For each of the five private pilot licences – the PPL (A), (H) and (As), alongside the SPL and BPL – there are a number of basic requirements which you will have to meet in order to qualify for any one of them. These are set out here.
A PPL for aeroplanes will allow you to act as pilot in command in non-commercial operations on aeroplanes or touring motor gliders. Requirements for grant of the licence are set out here, including flying time, skill tests, exams and crediting.
A PPL for helicopters will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) in non-commercial operations on helicopters. Requirements for grant of the licence are set out here, including flying time, skill tests, exams and crediting.
A PPL for airships will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) in non-commercial operations on airships, and subject to conditions it may allow you to be paid for certain training and examination activities. Requirements are set out here.
An SPL will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) on sailplanes and powered sailplanes and after you have met certain flying time requirements it will also allow you to carry passengers. Requirements for the SPL are set out here.
A BPL will allow you to act as PIC on balloons and hot-air ships, and on receipt of additional privileges it will enable you to be paid for conducting certain training and examination work. Requirements for the BPL are set out here.
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