EASA PPL(A) (European Aviation Safety Agency Private Pilots Licence Airplane.)

There are two classes of licence

1.Part -FCL

Recognised worldwide and entitling the holder to fly single engine aircraft as Pilot in Command  in non-commercial operations on aeroplanes or touring motor gliders in UK, and Europe. Additional training can add ratings to fly more complex aircraft, night and instrument flying.


Minimum age 14 years to count towards hours logged, 16 years to fly solo, 17 years to gain a PPL. 

Class 2 medical certificate (approved medical examiner, not GP) early in training and certainly before solo flight.


You will need to complete 45 hours of flight instruction on aeroplanes, including at least

1. 25 hours of dual flight instruction,

2. 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross country flight time with 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.

You will need to complete a two part skill test (Navigation and General Handling) after you have completed all the flying requirements. The Examiner will include an oral test and an informal assessment of proficiency in English. The skills test lasts approximately 2-2.5 hours and can be counted towards the 45 hour minimum.

Nine muliple choice theoretical examinations (20-50 minutes each) in the following subjects: Aiviation Law, Meteorology, Aircraft(general) Knowledge, Navigation and Radio Aids,Human Performance and Limitations, Flight Performance and Planning, Communications, Operational Procedures and Principles of Flight.

All training, examinations and skills tests are available at Shropshire Aero Club. Typically it takes about a year and costs on average £8000-£9500 depending on ability and how regularly you fly.

Initially no equipment is required, but if you decide to continue your flight training you will need a logbook, aircraft checklist, instruction manuals, navigation instruments. These can be purchased as you progress or you can buy a SAC customised PPL study pack at a greatly reduced price.

2. LAPL  Light Aircraft Pilots Licence

Slightly lower requirements therefore less cost, but more restricted.

Minimum 32 hours flying training including at least

  1. 15 hours of dual flight instruction in the class of aircraft you will be taking your skill test in - either a single-engine piston (SEP) aeroplane or TMG.
  2. 6-hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 3 hours of solo cross country flight time with at least 1 cross country flight of at least 150 km (80 NM) that includes 1 full stop landing at an aerodrome different from the departure aerodrome

Medical Certificate equivalent of DVLA class 1 or 2 and can be performed by a GP

Theoretical exams the same as Part-FCL

Skills Test

With further training the LAPL licence can be converted to Part-FCL.