EASA Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
The principal course is the standard EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Private Pilot Licence (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 Private Pilots Licence (PPL) course include:
- Basic Handling
- Circuit training
- Stall Recovery
- Practice Forced Landings and emergency procedures
Requirements of the Private Pilots Licence (PPL) course are:
- 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.