• The minimum age to get a LAPL(H) is 17 and you will need to hold a Part MED LAPL Medical Certificate. 

    A LAPL (H) will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) on single engine helicopters with a maximum take-off mass of 2000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers, with no more than 4 persons on board. (FCL.105.H)

    Your privileges will be limited to the type and class of helicopter you take your skill test ion unless you complete additional training. 

    Training

    You must complete a training course at an approved training organisation (ATO) or declared training organisation (DTO). 

    Contact a flight school near you 

  • As part of the application for a private licence, you will need to take and pass exams in the following subject areas:


    Common subjects

    • Air law
    • Human performance
    • Meteorology
    • Communications
    • Navigation

    Exams specific to the aircraft category

    • Principles of flight
    • Operational procedures
    • Flight performance and planning
    • Aircraft general knowledge

    You will need to set up a customer portal account to access Private pilot theoretical knowledge e-exams.

    If you successfully pass the theoretical exams for the issue of a private pilot's licence, they will be valid for 24 months for you to submit an application for the LAPL issue.  

    This period is counted from the date you pass your last theoretical knowledge examination.

    Within these 24 months you must complete the flight training and pass the skill test, otherwise these exams will expire, and you will have to retake them.

    Please see FCL.025 for more information related to exam validity. 

    If you have passed the theoretical knowledge examinations for an airline transport pilot licence (ATPL) or for a commercial pilot licence (CPL) in the same category of aircraft, you will be credited with the theoretical knowledge requirements for a light aircraft pilot licence (LAPL). (FCL.035.b.)

    Theoretical knowledge credit when applying for a LAPL in another aircraft category

    If you are applying for a LAPL in another aircraft category, you will be credited the common theoretical knowledge subjects but not the exams that are specific to the aircraft category.

    These will need to be taken and passed before you can submit a valid application.

    We recommend that you discuss any theoretical knowledge credits that may apply with your training provider.

  • Flight instruction and crediting

    If you do not already hold a licence, you will need to complete 40 hours of flight instruction on helicopters, including at least:

    1. 35 hours on the type of helicopter that is used for the skill test,
    2. 20 hours of dual flight instruction,
    3. 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time of at least 150 km (80 NM), during which one full stop landing at an aerodrome different from the aerodrome departure shall be made.
  • Applicants with prior experience as PIC may be credited towards the flight instruction training. 

    The amount of credit shall be decided by the ATO or the DTO where the pilot undergoes the training course, on the basis of a pre-entry flight test, but shall in any case: 

    1. Not exceed the total time as PIC, 
    2. Not exceed 50 % of the 40 hours of flight instruction 
    3. Not include the requirement of 5 hours of supervised solo flight time that includes the cross-country flight of at least 150 km ( 80 NM)

    There has been a change to the rules for the conversion or validation of Third Country ICAO compliant licences/certificates. 

    For conversion terms, please refer to(EU) 2020/723 of Easy Access Rules for Aircrew (Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011 for further information.


    Applicants for a LAPL who have held another licence in the same category of aircraft shall be fully credited towards the requirements of the LAPL in that category of aircraft.

    If the licence has lapsed, the applicant shall have to pass a skill test in accordance with FCL.125 for the issue of an LAPL in the appropriate aircraft category.

    Licence privileges will be restricted to the type of aircraft used for the skill test.

    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.

    To extend a LAPL(H) to include an additional type or variant you will need to complete the following:

    1. 5 hours of flight instruction, including:

    • 15 take-offs, approaches and landings under instruction
    • 15 supervised solo take-offs, approaches and landings

    2. A skill test to demonstrate adequate competence in the new type, during which you will also need to demonstrate an adequate level of theoretical knowledge for the type in the following subjects:

    • Operational procedures
    • Flight performance and planning
    • Aircraft general knowledge

    To extend the privileges of a LAPL (H) to include more complex variants of the class in which the skill test was taken, you will need to complete differences or familiarisation training, which will then be entered into your logbook and signed by your instructor.

  • Skill Test

    At the end of your training, you will need to take a skill test with an examiner in the relevant aircraft type to demonstrate that you can competently carry out the procedures and manoeuvres that you have been taught, while acting as pilot in command (PIC).

