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Which Private Pilot’s License? | Private Pilot License Requirements

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So Which Private Pilot’s License Will it Be?

Do You Know What Kind Of Pilot You Want To Be?

Do You Fully Understand The Private Pilot License Requirements?


Fear Not We’re Here To Help You Work it All Out!


At the time of writing, there are two types of private pilot license. You have a choice between the JAR-FCL PPL or the NPPL (National Private Pilots Licence).

As you may expect there are a few subtle differences between these two, but both will let you fly SEP (Single Engine Piston), SSEA (Simple Single Engine Aircraft), microlights, TMGs (Touring Motor Glider) and SLMGs (Self Launching Motor Gliders). But if you are wanting to fly helicopters then you’ll need a PPL(H).

In the future (date still yet to be decided) under EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) if you want to fly aeroplanes or touring motor gliders then you will need either a PPL(A) or LPL(A). If you are looking to fly sailplanes, powered sailplanes you will need either a SPL and finally a PPL(H) or LPL(H) for if you want to fly helicopters.

Elsewhere on this website you will find all the information you will need to help you decide on what kind of pilot you want to be. I suggest you spend some time reading through this as it will possibly save you a lot of time and money in the long run. Some of the questions you seriously need to start asking yourself should include: Do I want to fly recreationally at low cost? Do I want to use my private pilot license to get from A to B or for business? holidays or trips to new places?

It is important that you really try to answer these simple questions as learning to fly is a huge commitment and you will need to work long and hard to get your PPL licence. Don’t think of getting your private pilot license as being the end goal though, you should think of it as a stepping stone to the flying you really want to do. Too often students will end up asking the question “What now?” at the end of all their training. Its sad to say that, an amazing 70% of pilots do not revalidate their ratings after two years – don’t let that be you!

Commercial and military pilots continue their training after the private pilot license on a very structured path, however if you are only flying for recreational purposes, your future training and development as a pilot is very much dictated by you! You may even want to consider going after a different rating after the private pilot license and these will help you to get more out of your flying.

Gaining a private pilot license suggests you can fly safely by day, but it’s going to take some extra time and work beyond qualifying to become a fully competent private pilot. I always recall my driving instructor saying to me after I passed my driving test “Now go out and learn how to drive”. It is similar with flying, getting your PPL is merely a measure that you have reached a level of competency and your piloting skills will become honed the more you fly and the more you continue to read.

If you have ever encountered CPD (Continuing Professional Development) in your job, you may appreciate the benefits and need to continually develop your knowledge and experience to become the best you possibly can be. This in my humble opinion has never been more true a statement than when applied to flying. Your commitment to fly is also a commitment to continue your learning and development, in order to remain safe and more importantly to be able to enjoy the experience, which is why most become a pilot in the first place.

To help you in your decision, here’s a look at the hours and costs involved with getting a private pilot license.

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