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The Private Pilot's Licence 

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Is this Licence For You? 

The Private Pilot's Licence is the foundation for Light Aircraft Piloting. This licence can be used for many different intentions; 

  • A Private Pilot's Licence is required to pursue a commercial career in aviation. It is therefore considered the first step in your training to be a commercial pilot. 

  • The Private Pilot's Licence is the fundamental licence in the general aviation sector. Perfect for those wishing to fly privately as a hobby. 

What can you do with a Private Pilot's Licence? 

A PPL holder can fly a UK registered light aircraft (5,700kg) in Visual Flight Rues (VFR) by day. In addition, they have the following privileges. 

  • Carry passengers without payment 

  • Additional ratings to fly at night and instrument conditions can be added. 

Training for additional ratings can be found here:

What are the training requirements? 

Practical training 

A minimum of 45 hours flight time in total; 

  •  25 hours of dual flight instruction. 

  •  10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time. 

  •  At least 1 cross country flight of at least 270 km (150 NM) that includes full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from   the departure aerodrome. 

Ground training 

  • 9 theory exams (taken at Horizon ground school) 

  • Practical radio test. 

  •  Skills test with a Flight Examiner. 

Students must hold a minimum of a class 2 medical. 

Students must be a minimum age of 16 to fly solo, and 17 for licence issue.