The alternative route is the LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence). The LAPL covers the same topics as the EASA-PPL but benefits from having slightly lower requirements. The minimum flying time is only 30 hours and your medical can be done by your own GP as well as any aviation medical examiner. The LAPL, however, restricts you to aircraft under a maximum take-off mass of 2 tonnes and four persons on board.


  • 30 hours total flying time
  • 15 hours dual instruction
  • 6 hours of solo flight
  • 3 hours solo cross country
  • 1 cross country trip at least 80nm, landing at 1 other aerodrome
  • LAPL 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. Also note that Pilots holding LAPL must complete 10 hours in command after licence issue before being allowed to fly passengers.