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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.

Medical Requirements

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:

  • Aviation Law

  • Human Performance

  • Meteorology

  • Communications

  • Principles of Flight

  • Operational Procedures

  • Flight Performance & Planning

  • Aircraft General Knowledge

  •  Navigation


All of the exams are in the multiple-choice format and require a 75% pass

Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

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Private Pilot Licence at Aeros

Academy open days

Our doors are always open for a chat and a cuppa, but our open days are special. You'll get the chance to speak with students, instructors, and our first officer graduates who fly for the airlines, all while touring one of our academies and seeing the training aircraft up close. Keep an eye on our news section and social media for information on our upcoming open days.

Academy open days at Aeros

Talk to our Career Advisors

Our Career and Training Advisory Team are always on hand to talk you through your training options and offer clear and concise advice on your flight training journey. You can get in touch with them directly by contacting any of our academies here.

Talk to our Career Advisors at Aeros
Our student success at Aeros

Our Graduates Success

Our graduates fly for a huge variety of airlines and we feel privileged to have helped so many students achieve the role of First Officer and start their airline career. Our graduates fly for British Airways, Ryanair, easyJet, Turkish, Norwegian and Emirates to name just a few.

 Your PPL - where it all began.

We're proud of our training, our graduates and our ethos. Following your dream doesn't need to cost the earth. We take the hassle out of your training and can get you to airline employment-ready as quickly and as safely as we can. After all, reputation is everything.

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