EASA PPL

The principal course is the standard EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) PPL, which consists of a minimum of 45 hours flying. If you are interested in becoming a Commercial Pilot then this is where to start. Lessons usually last between 40 minutes and an hour. If you train full time, the course can be completed in between 2 or 3 months, but many people spread the course over 12 to 18 months, taking lessons roughly once a week.

Topics of the PPL course include:

  • Basic Handling
  • Circuit training
  • Navigation
  • Stall Recovery
  • Practice Forced Landings and emergency procedures

Requirements

  • 45 hours total flying time
  • 25 hours dual instruction
  • 10 hours of solo flight
  • 5 hours solo cross country
  • 1 cross country trip at least 150nm, landing at 2 other aerodromes
  • 1 hour instrument appreciation
  • Class 2 Aviation Medical (completed before flying solo)
  • 9 Multiple Choice Ground Exams
  • Radio Telephany Practical Exam
  • General Handling Skills Test

Note that these requirements are a legal minimum and the number of actual hours required to obtain the licence depend on frequency of lessons and the student’s ability.