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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.
You must complete a training course at an approved training organisation (ATO) or declared training organisation (DTO).
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As part of the application for a private licence, you will need to take and pass exams in the following subject areas:
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.)
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
The privileges of your LAPL(H) will only remain valid on a specific type if in the last 2 years you have met any of the following conditions:
If you do not meet these requirements you will need to:
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To apply for the issue of a PPL, please complete the
Private Issue Online application form.
If you wish to apply for a UK national PPL, you must submit your request in writing by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org (with the subject heading: 'National licence').
When applying for the LAPL issue online, you will be asked to upload the following documents:
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.
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:
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:
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:
(Please note: all 3 documents should be uploaded as single document that does not exceed 5mb)
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
email@example.com quoting your application number.
During the current Covid-19 pandemic, we ask that all paperwork is sent to us electronically.
For questions relating to paperwork, such as how to obtain certified copies of documents, please refer to guidance on documentation.
If you have any questions please contact our licensing team:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred)Phone 0330 022 1972 (Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30)
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