In order to fly light aeroplanes it is necessary to obtain a Private Pilot's Licence (PPL). This entails undergoing a course of flight training, passing 9 multiple choice exams and passing a flight skill test. The EASA PPL requires a minimum of 45 hours flying training and allows the licence holder to fly in most European States and many other countries.

At the club we offer training courses for this licence. Your training programme can be individually selected to suit your specific requirements. Although it is possible for an exceptional student to complete the course in the minimum hours quoted, most people have to fit their training around a busy lifestyle. There will be times when the pressure of work or bad weather cause gaps in training and the subsequent lesson becomes revision rather than advancement. Consequently most students will exceed the minimum hours required for licence issue.

The European Aviation Safety Agency Private Pilot's Licence (EASA PPL) allows the licence holder to carry passengers in visual conditions during daylight hours. A Class 2 medical certificate is required for solo flight. EASA PPL holders can build on the basic PPL privileges by attaching additional ratings to their licences: Night rating, Instrument Meteorological Condition Rating (IMC), Multi-engine Piston Rating (MEP) and PPL Instrument Rating (PPL/IR). More details can be found by downloading the guide below, or from the download page.

Students are also required to pass nine theoretical exams, in the following areas:

  • Air law
  • Human performance
  • Communications
  • Principles of flight
  • Operational procedures
  • Meteorology
  • Flight performance and planning
  • Aircraft general knowledge
  • Navigation
Click here to download the club guide to obtaining your PPL