Initial Application for a LAPL(H) Licence

Guidance on applying for the LAPL(H)


The EASA LAPL(H) allows you to fly:

  • EASA Helicopters registered in the EU
  • on an unpaid basis as a Pilot In Command (PIC) for non-commercial helicopter flights
  • with a maximum of 3 passengers (there must never be more than 4 people on board including the pilot)

You can only fly single engine helicopters with a maximum certificated take-off mass of 2000kg or less. Replace a licence that has been lost, damaged or stolen


You must have:


  • a minimum of 40 hours flying training (Ref CAP 804, Section 4, Part B, Subpart 2)
  • a valid pass in all of the required LAPL theoretical knowledge examinations (Ref CAP 804, Section 4, Part B, Subpart 2)
  • a Flight Radiotelephony Operators licenced (FRTOL) (Ref CAP 804, Section 6)
  • demonstrated language proficiency (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(H) skill test with a Part-FCL flight examiner (Ref CAP 804, Section 4, Part B, Subpart 2)



  • £151

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

Additional fees apply if you would like 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(H) is valid for life, provided that you:

  • meet the recency experience requirements set out in the Regulations (see below)
  • have a valid medical certificate.

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

Recency requirements

Holders of a LAPL (H) must have completed the activities shown below within the last 12 months:

  • at least 6 hours of flight time as PIC, including 6 take-offs and landings;
  • refresher training of at least 1 hour of total flight time with an instructor.

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

  • pass a proficiency check with an examiner on the specific type of helicopter 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 2)

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 to someone under the age of 40 will 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

  • A 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 Photographic Driving licence) or a copy certified by the Approved Training Organisation (ATO).
  • A copy of the Examiners 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