All the requirements in the LAPL common requirements page
apply to the LAPL (B). You should familiarise yourself with the information there before you
A LAPL (B) will allow you to act as PIC on hot air balloons or hot air ships with a maximum of
3400 m3 envelope capacity or gas balloons with a maximum of 1260 m3 envelope
capacity, carrying a maximum of three passengers, with no more than four persons on board. In the
UK, the LAPL (B) is also valid for equivalent non-EASA balloons.
Your privileges will be limited to the class of balloon you took your skill test on unless you
complete additional training at an approved training organisation (ATO). See the Extension of privileges to another type or
variant section of this page.
You will need to complete 16 hours of flight instruction on the same class of balloon, including
If you have experience of acting as PIC on balloons it may be credited towards the requirements
above. The amount of credit will be decided by the ATO where you carry out the training course,
based on a pre-entry flight test. The maximum amount of credit will be 6 hours.
However much flight time is credited, you will still need to complete the total number of
inflations, take-offs and landings and conduct the supervised solo flight as set out above.
If you have a relevant current rating on another type of licence for helicopters and you are
applying for a LAPL (B) you will not have to do any additional training or skill tests.
If your rating has lapsed you will need to complete the LAPL skill test.
You will be limited to non-tethered flights, but this limitation can be removed if you complete
at least 3 tethered instruction flights.
When you have completed the additional training this must be entered in your logbook and signed
by the instructor.
In order to maintain this privilege, you must complete a minimum of 2 tethered flights every 24
months. If you haven’t done so, you must complete the additional number of tethered flights flying
dual or solo under the supervision of an instructor in order to renew the privilege.
To extend a LAPL (B) to include an additional class of balloon you will need to complete the
following at an ATO:
To extend the privileges from a hot air balloon to hot air ships, you will need to complete:
The privileges of your licence will remain valid for the specific class of balloon you are
allowed to fly if you complete in the previous 24 months as pilot of that type:
If you are qualified to fly more than one class of balloon, and the privileges for one class are
valid, you must have completed 3 hours of flight time in any other class in the last 24 months,
including 3 take-offs and landings, for those privileges to remain valid also.
If you do not meet these requirements you will need to:
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