PPL (A) - PRIVATE PILOT LICENSE
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Achieving your PPL(A) – Private Pilot license is the very first step to start off.. Whether it’s your ambition to fly for fun or aspiring to become a professional pilot flying for an international airline. It all starts with a PPL(A) – Private Pilot License. It’s the basis for every pilot where you learn to fly an airplane.
Maybe the best encapsulation of what pilots feel like when we’re stuck on the ground:
”Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
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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. The above price includes instruction, briefing, de- briefing, ground school, aircraft rental, landing fees and exam fees. Part from that there are no hidden fees!
PPL(A) - SEP VFR LAND with VFR RT and LPE endorsements
It stands for:
Private Pilot License, Aircraft
Single Engine Piston
Visual Flight Rules Radiotelephony
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.
This is what you need first
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You Will also need
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.
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.
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:
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.