Licence and Ratings
|Below is a list of equipment we recommend for students starting out in their flying career.
The PPL License is valid throughout much of Europe and is recognised world wide.
During the course you will fly for at least 45 hours excluding the skills test. The lessons follow a properly structured course and will usually cover a specific exercise as its core with revision of previous exercises as required.
Syllabus & Exercise Numbers
The following is a guide to the order of the exercises and the flight times involved. It is based on ideal conditions. However it is a guide only, the times will vary with individual students and the order of some exercises may be changed to accommodate prevailing weather conditions and maintain continuity of your training.
During your course you will be required to pass the following exams, they are sat in house and are multi choice. Preparation is usually by private study under the guidance of your instructor. Specific text books and interactive CD’s are available for each subject.
Aviation Law and Operational Procedures
This covers some of the legal constitutions in a very basic manner, more importantly from a safety point of view it covers the rules of the air and can broadly be compared to the Highway Code. This exam must be passed before your first solo flight.
This covers the use of the aircraft radio and its associated phraseology. You will be flying from several airfields utilising different forms of Air Traffic Control sharing the local airspace with a variety of aircraft ranging from small other light aircraft through Search and Rescue Helicopters to large Airliners. Listening to the radio for the first time it may all sound like “gobbledygook” but with some patience and practice you will soon understand what other pilots and controllers are saying and be able to use the radio with comfort. This exam must also be passed before your first solo.
This covers the study of weather systems and their effects on flying including forecasts and actual weather conditions. You must pass this exam before your first solo cross country flight.
Navigation and Radio Aids
This covers the understanding of maps and how to use them to plan your flight finding your way from one airfield to another including the use of radio beacons. This exam must also be passed before your first solo cross country.
Flight Planning and Performance
This covers the loading of the aircraft to ensure that it is not overweight and that its load i.e. pilot, passengers, fuel and baggage are evenly balanced. It also covers ensuring that that the runways being used are long enough for take off and landing taking into account the prevailing conditions. This exam must be passed before your skills test.
Aircraft General and Principles of Flight
This covers some of the basic details of aircraft construction and the principles of the simple piston engine. Also covered are the basic principles of how an aircraft flies. This exam must be passed before your skills test.
Human Performance and Limitations
This covers some of the basic human physiology and its relationship with flying. This exam must also be passed before your skills test.
After you have passed the first exam you must pass the rest within eighteen months, after that you have a further twenty four months in which to complete your flying training. This gives you a total time of 3½ years from sitting your first exam to completing the course. In the unlikely event of running out of time it is simply a matter re-sitting the earlier exams.
Radio Telephony Practical Exam
This is test which combined with the communications written exam leads to the issue of a licence permitting you to use the aircraft radio once your Private Pilots Licence has been issued. Practical training on the use of the aircraft radio is included with your normal flying training. Specific practical training will be given if required.
The Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL) is a basic licence for the leisure pilot, which can also be used to progress to more advanced flying ratings or qualifications. This licence is recognised throughout the UK and in some other states around the world.
The LAPL entitles a pilot to fly an aeroplane of up to 2000kg, carrying up to three passengers, in daylight and in ‘visual’ weather conditions – that is weather good enough to control and navigate the aircraft by external reference.
The Course for the LAPL includes a minimum of 32 hours flying (including the final flying skills test).
The LAPL may have limitations depending on your future flying aspirations. Please contact us to discuss whether or not the LAPL course is right for you.
|We offer various additional ratings and conversions. Please contact us to discuss your requirements or just to have a chat about the training on offer.|
Our additional ratings and conversions include: