• The minimum age to get a PPL is 17 and you will need to hold a Part MED Class 2 Medical Certificate .

    A PPL for helicopters will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) or co-pilot in non-commercial operations on helicopters.

    The exception to this is for holders of a PPL (H) 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 (H) or PPL (H) and any associated ratings or certificates.


    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 PPL 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.)

  • Flight instruction and crediting

    If you don’t already hold a licence, you will need to complete 45 hours of flight instruction on helicopters, 5 hours of which may have been completed in an approved flight simulator (an FNPT or FFS), including at least:

    • 25 hours of dual flight instruction.
    • 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 185 km (100 NM) that includes 2 full stop landings at an aerodrome different from the departure aerodrome.
    • 35 of the 45 hours of flight instruction have to be completed on the same type of helicopter used for the skill test.
  • PPL(H) crediting if you hold a LAPL(H)

     

    If you hold a LAPL (H), and are applying for a PPL (H) you must complete a course with a flight training school to include at least:

     1.     5 hours of dual flight instruction, 

    2.     At least 1 supervised solo cross-country flight, of at least 185km (100NM), plus full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the departure aerodrome.

    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.



    If you hold a LAPL (H), and are applying for a PPL (H) you must complete a course with a flight training school to include at least:

     

    1.     5 hours of dual flight instruction,

     

    2.     At least 1 supervised solo cross-country flight, of at least 185km (100NM), plus full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the departure aerodrome.

     

  • 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 PPL(H) will only remain valid on a specific type if in the last 2 years 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:

    1. Complete a proficiency check on the specific type with an examiner before you exercise the privileges of the licence;
      or
    2. Complete the additional flight time or take-offs and landings to meet the requirements above, flying dual or solo, under the supervision of an instructor.

    Contact a flight school near you

    How to apply

    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 fclweb@caa.co.uk (with the subject heading: 'National licence').  

    What documents to submit

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

    • A private issue online course completion certificate ( CAA5016),   
    • A Skill Test report form ( SRG1172)
    • A certified copy of your logbook pages showing your PPL 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 PPL 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 PPL application will get processed outside our agreed processing time

    When submitting your online PPL 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 PPL. 

    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)

  • 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

    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)