Pilot Theory

Pilot Theory Courses

Theory Exam Masterclass

Venue - Almat Flying Academy Dakota House, Coventry Airport, Coventry

Open to non-members as individual modules or a full intensive course including an attempt at the theoretical exams FREE...

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£69.99 – £499

There are 9 theory exams to be passed before the practical skills test for either a PPL or LAPL pilot licence. The exams are designed to provide a theoretical background to practical training. Having the underpinning knowledge is essential to ensure that the flight training is supported. This create safe and well rounded pilots. Capable of  handling an aircraft safely, even in stressful situations.

Pilot Theory Study Requirements

Theoretical training beyond what is required to pass the exams is recommended to build your confidence as a pilot and help you know what to do in any situation. The minimum hours for a LAPL licence  is 30, which can be accrued quickly if you are in a hurry.

Question banks are helpful tools and it is no secret that if you practise enough questions you will probably see some that are very close to the actual questions. This may well get you that tick in the box and allow you to pass the exam. The downside to question banks, is that it is easy to recall answers, rather than absorb the knowledge. Pilots with 1000 hours experience recommend studying the theory. This is because a sound knowledge is essential should it all not go to plan e.g. due to bad weather.

Are there any books or equipment that I will need?

Yes – These are on sale and available at the club and your instructor or a member of staff will assist you in choosing the correct study material.

Where can I sit the written examinations?

At your convenience at our flying club.

PPL / LAPL Licence Theory Exam Modules Overview

LAPL & PPL license types have 9 modules as follows:

Air Law

  • Aerodromes  & Altimeter-Setting Procedures
  • Air Traffic Services & Air Space
  • Visual Flight Rules / Instrument Flight Rules
  • Operation of Aircraft & Air worthiness
  • Distress, Urgency, Safety and Warning Signals
  • Search & Rescue (SAR) & Accident Investigation Regulations
  • ICAO Annex Terminology


  • The International Standard Atmosphere (ISA)
  • Altimetry & Variation in Atmospheric Pressure
  • Heating Effects in the Atmosphere & Wind
  • Cloud, Precipitation & Visibility
  • Air Masses, Pressure Systems & Frontal Weather
  • Hazardous Conditions including Thunderstorms & Icing
  • Weather Forecasts and Reports


  • The Earth & Time
  • Aeronautical Charts
  • The Magnetic Compass and Direction
  • Flight Planning inc Routes & Vertical Navigation
  • Airspeed, Drift, Heading and Groundspeed
  • Fuel Calculations &Flight Plan Form
  • En-Route Navigation Techniques & Off-Track Heading Corrections
  • Navigation in Bad Weather and Remote Areas

Human Performance & Limitations

  • Human Physiology and High Altitudes
  • Eyesight, Visual Illusions, Hearing and Balance
  • Stress Management, Fatigue, Sleep
  • Information Processing, Judgement and Decision-making
  • Airmanship and Treat and Error Management
  • Safety and Care of Passengers
  • First Aid & Survival


  • Cockpit Radios & What to Say
  • Aerodrome Operations & Aerodrome Information
  • Airspace Classification
  • R/T in Uncontrolled Airspace & R/T in Controlled Airspace
  • Emergency Procedures & Radio Failure Procedures
  • Example VFR Flights & Example IFR Flights
  • Radio Fundamentals

Flight Planning & Performance

  • Atmospheric Conditions
  • Take-Off, Landing Performance & En Route Performance
  • Mass and Balance
  • Wake Turbulence
  • Ground Effect & Windshear

Aircraft General Knowledge

  • The Airframe & The Aeroplane Engine
  • The Carburettor & The Fuel System
  • The Oil System, The Cooling System & The Vacuum System

Principles of Flight

  • The Forces acting on and Aircraft – Weight, Drag & Lift
  • Lift/Drag Ratio
  • Thrust from the Propeller
  • Stability, Control & Flaps
  • Straight and Level, Climbing, Descending, Turning and Stalling

Operational Procedures

  • Operation of Aircraft
  • Noise Abatement Procedures
  • Fire or Smoke
  • Windshear, Microburst & Wake Turbulence
  • Emergency and Precautionary Landings
  • Contaminated Runways