Initial Application for a LAPL(A) Licence

Guidance on applying for the LAPL(A) licence


The EASA LAPL(A) licence allows you to fly EASA aeroplanes registered in the EU and non-EASA aeroplanes registered in the UK that come within the privileges of the licence.

You can fly, on an unpaid basis only, as a Pilot in Command (PIC) on non-commercial flights.

You can fly single engine piston aeroplanes-land or TMG with a maximum certificated take-off mass of 2000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers.  There must never be more than 4 people on board the aircraft (3 passengers and the pilot).

After the LAPL(A) has been issued, you must complete 10 hours of flight time as PIC on aeroplanes or TMG before you can carry passengers.    Replace a licence that has been lost, damaged or stolen


You must have: 

  • a minimum of 30 hours flying training (Ref CAP 804, Section 4, Part B, Subpart 1)

  • a valid pass in all of the required LAPL theoretical knowledge examinations (Ref CAP 804, Section 4, Part B, Subpart 1)

  • a Flight Radiotelephony Operators licenced (FRTOL) (Ref CAP 804, Section 6)

    (You cannot operate an aircraft radio station in the air, or on the ground, unless you hold a valid FRTOL, or are operating directly under the supervision of a FRTOL holder)

  • demonstrated language proficiency  (only required for FRTOL or Instrument Rating) (Ref CAP 804, Section 4, Part M)

  • a current Part-MED LAPL medical certificate (minimum) (Ref CAP 804, Section 4, Part N)

  • completed a LAPL(A) skill test with a Part-FCL flight examiner (Ref CAP 804, Section 4, Part B, Subpart 1)


  • £151 for the LAPL(A) application
  • An additional fee of £88 is required if applying for a night rating at the same time

See the Scheme of Charges (Personnel Licensing) for details.

Additional fees apply if you wish your documents to be returned by secure courier.   

Processing time (On receipt of all required information)

  • We endeavour to process licence applications within 10 working days. Incomplete applications are not subject to the 10 working day turnaround until all application requirements are met.

Validity period

The LAPL(A) has a lifetime validity, provided that you:

  • meet the recency experience requirements set out in the Regulations
  • maintain a valid medical certificate.

See CAP 804, Section 4, Part A, FCL.040 for details

Recency requirements

Holders of a LAPL (A) must have completed the activities shown below within the last 24 months,  either as pilots of aeroplanes or TMG:

  • at least 12 hours of flight time as PIC, including 12 take-offs and landings;
  • refresher training of at least 1 hour of total flight time with an instructor.

Holders of an LAPL(A) who do not comply with the requirements shown above must:

  • complete a proficiency check with an examiner before they resume flying;
  • perform the additional flight time or take-offs and landings, flying dual or solo under the supervision of an instructor, in order to fulfil the requirements.

(Ref CAP 804, Section 4, Part B, Subpart 1)

Medical Certificates

The Validity period of a Part-MED LAPL Medical Certificate varies from 2 to 5 years, dependant of the age of the pilot;

LAPL medical certificates are valid for a period of:

  • 60 months until the licence holder reaches the age of 40.
    (A medical certificate issued prior to reaching the age of 40 shall cease to be valid after the licence holder reaches the age of 42)
  • 24 months after the age of 40.

(Ref CAP 804, Section 4, Part N, MED.A.045) 

Associated Rules, Regulations and Forms

You will need to provide

  • Fully completed online application form for the grant of a Light Aircraft Pilot Licence.
  • Original flying logs (only applicable in certain circumstances)
  • Attached to the online form, the course completion certificate completed by the Approved Training Organisation (ATO) 
  • Evidence of Identity (Original passport or full European Driving licence) or a copy certified by the Approved Training Organisation (ATO).
  • A copy of the Examiner's Report form - please note that the licence will not be issued until the corresponding Examiner's Report Form is received.

If you are applying on the basis of training and testing provided by a non UK approved EASA Part ORA Approved Training Organisation we will also require:

  • A copy of the ATO's Part ORA approval certificate

Please note that we reserve the right to ask for submission of original logbooks and other documentation when needed.

How to apply

  • Once all of the requirements above have been met, complete and submit the online application form
  • Supporting documents can be submitted online, or posted or delivered in person to the address below.

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 whilst the 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

Contact us

Licensing Department
Aviation House
Gatwick Airport South