Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL)

Guidance for applicants

The holder of this licence can fly, on an unpaid basis only, as Pilot in Command (PIC) on non-commercial flights.

Further details of specific requirements can be found in CAP804 Section 4 Part B


Applicants must be:

  • at least 16 years of age for sailplanes and balloons
  • at least 17 years of age for aeroplanes and helicopters

At a high level, the pre-requisites for this application type are:

  • Aeroplanes :  30 hours flight instruction in a airplane/TMGs (see further details in CAP 804, Section 4 part B subpart 1 FCL.100)

  • Helicopters: 40 hours flight instruction on a helicopter (see further details in CAP 804, Section 4 part B subpart 2 FCL.100)

  • Sailplanes: 15 hours flight instruction in a sailplane (inc powered) (see further details in CAP 804, Section 4 part B subpart 3 FCL.100)

  • Balloons: 16 hours flight instruction in a balloon (see further details in CAP 804, section 4 part B subpart 4 FCL.100)

If you are the holder of an existing UK issued Flight Crew licence which has not already been converted to a Part-FCL licence, then this licensing action is likely to result in the compulsory conversion of your existing licence to a Part-FCL licence, for which an additional application form/information will have to be submitted, and additional requirements may have to be met.  As such, please refer to the conversion information available on our website in addition to the information on this page.


The fee that you need to pay will depend on your circumstances; for example:

  • whether you already hold a UK licence, and whether that licence has already been converted to an EASA-FCL licence,
  • whether your application will be made at the same time as applying for something else. 

To assist in the interpretation of the scheme of charges a Fee Calculator has been developed, which derives the fee for this application type for your particular circumstances.  

Processing time

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

Validity period

EASA-FCL licences have no expiry date and are therefore valid for the holder’s lifetime.

You will need to provide

A completed application form (details below) and supporting material as applicable for your circumstances and the type of application.  Guidance is attached to each application form.

Associated rules and regulations

How to apply

Once all of the requirements above have been met, the application should be submitted by post or in person to:

Licensing Department,
Licensing and Training Standards,
Aviation House,
Gatwick Airport South,

What to expect

A desk based assessment from a Flight Crew Licensing Officer or Assistant.  

Following an acceptable assessment your licensing application 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 any additional requirements are met.
  • An assessment and refund fee may be charged if the assessment results in the rejection of your application.  This will also be applied if you choose cancel your application.

In some circumstances an applicant for a conversion of an existing licence to an EASA licence may also require a national licence to fly Annexe II aircraft (Aircraft not on the EASA Type List).  This process is undertaken by the Licensing Officer who assesses your application. 

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