PPL Training

The Private Pilot Licence typically referred to by its acronym PPL is the classic pilot’s licence. It allows holders to fly anywhere in Europe. Meaning you could take family and friends on adventures aboard.

The PPL can also be added to by obtaining additional ratings. You will require a PPL in order to be able to gain a Commercial Pilot’s Licence later on if desired. If you don´t you may want to look at the LAPL License. For a comparison of the two licence types visit our pilot licence page.

Private Pilot Licence Privileges

  • To act as pilot in command on ANY single engine piston aircraft for non-commercial operations (subject to differences training).
  • Fly passengers (Subject to currency requirements).
  • Able to fly anywhere in Europe and outside of Europe (State Dependant).
  • Ability to gain additional ratings such as Instrument, Aerobatics, Multi Engine, Instructor.

PPL Pre-Requisites

  • The minimum age to hold a licence is 17, students can fly solo at 16 and can log hours from 14.
  • Class Two medical certificate, this requires a good level of health and the examination must be carried out by a specialist Aeromedical Examiner. This certificate must be renewed at regular intervals dependant on age.
  • Be able and willing to commit to a certain amount of self study at home in addition to flying lessons and ground school.

Training For Your Private Pilot Licence

The flying training will be done with a qualified instructor and is usually done on the same type of aircraft for consistency. In order to be able to fly solo the above mentioned medical must be gained. The applicant must have a minimum of 45 hours to apply for a licence. These hours are to be made up as follows:

  • 25 Hours of dual instruction.
  • 10 Hours of solo flight which is supervised from the ground by and instructor inc 5 hour cross country.
  • 5 Hours of solo cross-country time which must include a qualifying cross country trip of 150NM (270km) with stops at two separate aerodromes.
  • The remaining 5 hours are made up of additional revision as required.

These hours are an absolute minimum. As we all learn at different paces some people may need more time in order to obtain the standard required for skills test.

PPL Theoretical Knowledge

There are 9 theoretical exams which must be passed in order to hold a PPL. These are multiple choice and not as bad as they sound! The PPL skills test must be passed within 18 months of completing the theory exams. Full support is offered by Almat Flying Academy in the form of regular ground schools and one to one sessions with an instructor if needed. The subjects to be passed are:

  • Air Law (This must be passed before flying solo)
  • Human Performance
  • Meteorology
  • Communications (Both a written and practical test to be passed)
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of flight
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Navigation

PPL Skills Test

Once you have obtained at least 45 hours and you instructor feels that you have reached the required standard you will be recommended for a skills test. All theory exams must have been passed in order to take this and you must have a current medical. The test usually consists of around two hours with an examiner (Almat have their own examiner!) You will be asked to demonstrate what you have learnt and how you will react if something goes wrong. You will have practised all this with your instructor therefore the test should be simply a formality.

PPL Medical Requirements

In order a hold a private pilot licence you must hold a current Class 2 medical. This must be carried out by a specialist Aeromedical Examiner (AME) at your expense.

The initial medical normally takes a few hours and will assess your general fitness. The medical must be renewed periodically and is valid for between 1 to 5 years depending on the holders age.

If you do not meet the medical criteria to hold a Class two medical and therefore hold a PPL we also offer a LAPL licence which is more limiting than a PPL but has the benefit of lower medical requirements. Please ask a member of staff for details.

PPL – Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a PPL cost?

This is dependant on a number of factors such as what type of aircraft you fly and how often you can commit to flying. Generally the more frequently you fly the less hours it will take you to pass which will of course work out cheaper. A good figure would be approximately £7000 for the entire course.

This is by no means a definitive cost, 45 hours is the legal minimum required to gain a private pilot licence. Many people take longer to reach the required standard. In addition there is also equipment that must be purchased in order to complete the training. Please keep both of these factors in mind when budgeting.

How often should I fly?

The simple answer to this is as often as possible! The more often you fly the more consistent your training will be. Instructors find that students who fly infrequently may spend some of their lesson revising skills that have learnt previously. This will obviously take a lot longer. However this been said flying is an expensive activity and you will of course have other demands on your time. Therefore the answer to this question is as often as you are able.