    You must have had some flight instruction on the same aircraft type or class that you will be taking your skill test in.

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

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

    The privileges of your LAPL(H) will only remain valid on a specific type if in the last 12 months you have met any of the following conditions:

    1. completed at least six hours of flight time on helicopters of that type as PIC, or flying dual or solo under the supervision of an instructor, including six take-offs, approaches and landings and completed a refresher training of at least 1 hour of total flight time with an instructor; 

    2. passed a proficiency check with an examiner on the specific type before resuming the exercise of the privileges of their licence. That proficiency check programme shall be based on the skill test for the LAPL(H).

    If you do not meet these requirements you will need to contact your training provider for further guidance. 

    Contact a flight school near you

    How to apply

    To apply for the issue of a LAPL, please complete the Private Issue Online application form.

    What documents to submit

    When applying for the LAPL issue online, you will be asked to upload the following documents: 

    • A private issue online course completion certificate ( CAA5016) or Training Organisation equivalent,   
    • A Skill Test report form ( SRG1172),
    • A certified copy of your logbook pages showing your LAPL flight training experience,
    • A certified copy of either your passport (preferred) or Full UK Photographic Driving Licence, 
    • A copy of Part-ORA ATO certificate (only if your ATO is not approved by the UK CAA).

    Please note: we will not be able to assess your application unless the uploaded documents have been correctly certified. 

    How to get copies of your documents certified

    Additional documentation

    If you are applying on the basis of UK military service, a third-country ICAO licence, or a skill test conducted by a non-UK approved EASA examiner, you will be asked to upload additional documentation on your online application.

  • If you are applying for any pilot licence under the military accreditation scheme (MAS) based on your service as a pilot in the UK military, you will need to upload the following documents alongside those required for the licence application:

    • Completed form SRG 2133
    • Certified copies of the following logbook pages: 
      - the Special Qualifications page
      - the last few pages of your military flying logbook

    How to get copies of your documents certified

    If you are applying for your licence on the basis of an ICAO-compliant licence held from a non-EASA state (a 'third-country' licence), you will need to apply for the verification of your third country ICAO licence. 

    Please follow the verification of a third country ICAO licence process and submit an online form SRG2142.

    We recommend that the Third Country Verification is obtained prior to your LAPL application as the turn-around of these applications is reliant on the response times of the NAA that has issued your ICAO licence.

    Alternatively, you can submit these applications together but that means that the LAPL application will get processed outside our agreed processing time

    When submitting your online LAPL application, you will be asked to upload the following documents alongside those required for the licence application:

    • Certified copies of the logbook pages to confirm the hours and experience required for the issue of LAPL. 

    The skill test must be conducted by an EASA state qualified Part-FCL approved examiner.

    If the examiner for your skill test was approved by another EASA member state (not the UK), you will need  to upload the following documents alongside those required for the licence application:

    • A copy of the examiners authorisation, 
    • A copy of the examiners licence,
    • A copy of the examiners medical certificate

    (Please note: all 3 documents should be uploaded as single document that does not exceed 5mb)

  • The Fee

    Please see our Licensing fees and costs (Full details available in Scheme of Charges (Personell Licensing)). 

    An additional fee applies if you would like your documents returned by secure courier. 

    Making sure your documents are safely returned. 

    File size limit

    Please note that there is currently a 50Mb size limit for files uploaded to our forms.

    If your attachments exceed 50Mb, you should send all supporting documentation to fclweb@caa.co.uk  quoting your application number.  

  • During the current Covid-19 pandemic, we ask that all paperwork is sent to us electronically.

    Guidance on documentation

    All documents should be uploaded with a different filename clearly stating the content of the file attachment (for example Passport, Licence copy etc.)

    Submitting documents with the same filename may result in the loss of information in the system and added delays to the application assessment.

    For questions relating to paperwork, such as how to obtain certified copies of documents, please refer to guidance on documentation.

    Contact us 

    If you have any questions please contact our licensing team: 

    Email fclweb@caa.co.uk (preferred)
    Phone 0330 022 1972 (Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30)