The Private Pilot Licence permits you to act as the pilot in command of an aircraft for private use. A comprehensive qualification, the PPL syllabus includes both practical flight training and ground based study – Everything you will need to know to pass the final flight test and obtain your licence. The JAR (Joint Aviation Requirements) Licence is valid throughout the UK and Europe and is usually acceptable worldwide subject to individual national requirements.
You must be a minimum of 17 years old to obtain your licence (you may start training from the age of 14 and solo at 16) and you must hold a CAA Class 2 medical certificate prior to flying solo. You can obtain this certificate by attending a brief medical examination with an Aero Medical Examiner (AME); we will tell you how to arrange this when you start your course.
If you haven't flown before, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requires you to spend
a minimum of 45 hours in the air before you can take your final Skills Test, which
is the aircraft equivalent of a driving test. 25 hours must be dual (with an instructor)
and 10 hours solo with you acting as pilot-
1. Air Law (to be passed before your first solo flight)
4. Flight Performance & Planning
5. Aircraft General Principles of Flight
6. Human Performance & Limitations
7. Radio Telephony