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Private Pilot License

Become a Pilot and achieve your PPL(A)

In order to understand correctly what PPL as a license gives you, let’s specify some definitions. Full clarification of the target license can be described as follows:

PPL(A) - SEP VFR LAND with VFR RT and LPE endorsements

It stands for:

PPL(A)

Private Pilot License, Aircraft

SEP

Single Engine Piston

VFR RT

Visual Flight Rules Radiotelephony

LPE

Language Proficiency Endorsements

So, what does it mean?

It means that as a licence holder I will be legally allowed to:

Act as a pilot-in-command (PIC) for a single-engine piston land airplane (but not helicopter, balloon or seaplane) with maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 5.7 ton for non-commercial purposes in visual meteorological conditions (during daytime in good visibility) with permission to perform radio-communication in controlled airspaces and carry unlimited number of passengers, provided that at least 3 take-offs, approaches and landings were performed during preceding 90 days on the same class of airplane.

Worth mentioning that license itself doesn’t ever expire, whilst SEP (Safety Emergency Procedures), which is a rating, has a validity of 24 months after the first issue (and 12 months consecutively) and therefore needs to be re-validated regularly.

PPL license is an ICAO license, which implies it’s mostly recognized worldwide.

“Mostly” is because you may find it necessary to have your licence validated or even converted to the locally issued variant of PPL under certain circumstances (e.g. flying foreign-registered aircraft or flying within the territory of another state). This depends on the situation, international and local laws and has to be checked on individual basis very carefully!

For instance, EASA-issued license needs to validated with FAA of the USA if you want to fly a US-registered aircraft. Luckily, this involves only a simple application, a few hours of theory and just a small review flight with an instructor. This is, however, much harder when things are done in the opposite direction (FAA PPL to EASA PPL). And it is also not that simple anymore when we talk about commercial or air transport pilot licenses.

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This is what you need first

Medical Class 2

Obtain a Medical Class 2 at an EASA AMC (Aero Medical Center)

PPL(A) Theory

Theory for PPL includes 9 EASA theoretical subjects:
  • Aircraft General Knowledge.
  • Principles of Flight.
  • Meteorology.
  • Navigation.
  • Flight Performance and Planning.
  • Air Law and ATC Procedures.
  • Operational Procedures.
  • Human Performance and Limitations.
  • Communication.

You Will also need

VFR Radiotelephony

VFR RT requires around 16 hours of training + exam; LPE exam can be done during a single 2 hours session if no additional training in English required.

Should be completed before: your first solo or PIC flight in controlled airspace or abroad.

ICAO LPE

LPE (Language Proficiency Endorsement) certifies that you have good enough command of English to communicate via radio. Exam involves describing pictures on aviation topics, answering certain aviation-related questions and performing a radiotelephony conversation with virtual air traffic control during simulated flight (thats why its recommended to first complete VFR RT, so you wont have problems with figuring out what to respond). Each aspect of your speaking will be graded on 6-point ICAO scale. Total result will be the lowest of these grades.

If your flight training is performed on a controlled airfield, then it will be mandatory for you to have VFR RT and LPE before your first solo flight.

VFR RT (Visual Flight Rules Radiotelephony) involves learning and practicing standard phraseology used in communications during flying in visual meteorological conditions within controlled air-spaces. During the practice instructor will act as an air traffic control and students will play the role of pilots. Altogether they will use standard phraseology to go through typical in-flight situations: start-up, taxiing, take-off, departure, crossing different types of air-spaces (uncontrolled, FIRs, CTRs), arrival, landing, shut-down, diversion, urgency and emergency.

Pass ICAO LPE (Language Proficiency endorsement)

LPE (Language Proficiency Endorsement) certifies that you have good enough command of English to communicate via radio. Exam involves describing pictures on aviation topics, answering certain aviation-related questions and performing a radiotelephony conversation with virtual air traffic control during simulated flight (that’s why it’s recommended to first complete VFR RT, so you won’t have problems with figuring out what to respond). Each aspect of your speaking will be graded on 6-point ICAO scale. Total result will be the lowest of these grades.

