These requirements apply to all LAPL licences.
The minimum age to get a licence for an aeroplane or helicopter is 17.
For sailplanes and balloons, the minimum age is 16.
Before applying for a LAPL you must complete a training course at an approved training
organisation (ATO), including theoretical knowledge and flight instruction.
If you have a relevant current rating on a licence in the same category of aircraft and are
applying for a LAPL 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.
As part of the application for a LAPL, exams will need to be taken and passed in the following
Exams specific to the aircraft category:
If you are applying for a LAPL in a category of aircraft you don’t already hold the privileges
to fly, you will be credited for the common subjects but not the category specific ones. These will
need to be taken and passed for the aircraft category.
If you successfully pass the theoretical exams for the issue of a light aircraft pilot licence
they will be valid for 24 months, within which time you must complete the skill test, otherwise
they will lapse and you’ll have to retake them.
At the end of your training you will need to take a skill test in the relative aircraft type
with an examiner. This is to demonstrate that while acting as pilot in command (PIC) you can
competently carry out the procedures and manoeuvres that you have been taught during your
Licence privileges will be restricted to the class or type of aircraft used for the skill
However, you can extend your LAPL privileges if you are endorsed to do so by an examiner,
similar to applying for ratings on other licence types.
Details of the requirements for extensions to LAPL licence privileges can be found in the
section relevant to the aircraft category you wish to apply for.
Your LAPL does not require a language proficiency test, however to operate
radio telephony equipment you must hold a Flight Radio Telephony Operators Licence.
The LAPL is available across different categories of aircraft. Each category LAPL has specific
requirements in addition to those set out above. These requirements are detailed on the individual
pages for each licence:
All relevant European regulations such as Part- ARO, ORO, CAT, SPA, NCC, NCO, MED are available on the link shown below.
For Flight Crew Regulations please refer to the consolidated version Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011.
For other regulations such as Part-ORO, Part-ORA, please check the Air Operations regulations.
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