• Additional requirements for the LAPL (B)

    All the requirements in the LAPL common requirements page apply to the LAPL (B). You should familiarise yourself with the information there before you start.

    Privileges and conditions

    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.

    Experience requirements and crediting

    You will need to complete 16 hours of flight instruction on the same class of balloon, including at least:

    1. 12 hours of dual flight instruction
    2. 10 inflations and 20 take-offs and landings
    3. 1 supervised solo flight, with a minimum flight time of 30 minutes

    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.

    Getting a LAPL (B) if you have an existing licence

    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.

    Extension of privileges to tethered flights

    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.

    Extension of privileges to another type or variant

    To extend a LAPL (B) to include an additional class of balloon you will need to complete the following at an ATO:

    • 5 dual instructional flights

    To extend the privileges from a hot air balloon to hot air ships, you will need to complete:

    1. 5 dual instructional flights
    2. A skill test, during which you will also need to demonstrate an adequate level of theoretical knowledge for the class in the following subjects:
      • Principles of flight
      • Operational procedures
      • Flight performance and planning
      • Aircraft general knowledge

    Keeping your licence current, and what to do if you don’t meet the requirements

    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:

    1. At least 6 hours flight time as PIC, including 10 take-offs, approaches and landings;
    2. 1 training flight with an instructor

    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:

    1. Complete a proficiency check on the specific type with an examiner in an appropriate class.
    2. Complete the additional flight time or take-offs and landings to meet the requirements above, flying dual or solo, under the supervision of an instructor.