If you are training to qualify for a pilot's licence, you must undergo training at either an approved training
organisation (ATO) or registered training facility (RTF).
Names and details of all ATOs approved by the CAA are found in Standards Document 31. You can download this document
in pdf form using the link below.
Download Standards Document 31: Organisations Conducting Approved Courses of
Flight and Ground Training
Training can also be provided by registered training facilities (RTFs) registered with the UK CAA for the delivery
of training towards the Private Pilot Licence (Aeroplanes) and (Helicopters). Standards Document 30 lists the
organisations in alphabetical order by company or person/sole trader name.
Download Standards Document 30: UK CAA Registered Training Facilities PPL
Aeroplanes and Helicopters
In the event that an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) holder becomes aware that it can no longer comply with the requirements of Part FCL, Part ORA or Part GEN, it is encouraged that a request is put in writing for the Approval Certificate to be revoked, suspended or varied as appropriate.
In the event that action is taken by the CAA without the consent of the ATO, Regulation 6 of the Civil Aviation Authority Regulations 1991 provides an appeal procedure. The reasons upon which the decision is based will be detailed in a notification letter.
Actions taken by the CAA will be justified by clear supporting evidence. In cases where there is a gradual deterioration in competence or a deviation from the regulations or a failure on the operator's part to address significant deficiencies the following actions are considered:
Most flight schools advertise a complete price for the qualifications they offer and also a training rate by the hour. Whilst some schools will offer ‘all inclusive’ packages, this is usually based upon the minimum number of flying hours set out in the licence
requirements. Many students require additional lessons/hours to complete their training. It is important to understand what is included in the pricing and what is not – for example there may be additional costs such as landing fees or ground training instruction.
Many flying schools may offer a discount if you pay more money ‘up front’ and whilst you can make a saving, it should also be considered what will happen if the school or club ceases trading. If payments are made in advance, using a credit card will usually
protect the payment up to a certain amount whilst cheque or bank transfer payments may result in you losing your money. Many people pay per lesson which limits their financial exposure and also gives added flexibility should they wish to call a halt to their training or want to change schools.
The CAA’s regulatory regime covers the safety of flying and certain minimum standards in the training and examination environment. It does not regulate the financial viability of flying schools or clubs so the possession of the regulatory requirements to conduct
flight training should not imply any certification of financial integrity.
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