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The private pilot license, commonly called the PPL, is the first license you obtain as a pilot. You can compare it to your driver's license and in many ways that is just what it is: "the driver's license of the sky".

It allows you to hire an aircraft and take friends and family flying. Or, if you are fortunate enough to own an aircraft you can fly it for recreational purposes, be it a local scenic flight or a vacation trip to a far destination. The majority of pilots are PPL holders and all pilots, even the professional airline pilots, have at one point been a PPL pilot. While this is the first stepping stone on the way to become a professional pilot, most people that obtain a PPL do so purely for recreational purposes.

You cannot fly for compensation or hire (make money flying as a pilot) on your private pilot license, but you can fly all by yourself the same way a driver's license lets you drive a car by yourself. And maybe the greatest thing of all - you can share this experience by taking friends and family with you. As most training aircrafts are four seat, single engine airplanes, you can associate it with driving a car in the sky. You have to be at least 17 years of age to obtain the PPL but you can start training before then. There is no upper age restriction but you do have to be able to pass a class 2 medical examination.

The theoretical knowledge syllabus of the PPL(A) course covers the following learning topics: Air Law, Aircraft General Knowledge, Flight Performance and Planning, Human Performance and Limitations, Meteorology, Navigation, Operational Procedures, Principles of Flight and Communication. The PPL(A) theoretical knowledge course comprises of 159 hours (1 hour = 60 minutes instruction) of instruction.

An applicant for a PPL(A) shall have completed at least 45 hours flight time as a pilot of aeroplanes; a total of 5 hours of this 45 hours may be completed in a FNPT or BITD. This shall include at least 25 hours dual instruction and at least 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least five hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least one cross-country flight of at least 270 km (150 NM), during which full stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made. If the privileges of the licence are to be exercised at night, at least five additional hours flight time in aeroplanes shall be completed at night comprising 3 hours of dual instruction including at least 1 hour of cross-country navigation and five solo take-offs and five solo full-stop landings.

PPL Syllabus:

4 hours ground training for the plane’s cabin
180 hours theory training in the classroom:
32 hours plane general knowledge
16 hours aerodynamics
20 hours weather
36 hours navigation
10 operational procedures
10 human limits and factors
4 hours aero-communications
20 hours air law
30 hours theory examinations

45 hours of flying:
25 hours flying double command
10 hours flying simple command
one raid simple command (air navigation) of 270 km minimum with full stop landings on 2 other aerodromes
5 hours of flight training using instrumental methods

A student pilot shall be at least 16 years of age before the first solo flight.
An applicant for a PPL(A) shall be at least 17 years of age and hold a valid Class 1 or Class 2 medical certificate.

The privileges of the holder of a PPL(A) are to act, but not for remuneration, as pilot-in-command or co-pilot of any aeroplane engaged in non-revenue flights.

PPL(A) – 6.900EUR (Logbook, manuals and welcome pack included)

Theoretical part:•180 hrs Ground Instruction

Flight training:• 45h00 DA-20

(Skill test 1h30 DA-20 NOT included, CAA, Landing and Communication Fees NOT included.