How to apply
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.
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: ·
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:
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.
Specific subjects concerning the different aircraft categories:
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.
Applications made before 1 April 2015
Applications made after 1 April 2015
You need to pay an additional charge to have your documents returned by secure courier:
The PPL (A) licence has a lifetime validity, provided that you maintain a valid medical certificate and valid ratings.
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
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
If you have questions about course requirements
Please contact an EASA approved training organisation. Standards Document No 31 lists UK approved training organisations