The EASA-PPL requires a minimum of 45 hours flight training, 10 of which will be spent solo. During the early part of the course you are taught how to manoeuvre the aircraft before moving on to the most exhilarating part – learning to take-off and land. After this you learn how to navigate and what to do if things don’t necessarily go according to plan!
The time that it takes to achieve the EASA-PPL depends upon the frequency of your lessons. It is possible to take a very intensive course and gain your licence in just a few weeks (weather dependent!). It is also possible to stagger the course over several years. However you wish to do it, Doncaster Sheffield Flight Training can build the course around you.
On completion of the PPL course you will gain a licence valid for your lifetime, and a single engine class rating (SEP) valid for 2 years, by which time it is in need of revalidation. Other aircraft type and class ratings can be added if you wish at a later date. For those wishing to pursue a commercial flying career, the EASA-PPL is the first step towards turning that dream into a reality.
The EASA-LAPL requires a minimum of 30 hours flight training, 6 of which will be spent solo.
On completion of the course you will again gain a licence valid for your lifetime, but the LAPL differs to the PPL as it does not contain a class rating with an expiry date. The LAPL has privileges built into the licence itself which you must keep valid by ensuring at least a certain minimum amount of flying is maintained. This means that you would not be able to add any further aircraft type or class ratings, such as a Multi-engine rating (MEP) to your licence. You will however be able to add non-aircraft ratings, such as the Night Rating, to your LAPL. It is also possible to upgrade the LAPL into a full EASA-PPL at a later date with one of our upgrade courses.
Whichever licence you choose to obtain, you will need to gain the appropriate medical certificate prior to flying solo. You may start the course before you gain a medical, although it is sensible to arrange a medical as soon as possible. A list of CAA approved doctors is available upon request.
The theoretical knowledge training course for both PPL and LAPL licences involves ground examinations in the following nine subjects:
The examinations are all multiple choice and are easily passed with a little time and thought applied to each subject. All examinations are carried out in-house with our very own examiner.
Night flying is one of the most enjoyable things in aviation. There are spectacular views to enjoy and your flying skills get greatly improved as a result of this course.
The course requires a minimum of 5 hours flight training and can be added to either a PPL or a LAPL. Again there is a solo flying element, where 5 take-offs and landings must be completed.