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Private Pilot's Licence

The best way to see if you really do want to invest the considerable time and money to gain your Private Pilot's Licence (PPL) is to start with a trial lesson. If that gives you a buzz, then a short-course of flying lessons is the next logical step, and puts you well on the way to being your own pilot.

LIGHT AIRCRAFT PRIVATE PILOT'S LICENCE

Learn to fly an aeroplane

To gain sense of the thrill of flying an aircraft as well as an appreciation of the time and financial resources that you'll need to devote to a PPL(A), the best place to commence is with a trial flying lesson. If this ignites a flame to continue then a short set of flight training lessons would be the next step.

To understand the areas that you would need to cover see our typical syllabus. If you're wondering how much a PPL will cost, you will need to budget for at least £5,000 - £7,000.


Further reading
Flying lessons Find out more about your first flight in a light aircraft
Flying lessons Start Flying a single-engined aircraft
Flying lessons NPPL (Single-engined Piston Aeroplanes) Training Syllabus
Flying lessons Full JAA Syllabus, JAR FCL Section 1

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HELICOPTER PRIVATE PILOT'S LICENCE

Learn to fly a helicopter

Learning to fly a helicopter is likely to be more expensive that for a light aircraft. To gain sense of the thrill of flying a helicopter as well as an appreciation of the time and financial resources that you'll need to spend on a PPL, the best place to commence is with a A helicopter trial flying lesson is the best place to commence your pilot career. You will be able to gain an appreciation of the skills you will need to master to gain your PPL(H). Follow this up with a short set of flight training lessons to develop a core competency.


The Cost
Costs will vary depending on the total number of hours required to complete your training, but assuming 45 - 60 hours of training, you should budget for £12,000 - £16,000.


Further reading
Flying lessonsBritish Helicopter Advisory Board
Flying lessons Find out more about your first flight in a helicopter
Flying lessons A typical PPL(H) training course syllabus
Flying lessons Start flying a helicopter

 

MICROLIGHT PRIVATE PILOT'S LICENCE

Learn to fly a microlight

To fly a microlight solo and unsupervised with or without a passenger you will need a Private Pilots Licence (Aeroplanes) Microlight. The pre-requisites for obtaining the PPL (A) Microlight are:

  • you must be aged at least 17
  • you must have a valid medical declaration of fitness

To obtain a PPL (A) Microlight licence the applicant must undertake a minimum of 25 hours flying training with a qualified flying instructor, of which 10 hours must be flown solo (termed solo supervision) in the 9 months previous to application. In addition, you will need to pass written examinations set by the CAA at a minimum of 70%. Subjects are: Air Law, Aeroplanes Technical Pt.1, Navigation & Meteorology and Human Performance complete and pass a practical flying test carried out by an examiner.

If this sounds like a challenge that you would like to set yourself, then the best place to start is a microlight trial flying lesson. You can then follow this up with a short set of flight training lessons to develop your base microlight skills.


Further reading
Microlight flying lessons A typical PPL(A) microlight training course syllabus.

 

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