LAPL to PPL Conversion Course in London

LAPL to PPL Conversion Course

Our LAPL to PPL Conversion Course in London is designed to help LAPL holders to upgrade their licences conveniently and in a fuss-free manner.

With a PPL, you can fly outside the UK as well as obtain the Restricted Instrument Rating (IR(R)) and Multi-Engine Ratings.

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LAPL to PPL Conversion Course

This conversion course is aimed at existing Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) holders who want to develop their flight capabilities further.

Upgrading to a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) will grant LAPL holders extra flight permissions like flying a non-commercial aircraft outside the UK as Pilot in Command (PIC).

Our LAPL to PPL Conversion Course in London involves building on the flight time completed for the LAPL to get the LAPL.

This means that the conversion comprises 15 hours of flight and getting a Class 2 Medical Certificate.

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Our conversion course is aimed at current LAPL holders who want to obtain the flying privileges of the PPL.

While both the LAPL and PPL allow pilots to fly non-commercially, there are some key differences.

For one, a LAPL can only be used to fly within the UK, while holding a PPL allows pilots to fly outside the UK as well.

A pilot holding a LAPL is allowed to fly small aircraft weighing less than 2,000 kg. In comparison, a PPL allows individuals to fly a wider range of aircraft weighing no more than 5,750 kg at the time of take-off.

The LAPL will only authorise a pilot to fly a single-engine aircraft, but with a PPL, additional ratings can be obtained to not only be able to fly multi-engine aircraft but also fly during the night and adverse weather with a Night Rating and Restricted Instrument Rating IR(R).

In order to successfully upgrade a LAPL to PPL, a pilot must complete 15 hours of flight time. Ten hours of this is required to be flight training supervised by a flight instructor.

During the course, pilots undergo 10 hours of flight training, out of which 4 hours are supervised solo flights. Out of the solo flights, 2 hours need to be cross-country.

Yes, there is a flight skill test following the conversion course.

Pilots are required to demonstrate their knowledge of procedures and successfully complete manoeuvres while acting as the PIC during the skill test.

Yes, you will be required to get a Class 2 Medical Certificate issued by an Aeromedical Examiner (AME).

The assessment carried out by the AME usually takes a few hours and may include all or some of the following:

  • Medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Hearing
  • Eyesight
  • Lung function
  • Urine test
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)

If the AME concludes that all the medical requirements have been met, the certificate may be issued on the same day as the examinations.

Since the theory exam for the LAPL and PPL are the same, a theoretical exam is not required for the upgrade.

Since there is no theory exam, the conversion course does not include any ground school training.

Our flight school is located at the London Elstree Aerodrome, which is where all our flight training courses take place, including the LAPL to PPL Conversion Course.

Travelling to London Elstree Aerodrome is easy and convenient whether you live in London or somewhere else in the UK.

You can take the tube, train or bus to the aerodrome from London.

If you are planning on driving, whether from London or elsewhere, you can just as conveniently use the M25 to reach London Elstree Aerodrome.

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