Light Aircraft Pilot’s License LAPL
LAPL stands for ‘Light Aircraft Pilot’s License’, it allows you to act as PIC (Pilot in charge) on single engine piston aircraft, with a maximum weight of 2000kg and a maximum of 3 passengers.
The LAPL is ideal for someone who wants to get the most of flying around the local area.
Product details and key information
How much will it cost me?
The LAPL packages start from £6,180. The LAPL includes the minimum required 35 hours of flying time. Alternatively, we offer 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 35hrs tuition for the LAPL, the national average is between 40 and 45 hours, and most student pilots finish comfortably in this range. However 35 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, 45 hours is a sensible commitment if you’re flying for pleasure or 40 if you can commit to flying full time. In addition you should budget approximately £250 for books and equipment costs.
How long will it take to pass?
Currently there is no time limit as to how long the LAPL course will take to complete. The syllabus requires a minimum of 35 flight hours though the average LAPL student completes a course in around 45 hours. Subsequently due to various factors including weather conditions and student’s availability, the course can be completed in as little as two months or in excess of two years.
What’s the Course Format?
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 and 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 pilot’s licence.
If you would like to know more, our team will happily talk you through all that is involved.
Contact us for more information.