Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (Aeroplanes)


This is the EASA version of the U.K. NPPL and enables flight in Annex I and II aircraft. Since April 2018 the NPPL has NOT been issued for SEP aircraft other than with a restriction for flight in Annex II aircraft only.


The privileges of the LAPL licence are limited to:

- Flight only in EASA air space and in EASA registered aeroplanes
- Only in good weather, day or night.
- In single engine piston aeroplanes with a weight of 2000 kg or less
- Restricted to a maximum of 3 passengers plus the pilot.

Due to the reduced training requirements and medical standards, IRR(A) rating will not automatically be available to a LAPL licence holder.


What's involved:

Minimum of 30 hours of flying training of which 6 hours must be solo.
There is a Navigation Test and a Skills Test in general handling.


Are there any exams?

Yes, these are the same 9 multiple choice exams as for the PPL course. The exams are administered by Bruce Abbott.

The subjects are as follows:
- Air Law
- Operational Procedures
- Communications (written and practical)
- Navigation and Radio Aids
- Meteorology
- Aircraft General Knowledge
- Principles of Flight
- Flight Performance and Planning
- Human Performance

If you wish, you can take advantage of formal "Ground School" with Bruce Abbott which will be the perfect complement to self-study in the comfort of your home.


Age limits:

No age limits apply to learning to fly.
It used to be that 14 was considered the lowest age limit at which instructional flying could count towards the issue of your licence. Although this is generally considered to be the case today, the original regulation is now difficult to find in the CAA/EASA regulations.
A minimum age of 16 years applies for solo flights, and you must be 17 years old to hold a PPL.


Medical requirements:

LAPL medical certificate is required for the holder/applicant of a LAPL(A).

Note: If a pilot has a particular medical condition that needs to be monitored then medical assessments may be required more frequently.


How long will it actually take?

This is governed by aptitude, personal commitments, weather, and funds. Intensive courses are possible and occasionally people do complete the training in a month, though a more leisurely pace is usual (typically 8-12 months). Although 30 flying hours is the minimum legal requirement, most people do take longer.
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