A light aircraft licence allowing you to fly in good weather in visual conditions

with a lower hour requirement compared to a PPL.

Light Aircraft Licence

The LAPL allows you to act as the pilot in command of an aircraft for private use (i.e 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 a UK LAPL Licence, it is valid throughout the UK. The LAPL allows you to fly within UK 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.

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 but you may start training at 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.

What does it cost?

The total cost of gaining your licence will depend on how many hours it takes you to learn all the skills required to safely take command of an aircraft as well the outcome of theoretical knowledge exams and radio telephony test and if you are able to self-study or require ground school.

As a base, assuming minimum hours, first-time passes in all exams and radio telephony test and self-study, course cost would be at least £5600 for our 2-seater aircraft, or £6530 for our 4-seater aircraft.

Consideration must also be given for recommended and essential equipment such as charts, knee-boards and headsets to name a few. Whilst we provide use of club-owned headsets, many students prefer to purchase their own. Additionally fees for a medical should also be investigated with an appropriate AME (Aeromedical Examiner).

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