• Privileges and conditions

    A PPL for aeroplanes will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) in non-commercial operations on aeroplanes or touring motor glider (TMGs).

    The exception to this is for holders of a PPL (A) with instructor or examiner privileges, who can be paid for the following:

    1. Flight instruction
    2. Conducting skill tests and proficiency checks

    for the LAPL (A) or PPL (A) and any associated ratings and endorsements.

    Experience requirements and crediting

    If you don’t already hold a licence, you will need to complete 45 hours of flight instruction on aeroplanes, 5 hours of which may have been completed in an approved flight simulator (an FSTD – flight simulation training device), including at least:

    1. 25 hours of dual flight instruction,
    2. 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross country flight time with at least 1 cross country flight of at least 270 km (150 NM) that includes full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the departure aerodrome.

    You will need to complete a skill test after you have completed all the flying requirements.

    You will also need to ensure that the examiner meets the requirements for test notification and designation as set out in:

    PPL (A) crediting if you hold a LAPL (A)

    If you hold a LAPL (A) and are applying for a PPL (A) you must complete the following:

    1. At least 15 hours of flight time on aeroplanes after the issue of the LAPL (A), of which at least 10 hours should be flight instruction at an ATO.
    2. This flight instruction must include 4 hours of supervised solo flight, of which at least 2 hours must be solo cross country, with at least 1 cross country flight of 270km (150NM) or more, plus full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the departure aerodrome.

    PPL (A) crediting if you hold a LAPL (S)

    If you hold a LAPL (S) with a TMG endorsement and are applying for a PPL (A), you must complete the following:

    1. At least 24 hours of flight time on a TMG after the TMG endorsement was granted
    2. 15 hours of flight instruction in aeroplanes at an ATO, including at least:
      • 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross country flight time with at least 1 cross country flight of at least 270 km (150 NM) that includes 2 full stop landings at an aerodrome different from the departure aerodrome.

    PPL (A) crediting if you hold another type of licence

    If you hold a pilot’s licence for another type of aircraft, except balloons, you will be credited with 10% of your total flight time as PIC up to a maximum of 10 hours. You will still need to complete 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross country flight time with at least 1 cross country flight of at least 270 km (150 NM) that includes 2 full stop landings at an aerodrome different from the departure aerodrome as the credited flight time cannot be counted towards this requirement.

    Apply for a PPL (A) using paper forms

  • Related Information

    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.