Private Pilot Licence - Overview
The Private Pilot Licence (PPL) course combines practical flight training and the theoretical knowledge required to fly light aircraft. This is the foundation for any future training such as the night rating or Instrument Rating Restricted, it is also a prerequisite for a career in professional aviation.
The course requires a minimum of 45 hours flying time, including 10 hours solo, ending with a skills test. There are also 9 written exams to be completed.
You must hold either a valid CAA Class 1 or 2 medical before first solo flight which has been conducted by a CAA approved Doctor. We can point you in the right direction.
The course breakdown
Private Pilot Licence - Theory Examinations
There are nine theory exams to be completed covering important topics including:
Principles of Flight
Flight Performance & Planning
Aircraft General Knowledge
All of the exams are in the multiple-choice format and require a 75% pass
Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
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