Westair PPL(A) Training – Diamond DA40 Aircraft


The Westair EASA PPL(A) course (SEP) teaches you to fly in the Diamond DA40 aircraft.


The course is taught in the Diamond DA40 four seat single engine aircraft. The DA40 is a modern composite aircraft powered by the Diamond AE300 jet fuel piston engine.

It has full glass cockpit using latest generation Garmin G1000 NXi twin screen technology. The aircraft is highly automated unlike other older single engine aircraft, and there is no need to manage mixtures and propeller controls : this is a single lever control system and along with the glass cockpit it positions students well for transition towards commercial and light jet aircraft as well as making cross country flights more relaxed.

The DA40 has a top speed of 154kts (TAS) and a 60% power cruise speed of 125kts (TAS) at 14,000’. The aircraft is not pressurised and it has a service ceiling of 16,400’

The principal course is the standard EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Private Pilot Licence (PPL) which consists of a minimum of 45 hours flying.

Lessons usually last between 40 minutes and an hour. If you train full time, the course can be completed 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
  • Navigation
  • 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 or LAPL Aviation Medical (completed before flying solo)
  • 9 Multiple Choice Ground Exams
  • Radio Telephony Practical Exam
  • General Handling Skills Test

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.

Westair EASA PPL(A) Single Engine Piston (SEP) – what is included in the course?

  • 45 hours flight training in a Diamond DA40 aircraft.
  • The package provides:
  • Westair Flying School Joining Fee & 1st Year Membership Fee
  • Pooley’s Pilot’s Flying Log Book
  • Pooley’s Air Pilot’s Manual 1 – Flying Training
  • Pooley’s CB-1 Knee Board
  • 30 landings at Blackpool Airport
  • Westair Pilot Training student bag
  • Basic Navigation Equipment

The cost of the PPL(A) DA40 training package is £12,525; extra instructed hours in the DA40 are available at £ 265.00 per hour and additional DA40 landings at Blackpool Airport are charged at £20.00

Solo hire rate for the DA40 for the test is charged at £ 240.00 per hour; the skill test fee is payable to the examiner and licence issue fees are payable to the CAA.

Those who complete a full PPL (A) training course in this aircraft will be able to hire the DA40 for solo use.

Existing PPL(A) licence holders will not qualify to immediately hire the DA40 aircraft. Due to insurance and leasing conditions. Westair are obliged to demonstrate that pilots with PPL(A) ratings also have sufficient experience to operate this glass cockpit aircraft.

Details of DA40 experience building training using the Westair G1000 Simulator are available by following this link here.

If you would like more information or to discuss this further please email school@westair.uk.com or call 01253 342660


All prices include VAT and are correct as at 1/12/2020.