Fragment of LPE score transcript
You need to obtain at least level 4 to pass. If you obtain maximum level of 6, you won’t have to re-take LPE exam ever in your life again.
Both VFR RT and LPE can be completed remotely nowadays.
Keep in mind that any RT endorsement is not valid without a valid LPE.

PPL(A) practical

Duration: minimum 45 flight hours; from couple of months for full availability and up to 1.5+ years for partial availability

To complete your practical training, you need a minimum of 45 flight hours registered in your pilot log book including, with:

– at least 25 flight hours with instruction (dual);
– at least 10 solo flight hours (without instructor on-board) including at least 5 cross-country -solo flight hours with at least 1 overland flight of at least 150 nautical miles (~270 km), during which full stop landing was performed at 2 aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure.

An average person will likely need more than 45 hours. So, don’t be surprised if you fail to be within the legal minima.

Standard practice syllabus includes:

  • Taxiing
  • Effect of controls
  • Climb and descent
  • Straight and level flight
  • Take-off
  • Approach & Landing
  • Turning and advanced turning
  • Slow flight & Stalling
  • Spin avoidance (but not spin recovery)
  • Forced & Precautionary landings
  • (Basic) instrument flying
  • Cross-country navigation
  • Low level & Radio navigation
  • Solo flying
  • Extra training, if necessary.

HOUR BUILDING

Hour building is the training phase in which you fly as a ‘Pilot In Command’ building experience towards a professional license or just for fun.

Before starting a Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) course you must have 150 flight hours, and by the time you apply for your CPL you must have 200 hours flight time, including at least 100 hours as PIC – if hour building is something you’re in need of, we can help!

We’re proud to have teamed up with CAVOK Aviation, the UK’s leading provider of hour building packages for pilots looking to progress onto their professional flight training. Choose a range of flight packages with prices starting from just £55/hr dry, and base their aircraft at your local airfield.

All these items are grouped into 4 phases having an intermediate progress test after each. These tests are not that formal for PPL: you will probably just have a regular flying lesson with your instructor where you will be asked to demonstrate what you have learned in this phase.

Failure to do so will not lead to any serious consequences other than practising a bit more.

You progress will depend on a great number of factors, like your availability, regularity of lessons, learning abilities and, of course, the weather (in Poland weather may sometimes be not so favourable for flying especially in the winter).

Your first solo flight will be done not earlier than at end of the second phase, and it means that you will actually fly yourself without instructor on-board at the middle of your training. This is normally considered to be a very special moment in life of every pilot!

The very first solo flight has very strict weather minima. In countries like the Poland you might have to wait for your solo for a while if you approach it outside flying season.

Perform a Qualifying Solo Cross-Country Flight
Closer to the very end of your flying training you will have to perform a lengthy solo flight: That will demonstrate your ability to perform a safe flight on your own in environment different from environment of your home base.

PRICE INDICATION

*Prices are excl. accommadation

Private Pilot License

PPL(A)

8.500
PPL(A) Theory
Skill test
VFR-RT + LPE
Active Support

Private Pilot License

PPL(A) + Active Support*

9.000
PPL(A) Theory
Skill test
VFR-RT + LPE
Active Support

Private Pilot License

PPL(A)

8.000
PPL(A) Theory
Skill test
VFR-RT + LPE
Active Support

Before, during and after your flight training we provide a 1 on 1 direct aviation service. Active Support means quick response within 24 hours via our Whatsapp service. Scheduled phone or video call where aviation training related matters are discussed and handled. You can expect high quality service and professional support in terms of theory, practical, aviation legislation, CAA documentation until that first airline job.

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Please be aware that stated amount of hours and prices apply to the minimum mandatory required flight training and may be subject to change depending on trainees performance. For non-commercial training we add 23% of VAT.

Note* NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE PRICE: Please note that according to the EASA FCL.710 of the Part-FCL Regulation EC 1178/2011 a familiarisation flight is required. This is in order to extend the privileges to another variant of the aeroplane within the same class rating. This flight is not included in the package price and consists of a 1 hour flight according below price list.This also applies to the Night Rating which requires a flight of 1h 20min due to the aeroplane insurance policy. These prices include instruction, briefing, de- briefing, ground school, aircraft rental, organisation of the skill test, landing fees, CAA fees and Examiner fees.

There are no hidden fees!

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