EASA Private Pilot Licence

The easiest way to take to the skies for pleasure, or the first step in a progression to commercial work.

What is an EASA Private Pilot Licence?

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Private Pilot Licence (PPL) allows you to fly an aircraft privately with non-commercial passengers. It's valid anywhere in Europe and recognised worldwide. It's also a stepping-stone towards gaining a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL).

What are the privileges of a PPL?

On initial issue of a PPL, you'll be able to act as Pilot-in-Command of a single engined, piston driven (SEP) aircraft, in day visual flying conditions. Additional Ratings can be added to extend the privileges of your PPL, such as a Night Rating, Instrument Rating (Restricted) or Aerobatic Rating.

How long is it valid for?

EASA PPLs are valid for life (as long as your medical is valid). However, ratings expire. The Single-Engine Piston Rating which you will be issued with is valid for two years and is easily renewed, by experience or by flight test. If it's been a while, we can provide training to get you proficient.

The PPL course structure

Flying exercises

1 Familiarisation with the aeroplane
1E Emergency drills
2 Preparation for and action after flight
3 Air experience
4 Effects of controls
5 Taxying
5E Taxiing emergencies
6 Straight and level flight
7 Climbing
8 Descending
9 Turning
10A Slow flight
10B Stalling
11 Spin avoidance
12 Take-off and climb to down-wind position
13 Circuit, approach and landing
12/13E Emergencies (on take-off/landing)
14 First solo
15 Advanced turning
16 Forced landing without power
17 Precautionary landings
19 Introduction to instrument flight
18A Visual navigation
18B Navigation at lower levels and reduced visibility
18C Radio navigation

Ground assessments

Aviation law
Operational procedures
Aircraft general knowledge
Principles of flight
Flight planning on performance
Human performance and limitations

Practical assessments

A requirement for the PPL, the Flight Radiotelephony Operator's Licence (FRTOL) authorises you to operate an Aircraft Radio Station in a UK registered aircraft.

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The skill test is to demonstrate that while acting as pilot in command (PIC) of the relevant aircraft type you can competently carry out the procedures and manoeuvres that you have been taught during your training course. The skill test is taken with an examiner.

PPL requirements

Minimum ages

The minimum age to start logging flights is 14 years old. You will be able to fly solo at 16 years old.

Minimum hours

There is a minimum hours requirement of 45 hours to gain your EASA PPL, which includes 10 hours solo.


You will need a Class Two medical certificate in order to fly solo. We can recommend a doctor to you.


Region (European registered aircraft only)EuropeWorldwide
ValidityLicence: 2 Year Rolling
Single Engine Piston Rating: N/A
Licence: Lifetime
Single Engine Piston Rating: 2 Years
MedicalLAPL MedicalClass Two
Additional RatingsNight Rating, Aerobatic RatingMulti-Engine Piston Land Class Rating, Instrument Rating (Restricted) or Instrument Rating, Night Rating, Aerobatic Rating
Aircraft RestrictionsMaximum Take-Off Weight: 2,000 Kg
Maximum Passengers: 3
Maximum Take-Off Weight: 5,750 Kg
Maximum Passengers: 19

Why choose us?

Great training facilities

Generous time slots and friendly one-to-one instruction in our modern facilities mean that you'll always get the quality time that you need whilst training. Plus, we provide everything you'll need in-house, such as training for a FRTOL.

Our friendly team of staff are always on hand, should you need assistance.

Simple to use online services

Our online booking system is quick and easy to use. We'll also send you confirmation and reminder emails.

You can also log in to our members area to see your future bookings, or access our documents store, keep your knowledge up to date and see other relevant information, like Gamston's weather.

Great membership benefits

We are able to offer free landings at Gamston whilst using our aircraft.

Once you're qualified, we'll remind you when your ratings are going to expire to ensure that you're always up-to-date.

We offer free hot drinks whilst you unwind after your flight.

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