Whether you want to fly for recreation or start the journey for a career in aviation, the PPL is where to start.
45 hours total flight time including:
20 hours dual flight time
10 hours solo flight time
5 hours solo navigation
9 theoretical exams & practical radiotelephony test
Practical Flight test
About the course
The course 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 in between 2 or 3 months, but many people spread the course over 12 to 18 months, taking lessons roughly once a week.
The first part of the course focuses on teaching basic aircraft handling techniques before moving on to the take-off and landing. At the same time you will be learning to use the aircraft radio and handle some simple emergency scenarios. When your instructor thinks you are ready you will be sent to complete your first solo flight. After you have consolidated your solo experience you will fly beyond the airfield and learn navigation techniques. This culminates in a long solo navigation flight to two other airfields. Once this is complete you will do some final revision before your skills test. Alongside your flight training there are also 9 written examinations and a practical test on the use of the radio.
Class 2 medical (before solo)
Minimum age to begin training; 14 years old
Minimum age for solo: 16 years old
Minimum age for licence issue: 17 years old