Initial Application for a PPL(A) Licence

How to apply

Description


The EASA PPL(A) licence allows you to fly Annex I aircraft (issued with an EASA Certificate of Airworthiness (C of A)) and Annex II aircraft (holding a UK C of A, or permit to fly aircraft, if permitted by the certificate held, in UK Airspace) that fall within the privileges of the licence and the valid ratings included in the licence.

 

If you are planning to convert an ICAO licence please refer to CAP 804, Part I, Section 4, Part Q, Subpart 2 for flying and theory requirements including credits.

For gaining Credits based on UK Military service please refer to CAP 804, section 4, Part O.

All of the documentation listed under You will need to provide must be submitted with the application form(s) before your application can be processed.

Pre-Requisites


You must be at least 17 years old and have completed an approved PPL (A) training course at an EASA Approved Training Organisation (ATO).

Experience requirements and crediting

Applicants for a PPL (A) will have completed at least 45 hours of flight instruction in aeroplanes, 5 of which may be completed in a Flight Simulation Training Device (FSTD), including at least: ·

  • 25 hours of dual flight instruction; and
  • 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross-country flight of at least 270 km (150 NM), during which full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made.

Specific requirements for applicants holding a Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL)

If you already hold a LAPL (A) you must have completed at least 15 hours of flight time on aeroplanes after the issue of your LAPL (A) before you can apply for a PPL (A). 10 of these hours must be flight instruction completed at an EASA ATO training course.

This training course shall include at least 4 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 2 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross-country flight of at least 270 km (150 NM), during which full stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made.

Specific requirements for applicants holding an LAPL (Sailplane) with a Touring Motor Glider (TMG) extension

If you already hold a LAPL (S) with a TMG extension you must have completed:

  • at least 24 hours of flight time on TMG after the endorsement of the TMG extension; and
  • 15 hours of flight instruction in aeroplanes in a training course at an EASA ATO, including at least the required 10 hours of supervised solo flight time with at least one solo cross-country flight of at least 270 km with full stop landings at two aerodromes.

Crediting

If you already hold a pilot licence for another category of aircraft, with the exception of balloons, you shall be credited with 10 % of your total flight time as Pilot in Command (PIC) on such aircraft up to a maximum of 10 hours.

This credit cannot cover the required 10 hours of supervised solo flight time with at least one solo cross-country flight of at least 270 km with full stop landings at two aerodromes.

Theoretical knowledge exams

You will have to have passed all the required PPL theoretical knowledge exams including both common and specific subjects.

If you already hold an EASA PPL, BPL, SPL or LAPL in another category of aircraft you will be fully credited with theoretical knowledge on the common subjects.

Common subjects:

  • Air law
  • Human performance
  • Meteorology
  • Communications

Specific subjects concerning the different aircraft categories:

  • Principles of flight
  • Operational procedures
  • Flight performance and planning
  • Aircraft general knowledge
  • Navigation

Skills Test

  • You must have received flight instruction on the same class or type of aeroplane to be used for the skill test.
  • You will need to pass a skills test that demonstrates your ability to perform as PIC, this will include relevant procedures and manoeuvres with the competency appropriate to the privileges granted in the licence.

If you are intending to have a test conducted by a non-UK EASA approved examiner, please refer to Information Notices IN-2014/114 and IN-2014/110.

Additional Requirements

  • Your medical records must be held by the UK CAA and you must hold a valid UK issued EASA Class 2 Medical Certificate.
  • You must have a current and valid Language Proficiency level acceptable to the UK CAA. This is only required for Flight Radio Telephony Operators Licence (FRTOL) or for Instrument Rating (IR)

If you do not hold a valid FRTOL you cannot operate an aircraft radio station in the air, or on the ground, unless you are under the direct supervision of an FRTOL holder.

Cost


£185 with an additional fee of £89 if you are applying for a night rating as part of the same application.

You need to pay an additional charge to have your documents returned by secure courier:

  • UK - £6
  • Europe - £14
  • Worldwide - £22

Processing time (On receipt of all required information)


  • We endeavour to process applications in 10 working days from receipt

Validity period


The PPL (A) licence has a lifetime validity, provided that you maintain a valid medical certificate and valid ratings.

Ratings

  • Class and Type Ratings included in a PPL(A) have a validity period of 12 months, except for the Single Pilot Single Engine (SEP)
  • Single Pilot Single Engine (SEP) Class ratings included in a PPL (A) have a validity period of 24 months.

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms


You will need to provide


  • A completed online application form for the grant of a Private Pilot Licence
  • The course completion certificate completed by the EASA Approved Training Organisation (ATO) attached to the online application form
  • Evidence of your passport or full European Driving licence, which must be a copy and certified by the Head of Training of an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) or a UK Examiner
  • A copy of the Examiners Report form
  • Evidence of a valid Language Proficiency (LP) issued by an UK authorised examiner or UK CAA approved assessment centre. This is only required for a Flight Radio Telephony Operators Licence (FRTOL) or for Instrument Rating (IR).

Additional documentation required for Third Country (non EASA state) Conversion

If you are applying for a Third Country (non EASA State) ICAO licence conversion, we require a copy of the Third country ICAO licence and validating medical certificate, which must be certified by the examiner who conducted your skills test. We also require your logbook pages that show hours claimed towards an a EASA PPL licence.

Please refer to CAP 804, Part 1, Section 4, Part S, Subpart 2, for detialed information.

If you are applying on the basis of credits as a member UK Armed Forces you will also need to provide

  • Completed form SRG2133
  • Copies of logbook pages which are stamped and certified by the commanding officer. The pages we require are Special Qualifications page, Instrument rating page and the last few pages of your military flying.

Please refer to CAP 804, Part I, Section 4, Part O, for detailed information.

If you are applying on the basis of training and testing being completed by a non UK approved EASA Part FCL Approved Training Organisation, we will also require

  • A copy of the EASA Approved Training Organisations approval certificate
  • A copy of the EASA examiners licence and examiner authorisation certificate
  • A copy of email showing Test Notification has been authorised by the UK CAA
  • EASA Simulator Approval Certificate (if applicable)

How to apply


  • Complete the online application form
  • All of the documentation listed under You will need to provide must be submitted before your application can be processed.

What to expect


  • A desk based assessment from a Flight Crew Licensing Officer or Assistant.  
  • Following an acceptable assessment your licence will be processed signed and despatched.  
  • We will contact you if we have any queries regarding your application and may keep your application pending while additional requirements are met.
  • An assessment and refund fee may be charged if the UK CAA rejects your application for not meeting all of the requirements. This will also be applied if you choose cancel your application.

If you have questions about course requirements

Please contact an EASA approved training organisation. Standards Document No 31 lists UK approved training organisations

Contact us


fclweb@caa.co.uk

Licensing Department
CAA
Aviation House
Gatwick Airport South
Gatwick
RH6 0YR