EASA Private Pilot LicenceThe easiest way to take to the skies for pleasure, or the first step in a progression to commercial work.
What is an EASA Private Pilot Licence?
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Private Pilot Licence (PPL) allows you to fly an aircraft privately with non-commercial passengers. It's valid anywhere in Europe and recognised worldwide. It's also a stepping-stone towards gaining a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL).
What are the privileges of a PPL?
On initial issue of a PPL, you'll be able to act as Pilot-in-Command of a single engined, piston driven (SEP) aircraft, in day visual flying conditions. Additional Ratings can be added to extend the privileges of your PPL, such as a Night Rating, Instrument Rating (Restricted) or Aerobatic Rating.
How long is it valid for?
EASA PPLs are valid for life (as long as your medical is valid). However, ratings expire. The Single-Engine Piston Rating which you will be issued with is valid for two years and is easily renewed, by experience or by flight test. If it's been a while, we can provide training to get you proficient.
The PPL course structure
|1||Familiarisation with the aeroplane|
|2||Preparation for and action after flight|
|4||Effects of controls|
|6||Straight and level flight|
|12||Take-off and climb to down-wind position|
|13||Circuit, approach and landing|
|12/13E||Emergencies (on take-off/landing)|
|16||Forced landing without power|
|19||Introduction to instrument flight|
|18B||Navigation at lower levels and reduced visibility|
|Aircraft general knowledge|
|Principles of flight|
|Flight planning on performance|
|Human performance and limitations|
The skill test is to demonstrate that while acting as pilot in command (PIC) of the relevant aircraft type you can competently carry out the procedures and manoeuvres that you have been taught during your training course. The skill test is taken with an examiner.
LAPL vs PPL
|Region (European registered aircraft only)||Europe||Worldwide|
|Validity||Licence: 2 Year Rolling|
Single Engine Piston Rating: N/A
Single Engine Piston Rating: 2 Years
|Medical||LAPL Medical||Class Two|
|Additional Ratings||Night Rating, Aerobatic Rating||Multi-Engine Piston Land Class Rating, Instrument Rating (Restricted) or Instrument Rating, Night Rating, Aerobatic Rating|
|Aircraft Restrictions||Maximum Take-Off Weight: 2,000 Kg|
Maximum Passengers: 3
|Maximum Take-Off Weight: 5,750 Kg
Maximum Passengers: 19
Why choose us?
Great training facilities
Generous time slots and friendly one-to-one instruction in our modern facilities mean that you'll always get the quality time that you need whilst training. Plus, we provide everything you'll need in-house, such as training for a FRTOL.
Our friendly team of staff are always on hand, should you need assistance.
Simple to use online services
Our online booking system is quick and easy to use. We'll also send you confirmation and reminder emails.
You can also log in to our members area to see your future bookings, or access our documents store, keep your knowledge up to date and see other relevant information, like Gamston's weather.
Great membership benefits
We are able to offer free landings at Gamston whilst using our aircraft.
Once you're qualified, we'll remind you when your ratings are going to expire to ensure that you're always up-to-date.
We offer free hot drinks whilst you unwind after your flight.