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A BPL will allow you to act as PIC on balloons and hot-air ships.
You cannot act as PIC and receive any kind of payment, unless you:
The exception to this is for holders of a BPL with instructor or examiner privileges, who can be
paid for the following:
for any associated ratings and endorsements.
You will need to complete 16 hours of flight instruction on a balloon in a specific class and
group, including at least:
If you held a LAPL (B) within two years prior to applying for an BPL then you will be fully
credited towards the theoretical knowledge and flight instruction requirements.
You will be limited to non-tethered flights, but this limitation can be removed if you complete
the requirements detailed in the
extension of privileges to tethered flights section of the LAPL (B) page.
You will only be allowed to fly balloons in the same class or group in which you took your skill
test. If you wish to extend the privileges of your licence to another class within the same group,
you must complete the requirements included in the
extension of privileges to another type or variant section of the LAPL (B) page.
In the case of an extension to another group within the same class of balloons, you must
complete at least:
To keep your licence current, you must have completed the following in one class of balloon in
the last 24 months:
If you do not comply with the requirements above you will need to complete the following:
Complete the extra hours, take-offs and landings to meet the requirements above, flying dual or
solo under the supervision of an instructor.
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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