Private Pilots License (PPL/LAPL)

Pilot Training from Go Fly Pilot Training School

As an EASA Approved Training Organisation, we offer a wide variety of Part-FCL training courses, all of which are in full compliance with CAA and EASA regulations. We currently offer PPL (Private Pilot’s License) and LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilot’s License)

What is the PPL?

PPL stands for ‘Private Pilots Licence’, and is effectively the aviation equivalent of a drivers licence, in that it entitles you to pilot an aircraft privately and with non-commercial passengers. Unlike a driving licence you have to pass a medical examination, and you have to keep your rating current to maintain it (by flying a specified number of hours a year).

Those totally new to aviation and considering a PPL for the first time will find that the PPL is simply an introduction to aviation and the pleasures of flying. So rather than provide a beginning and an end, a PPL is more akin to a foundation for pilot training which you can then build experience and add additional flying privileges, whether you want to add IMC ratings (to enable you to fly in more difficult weather conditions) or even aerobatics in due course.

What is the LAPL?

LAPL stands for ‘Light Aircraft Pilot’s License’ this is the license which is replacing the UK NPPL as the new ‘less stringent’, non-commercial pilot’s license. This license is perfect for someone who is unable to gain a full class 2 medical or just wants to get the most of  flying around the local area.

What are the Requirements of a PPL?

Formally, you must be fit enough to pass a medical exam (for the LAPL the exam is much less stringent), and must also have completed at least 45 hours flying training (30 for the LAPL), 10 of which must be solo to qualify to take the practical exam.

Other than that plenty of enthusiasm always helps!

How much will it cost me?

At Go Fly we offer fixed price packages on both pilot training options. The PPL packages start from £9,270 (inc VAT) and the LAPL from £6,180. The PPL includes the required 45 hours of flying time and the LAPL includes the required 30 hours of flying time. Alternatively, we offer PPL & LAPL training from just £206 (Pilot club members) and £257.50 (non members) per hour, allowing you to finish the course in as much time as you wish.

Despite the requirement for 45hrs tuition for the PPL, the National average is between 55 and 60 hours, and most student pilots finish comfortably in this range. However 45 hours is more than possible provided you can maintain continuity without large breaks in learning, but you’ll find that flying is a relatively large commitment and most people just simply enjoy being up in the air so an extra 5 hours of tuition is simply 5 hours they would fly in any case!

As far as budgeting is concerned, however, 55 hours is a sensible commitment if you’re flying for pleasure or 45 if you can commit to flying full time. As well as this you should budget approximately £250 for books and equipment costs if you plan to pay as you go.

How long will it take to pass?

The CAA requires that all ground school exams be passed in an 18 month period from start to finish, so this realistically forms the ideal maximum limit. But bearing in mind that most people require 55 hours tuition, then simply committing to one session a week, given that in the navigation component of the course students will often do two or three hours total in a session, means that students can aim to pass comfortably in a year even allowing for some poor weather and holidays etc. It is not unknown for really determined students to pass in less than two months.

What’s the Course Format?

We teach the EASA PPL Syllabus, and are an Approved Training Organisation.

The basic course is split in to 9 theoretical sections, and three main phases of practical flying training. The theoretical aspect is examined with multiple choice exams in Meteorology, Navigation, Communications, Flight Performance & Planning, Human Factors, Air Law, Operational Procedures, Aircraft General Knowledge and Principles of Flight. These sound intimidating, but don’t require any prior knowledge of aviation, although an enthusiasm to learn is helpful! Generally students don’t have too many problems with the theoretical aspect of the course (some even enjoy it!), but our instructors are always available to give advice. Ground school is provided, and all exams are taken on site.

Aside from the formal theoretical aspect, the practical side of training is always accompanied with ground briefings. Your instructor will fully brief you before every flight, and aim to answer any questions you might have. We’re conscious that people are often very different when it comes to their individual learning styles and we try to accommodate as many of these as possible. What you’re really getting is fully personalised, one-to-one flying tuition to ensure that flying remains fun at all times!

The practical side of the course progresses from general handling to circuits and finally navigation. The first includes learning about the controls and the effects they have on the aircraft and the second learning to perform take-offs and landings and fly into airports and aerodromes. The final element covers all the practical aspects of navigation and builds up to the exam which you take to complete your private pilots licence.