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Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

TIger Moth Cockpit

Instructor and Student Pilot

The Private Pilots Licence is the basic licence required to be able to operate a light aircraft.

The training consists of three phases.

First, learning the basics of flight: straght and level, turns, climbing and descending, stall avoidance and recovery, handling emergencies on the ground and in the air.

Second, airfield circuits learning how to take off and land in different conditions and configurations: three point and wheel landings, crosswind technique, short field technique, precautionary and bad weather technique, forced landing without power.

Third, cross country navigation including landing away at other airfield and diversions (for example to avoid bad weather).

In addition to the flight training, the student is expected to self-study the required grouns school topics: air law, navigation, radio, aircraft technical and human performance.

Cockpit Checks

Cockpit Checks

The minimum training requirement is 45 hours for a JAR-PPL, but most take longer.  55-60 hours is typical.  Given the variability of English weather, aircraft serviceability and your own availability it generally takes two flying seasons (18 months) to complete the programme.

Before being allowed to go solo you will need to obtain a 'Class 2 medical' For most people this is routine.

To encourage potential students to join the group we offer a significant discount to the first two year's membership fee for all ab initio student pilots.