The EASA (European) Private Pilots License entitles the holder to fly a registered aircraft of up to 5700kgs almost anywhere in the world. As the title suggests, it is for private flights only and the holder of a PPL may not fly for remuneration.


The only pre-requisites for training towards the EASA PPL(A) is that the student must be at least 14 years of age. However, in order to fly solo the student must be at least 16 years of age and be the holder of a valid Class 2 Medical certificate issued by EASA Authorised Medical Examiner. It is strongly recommended that the student obtains a Class 2 medical certificate at the earliest opportunity, since failure of the medical examination will result in cessation of training.

Course Requirements

All training takes place in a Cessna 172 or a Piper Warrior. Minimum hours to obtain a PPL are 45 hours, which must include:

·      10 hours Solo

·      25 hours Dual Instruction

The PPL Skill test can be taken when the candidate has completed all required training and is at the required standard. The Skill test lasts between 2 and 2.5 hours which can be included in the 45 minimum hours required.

There is no previous experience required, although a Civil Aviation Authority Medical Certificate is required before any solo flights are undertaken. We have a EASA/CAA approved Doctor AND WE CAN HAVE AN appointment.

During the course the candidate prepares for and sits the PPL ground examinations. There are 9 written ground exams during the course.

  • Exam 1. Aviation Law Examination

This exam consists of 16 multiple choice questions to be answered in 35 minutes, covering the legislative side of General Aviation. Topics covered range from the establishment of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) in the 1940's through to the practical application of The Rules of The Air in the modern aviation environment.

  • Exam 2. Meteorology Examination

16 multiple choice questions to be answered in 50 minutes. This subject provides the PPL student with a firm foundation in basic weathe r theory enabling interpretation of actual weather reports and forecasts to ensure safe flight.

  • Exam 3. Aircraft (General) Knowledge Examination 

16 multiple choice questions to be answered in 35 minutes. All matters technical are covered within this subject. Engines, airframes, fuel and oil systems.

  • Exam 4. Navigation and Radio Aids Examination

12 multiple choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes. From Form of the Earth to GPS, the student is taken through the same basic navigation techniques that have served past aviators so well to the radio navigation aids as employed by today's aeroplanes.

  • Exam 5. Human Performance and Limitations Examination

12 multiple choice questions to be answered in 25 minutes. Aviation is a demanding and unfamiliar environment to the novice pilot, and this subject covers the psychological effects and conditions that trainee aviators will find themselves subjected to during their flying careers.

  • Exam 6. Flight Performance and Planning Examination

12 multiple choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes. The calculations that guarantee safe flight begin long before the engine is started. A pilot must be able to calculate the length of runway required for take-off and landing, as well as whether an aeroplane is correctly loaded within weight and balance limits, and with sufficient fuel for the planned flight.

  • Exam 7. Communications Examination

12 multiple choice questions to be answered in 20 minutes. The theoretical side of aviation Radio-Telephony (RT) communications, ranging from the phonetic alphabet through to the finer points of the 'language' of flying.

  • Exam 8. Operational Procedures Examination

12 multiple choice questions to be answered in 30 minutes. This subject covers standard procedures for pilots to ensure rules are complied with and safety is maintained.

  • Exam 9. Principles of Flight

12 multiple choice questions to be answered in 35 minutes. This subject covers how and why aircraft fly, lift, drag, thrust and weight are all examined in detail.

EASA RT Practical Exam

This is where you and an examiner get to put on your headsets in a classroom. It tests your knowledge of how to both initiate and adapt to situations over the radio in the air.  There will be run-of-the- stuff, like take-off clearance, requesting a MATZ penetration and clearances, as well as more abnormal events, like a pan-pan if you see a large pile-up on the motorway or equally interesting scene.

Privileges of the EASA PPL(A)

The holder of a EASA PPL(A) is permitted to fly:

An aircraft with a maximum take off weight not exceeding 5700kg during the hours of daylight in flight visibilities not less than 5km while remaining in sight of the surface at all times with passengers, but not for remuneration.