Private Pilot Licence (PPL) in London

PPL Flight Training

A Private Pilot Licence (PPL) grants you the legal right to act as the pilot-in-command (PIC) for non-commercial flying on aeroplanes or touring motor gliders (TMGs).

While some may seek a PPL for leisure or recreational purposes, it also serves as a key stepping stone for those aspiring to become professional airline pilots.

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Obtaining a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is an exciting undertaking that combines hands-on flight training and theoretical knowledge.

As with all our programmes, our PPL flight training takes place at the London Elstree Aerodrome.

There are no prerequisites to start training. Thus, our PPL training in London is the perfect gateway to aviation for absolute beginners.

Our experienced flight instructors are adept at guiding students of all experience levels through the process, which includes a minimum of 45 flying hours and nine exams as set by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

After successful completion, students take a flight test with a CAA examiner.

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Anyone can pursue a PPL, regardless of their background.

You can begin training at any age, but training hours will only count towards the licence from the age of 14. You can only take the flight test once you are 16 years old.

However, you will be eligible to hold the licence and carry passengers once you have turned 17 years old.

There is no upper age limit as long as you pass the medical examination.

A Class 2 Medical Certificate is required for the Private Pilot Licence.

There are no prerequisites to begin the PPL training.

While the PPL does not require any qualifications beforehand, it requires determination and a willingness to face challenges during the training.

The basic requirements for passing the PPL are as follows:

  • 45 hours of flight time
  • 9 Ground exams
  • Class 2 Medical Certificate
  • Radiotelephony Practical Test
  • Practical Flight Test

Out of the total 45 hours of flight required to obtain a PPL, 10 hours need to be solo flights, with half of these involving cross-country flights.

As part of the process of obtaining a PPL, you will need to pass ground exams in the following subjects:

  • Air law
  • Human Performance
  • Navigation
  • Communications
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft general knowledge
  • Operational procedures
  • Principles of flight
  • Flight performance and planning

The PPL flight training can be completed within a few short months.

However, we have made the programme flexible, so you could stretch the training out over a longer period to complete.

Our PPL flight training is designed in a way to tailor to any individual’s schedule and financial abilities.

However, keep in mind that taking a long break between lessons can slow down progress and make it harder to retain the skills.

The Class 2 Medical Certificate can be obtained after the successful completion of a medical evaluation carried out by an Aeromedical Examiner (AME).

An AME is a doctor with specific qualifications that allow them to issue medical certificates for pilots.

Our flight training centre is based in London Elstree Aerodrome; all our PPL flight training takes place in London.

Not only will you be getting some choice views of the city below, but getting to the London-based flight training centre is quite convenient.

Besides being a great place to learn how to fly, London Elstree Aerodrome is also a convenient location that is easy to get to.

Located near London, it is quite simple for those living in the city to get to our school by car, train, or tube, and the location is conveniently within the M25 for those coming from further away.

Our students come from all over the UK for their PPL training with us, and we’re sure you’ll find the facilities and amenities to be first-rate.

When you are not in the air, you can take a break at our on-site café, check out the aviation shop, or admire the variety of planes that come and go from the aerodrome.

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