Private Pilots

Information about licences for recreational flying

A variety of private pilot licences are available based on your skills and experience and the type of flights you wish to undertake.

Extra ratings can be added and most licences require a certain amount flying over a set time to maintain their currency. All pilots require some form of medical certificate or declaration. 

Foot Launched Powered Hang-gliders and Para-gliders, or Paramotors (that meet certain criteria) and Unpowered Hang-gliders and Para-gliders do not require a licence from the CAA. 

This section of the website contains information aimed at private pilots. Introductory information is included a well as links to more specific guidance and forms and contact information.

Exact requirements and more detailed information can be found in the CAA publication:

Introductory information

Common issues and most asked about topics:

We endeavour to process licence applications within 10 working days.



Specific guidance and applications



Applications, renewals and re-validations


Process and procedures



Contact Details

Phone: +44 (0) 1293 573700 

Licensing Department
Civil Aviation Authority 
Aviation House 
Gatwick Airport South 
West Sussex, RH6 0YR   

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