Private Pilots Licence

This is the basic qualification which entitles the holder to fly aircraft up to 5700kg all up weight with or without passengers, in VFR conditions, but not for hire or reward (eg wage / salary).Our course will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to safely and confidently pilot an aircraft and pass the PPL flight test. During your training you fly with a qualified instructor in a dual-controlled aircraft until such time as you are proficient enough to complete your first solo circuit, after which follows a carefully programmed dual and solo flying and theory syllabus. The actual course covers a legal minimum of 50 flying hours.

Training commences with upper air work, learning basic flying, then starting on the circuit, i.e. learning to take off and land. Then follows the first solo flight, (the flight never forgotten by pilots) after which the student’s rate of learning and ability increases rapidly. Generally most students fly solo between 10 and 15 hours dual instruction. Consolidation flying is then done so that the take-offs and landings are improved, taking into account the vagaries of the wind and the weather. Then follows more advanced flying and cross country work. When the instructor is satisfied the student is then put up for his/her flight test for the licence. The test itself is quite straight forward and lasts about an hour and is conducted by an approved flight testing officer.

PPL Course Length and Content

There are theory and practical requirements. There is no time limit on training however the PPL exams have a validity period of 2 years. The time frame for this syllabus is totally flexible to suit your needs. The more time you can put into flying the faster you will pass your licence (e.g. if you were to fly twice a week a PPL could be completed in under 6 months). Weather can be a cause of delay while training, should this happen we suggest that you increase the frequency of lessons to make up lost ground and maintain continuity.

When do you start studying for the theory requirements There are 6 theory subjects which must be completed before you commence solo cross country training. Because of this, we suggest students begin studying for these after about 15 hours flying experience. Some practical knowledge assists to understand the theory side. The examinations are in the form of multi choice and have a pass mark of 70%.

It is our clubs policy that you should pass your flight radio telephone theory examination before being sent solo.

Flight Training Requirements

Civil Aviation Rules state that a minimum of 50 hours flight time is required for a PPL. The Total Flight Experience of 50 hours, consists of:

  • Dual Instruction 15 Hours
  • Solo Flight Time 15 Hours
  • Cross Country Navigation Training 10 Hours (5 hrs dual / 5 hrs solo)
  • Dual Instrument Instruction 5 Hours
  • Advanced Dual Instruction 5 Hour
  • Terrain and weather awareness: 5 hours dual flight training to include at least: 2 hours low flying; and 2 hours terrain and weather awareness training in aeroplanes
  • Night Flying (Optional) 5 Hours

Theory Exams: 

The six theory subjects which must be completed are:

  • Aviation Law
  • Air Navigation and Flight Planning
  • Meteorology
  • Aircraft Technical Knowledge
  • Human Factors
  • Flight Radiotelephony

Due to the difficulty of these exams self study is the way in which these are handled, a set of study books are bought and if you find you are having difficulty or have questions the instructors are more than happy to sit down with you and run through the appropriate sections.

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