Light Aircraft Pilots Licence

July 27, 2016

To offer Light Aircraft

For those of you who wish to hire or use your own light aircraft, the Private Pilots Licence (PPL) course offers you the training and experience you need – all of our training is approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). If you want to go further and pursue a professional aviation career via the Modular route, the PPL is the first step.

G-GYTO Internal The EASA Private Pilots Licence (PPL) course at Aeros combines both practical flight training and the theoretical knowledge required to fly light aeroplanes or helicopters within the UK and Europe.

The course requires a minimum of forty-five hours flying time – including ten hours solo – ending with a skills test with an examiner. The skills test will examine your general handling and navigation skills.

There are also nine written exams to be completed covering important topics including:

  • Aviation Law
  • Human Performance
  • Meteorology
  • Communications
  • Principles of Flight
  • Operational Procedures
  • Flight Performance & Planning
  • Aircraft General Knowledge, and
  • Navigation

All of the exams are in the multiple-choice format and require a 75% pass mark.

Finally, you must pass a medical examination by a CAA-approved doctor, and pass a practical radio operators exam. Most medicals are straightforward and anyone of average health should pass the medical without any difficulties.

Our dedicated, experienced instructors will support you throughout your training. You can fly as often as you like, but we do recommend that all students should aim to fly at least once a week – regular flying experience plays an important role in the training!

The course is available from all of our bases.

The Private Pilots Licence allows to you to pilot an aircraft during daylight hours in reasonably good weather within the limits of Visual Flight Rules (VFR). To allow you to fly in more challenging conditions, the licence can be upgraded to include the ability to fly in Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) and/or at night.

Also available is the Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL) that offers a slight reduction in flight training required (30 hours instead of 45 hours minimum), but with additional restrictions being placed on what you can do with your licence. The medical requirements for the LAPL are also reduced.

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