The Private Pilot’s Licence – EASA PPL(A)

The Private Pilots Licence allows you to act as the pilot in command of an aircraft for private use (ie not for any commercial gain). The syllabus includes both practical flight training and ground based study of everything you will need to know to pass the final flight test and obtain your licence. As it is an EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Licence, it is valid throughout the UK and Europe and is usually acceptable worldwide subject to individual national requirements.

Flight Training Structure

The 45 hours flight training is a minimum requirement set down by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). This breaks down as follows:
The first 10-15 hours will be learning basic aircraft handling, flying straight and level, climbing, turning, descending, taking off and landing. This will lead you to your first solo flight – an experience that you will never forget! The next 15-20 hours is focused on developing your Navigational skills, how to go from Doncaster Sheffield to other airports and land at them. After this you will do a further 5 -10 hours of solo flying, including solo navigation, ending up with your Qualifying Cross Country Flight. All that is then left is to do a couple of hours of revision for your final flight test.

Pre Course Requirements

You must be a minimum of 17 years old to obtain your licence. (You may start training from the age of 14). 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 a CAA Authorised Medical Examiner. It is strongly recommended that the student pilot obtains a Class 2 medical certificate at the earliest opportunity. Anyone of average health should have no difficulties in obtaining this medical.

The Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence – EASA LAPL(A)

The Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence allows you to act as the pilot in command of an aircraft for private use (ie not for any commercial gain). The syllabus includes both practical flight training and ground based study of everything you will need to know to pass the final flight test and obtain your licence. As it is an EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Licence, it is valid throughout the UK and Europe. The LAPL allows you to fly within EASA European airspace in visual conditions only. A night rating can be added but not the Instrument Rating (Restricted) meaning that you are only able to fly in good weather.

Flight Training Structure

The LAPL requires a minimum of 30 flying hours; 15 hours of dual training with your instructor and 6 hours of supervised solo flight. The remaining minimum of 9 hours may be made up of dual or solo flying. The flying training shall include at least 3 hours solo cross country time, including at least 1 cross country flight of at least 150 km (80 nm), during which 1 full stop landing at an aerodrome different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made.

Pre Course Requirements

You must be a minimum of 17 years old to obtain your licence. (You may start training from the age of 14). In order to fly solo the student must be at least 16 years of age and be the holder of a valid Medical certificate. For LAPL medicals, you will need to complete a form relating to your medical history as well as undergoing a physical examination. Anyone of average health should have no difficulties in obtaining this medical.

Night Rating

The night rating is one of the most enjoyable ratings to obtain and is the one with the least training time. A minimum of five hours flight time is required to obtain this rating so it can typically be completed over two evenings.

On completion of the night rating you will be entitled to fly between official night and official day (30 minutes after sunset, and 30 minutes before sunrise respectively). This can provide amazing views, as well as providing more variety and experience to your flying. The main reason for doing this course is that you are able to extend your flying in the winter months as you will now be able to land when it is dark.

Flight Training Structure

The Night Rating consists of a total of 5 hours training, of which at least 3 of the hours will be dual training with an instructor and 1 hour of this will be night navigation.

At the end of the course you will have also completed 5 full stop take off and landings as Pilot in Command (solo).

There is no test involved at the end of the course – just completing the course is all that is required. You can also complete the course towards the end of your Private Pilot’s Licence training so that both the PPL and Night Rating are issued together.

As Doncaster Sheffield Airport has full airfield and approach lighting, it makes the perfect environment to complete the Night Rating training.

Instrument Rating (Restricted)

The Instrument Rating (Restricted), also known as the Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) rating is highly recommended for anyone who intends flying frequently in the UK. The rating allows the pilot to fly in a much wider range of weather conditions and greatly improves instrument and general flying proficiency. It is one of the most challenging and useful ratings you can obtain.

It will allow you to fly safely should you encounter poor visibility or conditions which may have reduced to below those required for a basic PPL holder. It enables you to fly safely with confidence and part of the training involves learning to fly instrument approaches at airfields.

This can be very useful if the weather at your destination has got worse than you expected. The course covers the use of radio navigation aids such as VOR/DME, NDB and ILS.

Flight Training Structure

A minimum of 15 hours dual instrument flying training, of this a minimum of 10 hours is flown by sole reference to the instruments. The training starts with basic manoeuvres with reference to instruments and eventually leads up to completing instrument approaches. As Doncaster Sheffield Airport has both ILS and NDB approaches in a controlled air traffic environment, it makes the perfect platform to carry out the IR(R) training.

Ground School

As well as the flight training side of gaining your PPL, there are also 9 written examinations to pass.
These are as follows:

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

Our instructors can provide ground school training towards passing these exams and can be done as either a group session, or if required, a more flexible one on one approach. PPL ground school training can be provided 7 days a week, including evenings, to suit your requirements. Please contact us for pricing and to discuss your individual requirements.