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PILOTS LICENCES

There may be many reasons for wishing to gain your pilots licence. For leisure, as a new hobby, a personal challenge or even fulfilling a lifetime’s ambition. You may be looking for a future career in aviation and want to be the airline captain of tomorrow. Gaining your licence may be much easier than think and we have the courses to help you at North Weald Flight Training.

For Information for the complete beginner click here

Alternatively you may already have your licence and looking to gain additional ratings or improve your skill.

As a complete beginner there are two main licences available to the new pilot:

The Private Pilots Licence (PPL) Or The Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL)

The Private Pilots Licence

This is an ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) Licence recognised across the world & is regulated in the UK by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) under the direction of EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency). This licence gives you the freedom to pilot an aircraft within your qualified category not just within the UK but worldwide. The privileges of this licence allow you to fly privately (not for remuneration or for any commercial operation),

Whats involved?

  • 45 hours flight training which includes the following:
    • 25 hours dual flight instruction.
    • 10 hours supervised solo flight time.
    • A solo cross-country flight of at least 150 nautical miles landing at 2 airfields along the route and then returning to the airfield of departure.

In addition to the flight time there are nine ground exams which you will need to pass. All are multiple choice answers in subjects that hopefully you will enjoy learning. The exams are an integral part of becoming a safe, competent and experienced pilot and the minimum pass mark is 75%.

These are:

  • Air Law,
  • Aeroplane General
  • Principles of Flight,
  • Flight Performance and Planning,
  • Navigation,
  • Meteorology
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Operational Procedures
  • Communications

On completion of your flight training you will have a Skills Test with a CAA Authorised Examiner to demonstrate the skills learnt.

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Light Aircraft Pilots Licence

The LAPL will allow you to fly within the UK plus the European Member States. There are some restrictions with the LAPL and the privileges of this licence allow you to fly privately (not for remuneration or for any commercial purpose) as the PPL. The main restrictions and limitations of the LAPL are as below:

(a) The privileges of the holder of an LAPL for aeroplanes are to act as PIC on single engine piston aeroplanes-land or TMG with a maximum certificated take-off mass of 2000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers, such that there are never more than 4 persons on board of the aircraft.

(b) Holders of an LAPL(A) shall only carry passengers once they have completed 10hours of flight time as PIC on aeroplanes or TMG after the issuance of the licence

30 hours of Flight Training which includes the following:

  • 15 hours dual instruction
  • 6 hours supervised solo time
  • A solo cross-country flight of at least 80 nautical miles landing at different airfield to the departure airfield and then returning to the airfield of departure

And as with the PPL In addition to the flight time there are nine ground exams which you will need to pass. All are multiple choice answers in subjects that hopefully you will enjoy learning. The exams are an integral part of becoming a safe, competent and experienced pilot and the minimum pass mark is 75%

These are:

  • Air Law,
  • Aeroplane General
  • Principles of Flight,
  • Flight Performance and Planning,
  • Navigation,
  • Meteorology
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Operational Procedures
  • Communications

We will discuss with you in more detail which licence is right for you to ensure you complete the training that is right for your needs now and in the future.

Your new licence be it PPL or LAPL will allow you to fly single engine piston aircraft in daylight hours under VFR (Visual Flight Rules), Just imagine piloting yourself and your family or friends to France for the day!

Medical Requirements

Whether you choose to train for the PPL or the LAPL during your course and before your first solo flight you will be required undertake a medical examination and to be issued with a Pilot Medical Certificate. For the PPL this is known as a ‘Class 2’ Pilot Medical or for the LAPL course simply an LAPL Medical. These are issued by Aviation Medical Examiners (AME’s), Doctors who are authorised by the CAA to carry out Pilot Medicals and issue the appropriate certificates. Some GP’s who participate in the scheme can also issue LAPL Medicals only, however this is subject to a number of provisos. We can advise you on where to find an AME.

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Instrument Rating Restricted (IR R)

The IMC rating allows the holder to fly within more limiting weather and can potentially provide an additional margin of safety should conditions deteriorate during a flight. The IMC rating provides a time and cost effective alternative to the full Instrument Rating (IR). The IMC is a UK only rating and can be endorsed on a UK or UK issued EASA Part-FCL  and used within UK airspace.

Flight Training Requirements. Candidates must complete a minimum of 25 hours of flying following PPL issue before applying for the IMC rating. It is worth keeping in mind that many candidates complete a greater number of flight training hours. The flying hours must include the following:

  • 10 hours as Pilot in Command.
  • 5 hours as Pilot in Command on cross country flights.
  • 15 hours as Pilot under Training in instrument flying during the IMC course.
  • 5 hours of training may be conducted in a Flight Simulator or Flight and Navigational Procedures Trainer (FNPT)

However most candidates complete all the required flight training hours within the aircraft.

10 hours total flight time by sole reference to instruments during IMC course.

Theoretical Knowledge Subjects. A single ground exam covers subjects drawn from the IMC and PPL syllabuses and includes questions on planning and executing a typical flight under

Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) outside controlled airspace.

Radiotelephony operator’s licence (FRTOL). Applicants for an IMC rating must hold a valid Flight Radiotelephony Operator’s Licence.

Training Credits. Credits towards flight training and theoretical elements are available. These are dependent upon previous training and experience.

Competency Based Instrument Rating

Coming soon

Night Rating

Introduction. The experience of flying at night is truly unique and should be tried by all pilots at least once. The Night Qualification allows the holder to act as pilot in command of an aircraft at night and provides an additional margin of safety as evening approaches at the end of a days flying.

Flight Training Requirements. Candidates complete a minimum of 5 hours of flight training at night. An instrument flying refresher training flight during daylight hours is often found to be helpful prior to commencing the night training. It is worth keeping in mind that many candidates complete a greater number of flight training hours. Training for the Night Qualification may be completed during training for the EASA PPL.

The flight training must include the following:

  • 3 hours dual training including 1 hour of navigation.
  • 5 take off and full stop landings at night as pilot in command.
  • Theoretical Knowledge Subjects. There are no theoretical exams required; however a suitable level of background study and briefing with your instructor will ensure that the considerations of night flying are fully understood.

Training Credits. Credits towards the flight training are available. These are dependent upon previous training and experience.

Skills Test. There is no flight skills test, simply an application to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to have the qualification added on your licence.

Currency. To carry passengers the pilot in command must have completed at least 3 take offs and 3 landings during the previous 90 days. If the pilot in command does not have a current Instrument Rating (IR) then 1 take off and 1 landing must have been completed at night. As with all safety related matters, a greater level of currency is always advisable.

Differences Training

If you already hold a licence and are looking to add difference training in either a club aircraft or your own we can teach and sign of differences training for the following:

  • constant-speed propeller
  • retractable undercarriage
  • Glass Screen
  • Single power lever

Radiotelephony Courses

We run an exciting communications course that will prepare you for the communications written and practical exam. The day includes lunch and number are limited to a maximum of 10.

Course dates are limited throughout the year so book early to avoid disappointment.

Ground School

Ground school can be tailored to an individuals needs. Please contact us for more details


Aerobatic Rating

We offer Aerobatic training for the EASA and AOPA rating in our C152 Aerobats. Please contact us for further information.

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