In as little as 35 hours of flight training, you can become a private pilot. This will allow you to fly anywhere in the United States and is the first step of becoming a professional pilot! Being a private pilot has many advantages. You can take a loved one, children, friends, or anyone you want to any location. Imagine flying a spouse to Key West for dinner and back in time for the 11 o’clock news. All of this and more is possible with your private pilot license.
Before you can apply for your licence, there are requirements that have to be met before the licence can be issued. The first is a medical. If you are applying for the EASA PPL (A) or LAPL (A) licence, you will need to have passed a Class 1 or Class 2 medical certificate, issued by a CAA authorised medical examiner (AME). There is also a minimum age for the licences to be issued. This is currently 17, although training can be started before this time.
The two courses are similar in subject, but the hours required before the licences can be issued vary depending on which you choose to apply for. The EASA PPL (A) requires a minimum of 45 hours, 25 of which will be dual instruction, and 10 hours will be solo including at least 5 hours of cross-country flying. The LAPL (A) course requires 30 hours flying, 22 of which are dual and 10 are solo incorporating 4 hours of solo cross-country flying.
Both licence types require the student to have passed multiple choice exams on the following 9 subjects:
Human Performance & Limitations
Navigation & Radio Aids
Principles of Flight
Flight Performance & Planning
There will also be a radiotelephony practical exam for the Radiotelephony Operator’s Licence, which allows you to operate the VHF radios in an aircraft in UK airspace.