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UK Civil Aviation Regulations

These are published by the CAA on our UK Regulations pages. EU Regulations and EASA Access Guides published by EASA no longer apply in the UK. Our website and publications are being reviewed to update all references. Any references to EU law and EASA Access guides should be disregarded and where applicable the equivalent UK versions referred to instead.

Privileges and conditions

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

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

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

for the PPL (As) and any associated ratings and endorsements.

Experience requirements and crediting

If you don’t already hold a licence, you will need to complete 35 hours of flight instruction on airships, 5 hours of which may have been completed in an approved flight simulator (FSTD), including at least:

  1. 25 hours of dual flight instruction including:
    • 3 hours of cross-country flight training, including 1 cross-country solo flight of at least 65km (35 NM)
    • 3 hours of instrument instruction
  2. 8 take-offs and landings at an aerodrome, including masting and unmasting procedure
  3. 8 hours of supervised solo flight time

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

If you hold a BPL and are qualified to fly hot-air ships you will be credited with 10% of your total flight time as PIC on such airships up to a maximum of 5 hours.

Related Information


All relevant UK 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 UK Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011.

For other regulations such as Part-ORO, Part-ORA, please check the Air Operations regulations.

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