Private Pilot's Licence (EASA)

The EASA Private Pilot's Licence (PPL) allows you to fly in visual conditions, in daylight, with passengers in any single (piston) engined aeroplane (SEP). You may not receive payment for flying but, in certain circumstances, you can share the costs with your passengers.

The Joint Aviation Authority requires a minimum of 45 hours training before they will issue a licence. It is, however, quite common for students to take more than this minimum to achieve the required standard. If you want to fly at night, in cloud or in a turbo-prop, jet or multi-engined plane, you need to train for the appropriate ratings.

JAA Requirements For PPL Issue

1) Forty five hours total flying time in a dual-control aeroplane.

2) Ten hours of the 45 hours total must be solo time (called P1) of which at least 5 hours must be solo cross country navigation, including the Qualifying Cross Country Flight which normally accounts for about 2 and half hours.

3) Twenty-five of the 45 hours total must be dual flying with an instructor and must include 2 hours of stall and spin avoidance training (SSAT).

4) Passes in the following ground exams:

Air Law



Flight Performance & Planning

Human Performance

Aircraft General Knowledge

Principals of Flight

Communications (Radio Telephony)

Operational Procedure

5) A valid medical certificate issued by a EASA-authorised medical examiner.

6) An RT practical test

7) A Qualifying Cross Country certificate

8) The Skill Test - combined navigation and aircraft handling.

9) Aeroplane Knowledge (oral exam)

10) A personal log book certified correct by the Chief Flying Instructor.

11) A completed EASA PPL Application Form.

12) A cheque made out to the Licensing Authority for the appropriate fee.

Flying Training Exercises

1) Aircraft familiarisation

2) Preparation for and action after flight

3) Air experience

4) Effects of controls

5) Taxying & Emergencies

6) Straight and level flight

7) Climbing

8) Descending

9) Turning

10a) Slow flight

10b) Stalling

11) Spin avoidance

12) Take off (inc. emergency procedures) and climb to the down-wind position

13) The circuit, approach and landing (inc. emergency procedures)

14) First solo

15) Advanced turning

16) Forced landing without power

17) Precautionary landings

18a) Visual (Pilot) navigation

18b) Operations at minimum level and reduced visibility

19) Basic instrument flight

Qualifying Cross Country (solo)

The Skill Test