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:
- Flight instruction
- 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:
- 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
- 8 take-offs and landings at an aerodrome, including masting and unmasting procedure
- 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.
All relevant European 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 Commission Regulation (EU) No 1178/2011.
For other regulations such as Part-ORO, Part-ORA, please check the Air Operations regulations.
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