Types of Pilot’s Licence

Choosing between PPl and LAPL

There are two main private pilot’s licences that you can train for, the Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) or the Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL).

The major difference for pilots between the two licences is the reduced training for the LAPL. Instead of 45 hours required training you need as a minimum for the PPL, only 30 hours of training is required for the LAPL. There are several parts of the PPL training, like Radio Navigation that are not included in the LAPL training.

Both of these licences require training both on the ground and in the air. There are nine theory subjects to learn and examinations to pass.

PPL vs LAPL

Licence

PPL

LAPL

Pre-Requisites

None

None

Theory Subjects

9

9

Minimum Flying Hours

45

30

Dual Instruction Hours

35

24

Solo Flying Hours

10

6

Qualifying Cross Country

150 nautical miles with landings at 2 aerodromes other than that of departure

80 nautical miles with 1 landing at an aerodrome other than that of departure

Valid

The world

EU only

Privileges

Visual conditions down to 1500m daytime

Visual conditions down to 1500m daytime

Additional Privileges Available

Night Rating

Instrument Rating (IR)

CPL and beyond

Night Rating

Additional Ratings

Multi Engine

Turbine Engine

Jet

None

Medical Requirements

CAA Class 2 Medical

LAPL Medical

Maximum Take-off Weight

5750kg

2000kg

Maximum Persons on Board

19

4

Full details of licensing requirements and privileges is set out in CAP 804.

 

How long will training take and what will you need to pay? Find out here.