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The minimum age to get a LAPL(A) is 17 and you will need to
hold a Part MED LAPL Medical Certificate.
privileges of the holder of an LAPL for aeroplanes are to act as PIC on
single-engine piston aeroplanes-land (SEP(land)), single-engine piston
aeroplanes-sea (SEP(sea)) or TMG with a maximum certificated take-off mass of
2000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers, such that there are always
a maximum of 4 persons on board of the aircraft. (FCL.105.A)
Your privileges will be limited to the type and class of
aircraft you take your skill test in, unless you complete additional training.
You must complete a training course at an approved training organisation (ATO) or declared training organisation (DTO).
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As part of the application for a LAPL, you will need to take and pass exams in the following subject areas:
You will need to set up a customer portal account to access Private pilot theoretical knowledge e-exams.
If you successfully pass the theoretical exams for the issue of a private pilot's licence, they will be valid for 24 months for you to submit an application for the LAPL issue.
This period is counted from the date you complete your last theoretical knowledge examination.
Within these 24 months you must complete the flight training and pass the skill test, otherwise these exams will expire, and you will have to retake them.
Please see FCL.025 for more information related to exam validity.
If you have passed the theoretical knowledge examinations for an airline transport pilot licence (ATPL) or for a commercial pilot licence (CPL) in the same category of aircraft, you will be credited with the theoretical knowledge requirements for a light aircraft pilot licence (LAPL). More details on exams credits is in FCL.035.b.
The privileges of
your licence will only remain valid if in the last 2 years you have met
any of the following conditions as pilots of aeroplanes or TMGs:
(b) If you hold both a SEP(land) and a SEP(sea) privilege, you
may comply with the requirements in point (a)(1) in either class or a
combination thereof which shall be valid for both privileges. For this purpose,
at least 1 hour of the required flight time and 6 out of the required 12
take-offs and landings shall be completed in each class. (FCL.140.A)
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If you hold a SPL issued in accordance with Annex III (Part-SFCL) to Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1976, including privileges to fly TMGs you must complete the following:
1. At least 21 hours of flight time on TMGs after endorsement of the TMG privileges and, the privileges of an LAPL(A) shall be limited to the class and variant of aeroplanes or TMG in which the skill test was taken. (FCL.110.A, FCL.135.A(a))
Applicants with prior experience as PIC may be credited towards the flight instruction training.
The amount of credit shall be decided by the ATO or the DTO where the pilot undergoes the training course, on the basis of a pre-entry flight test, but shall in any case:
1. Not exceed the total time as PIC,
2. Not exceed 50 % of the 30 hours of flight instruction
3. Not include the requirement of 6 hours of supervised solo flight time that includes the cross-country flight of at least 150 km ( 80 NM)
Applicants for a LAPL who have held another licence in the same category of aircraft shall be fully credited towards the requirements of the LAPL in that category of aircraft. If the licence has lapsed, the applicant shall have to pass a skill test in accordance with FCL.125 for the issue of an LAPL in the appropriate aircraft category.
There has been a change to the rules for the conversion or validation of Third Country ICAO compliant licences/certificates.
For conversion terms, please refer to(EU) 2020/723 of Easy Access Rules for Aircrew (Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 for further information
At the end of your training, you will need to take a skill test with an examiner, in the relevant aircraft type, to demonstrate that you can competently carry out the procedures and manoeuvres that you have been taught, while acting as pilot in command (PIC).
You must have had some flight instruction on the same aircraft type or class, that you will be taking your skill test in.
You will also need to ensure that the examiner meets the requirements for test notification and designation as set out in:
To apply for the issue of a LAPL please complete the
Private Issue Online application form.
When applying for the LAPL issue online, you will be asked to upload the following documents:
Please note: we will not be able to assess your application unless the uploaded documents have been correctly certified.
How to get copies of your documents certified.
If you are applying on the basis of UK military service, a third-country ICAO licence, or a skill test conducted by a non-UK approved EASA examiner, you will be asked to upload additional documentation on your online application.
If you are applying for any pilot licence under the military accreditation scheme (MAS) based on your service as a pilot in the UK military, you will need to upload the following documents alongside those required for the licence application:
If you are applying for your licence on the basis of an ICAO-compliant licence held from a non-EASA state (a 'third-country' licence), you will need to apply for the verification of your third country ICAO licence.
Please follow the verification of a third country ICAO licence process and submit an online form SRG2142.
We recommend that the Third Country Verification is obtained prior to your LAPL application as the turn-around of these applications is reliant on the response times of the NAA that has issued your ICAO licence.
Alternatively, you can submit these applications together but that means that the LAPL application will get processed outside our agreed processing time.
When submitting your online LAPL application, you will be asked to upload the following documents alongside those required for the licence application:
The skill test must be conducted by an EASA state qualified Part-FCL approved examiner.
If the examiner for your skill test was approved by another EASA member state (not the UK), you will need to upload the following documents alongside those required for the licence application:
(Please note: all 3 documents should be uploaded as single document that does not exceed 5mb)
Please see our Licensing fees and costs (Full details available in Scheme of Charges (Personell Licensing)).
An additional fee applies if you would like your documents returned by secure courier.
Making sure your documents are safely returned.
Please note that there is currently a 50Mb size limit for files uploaded to our forms.
If your attachments exceed 50Mb, you should send all supporting documentation to
email@example.com quoting your application number.
During the current Covid-19 pandemic, we ask that all paperwork is sent to us electronically.
All documents should be uploaded with a different filename clearly stating the content of the file attachment (for example Passport, Licence copy etc.)
Submitting documents with the same filename may result in the loss of information in the system and added delays to the application assessment.
For questions relating to paperwork, such as how to obtain certified copies of documents, please refer to guidance on documentation.
If you have any questions please contact our licensing team:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred)Phone 0330 022 1972 (Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30)
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