are essential as the knowledge that you will gain when studying these subjects will be used in everyday aviation one you have gained your licence. The exams are listed below.
  • Aviation Law
  • Operational Procedures
  • Human Performance & Limitations
  • Navigation and Radio Aids
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Principles of Flight
  • Flight Performance & Planning
  • Navigation
  • Radio Communication
One Radio Communication oral exam must be completed as well as the written exam.
All of these exams can be taken on-site.

If you have any further queries you can call us on 01286 830800 or click here to email an instructor.