Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
The European PPL requires a minimum of 45 hours tuition. It allows pilots to fly in any European country and is the base onto which any necessary rating can be added. This may be a night rating, an Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) rating to fly on instruments in the UK, or indeed a twin engine aircraft rating.
A minimum of EASA Class 2 medical is required, conducted by an Aviation Medical Examiner.
As well as allowing more varied flying, the EASA PPL is the route to a professional flying career. Whether this means airline flying, other commercial work or instructing, the EASA PPL is the essential route.
European (EASA) PPL in detail;
Allows flight outside UK airspace
Ratings can be added to fly larger aircraft, on instruments, at night and in imperfect weather
Essential for professional/commercial careers
EASA Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate required Minimum of 45 hours training to include –
25 hours dual training (includes 2 hours of stall awareness and spin avoidance training)
10 hours solo (includes 5 hours cross-country flying and 1 cross-country flight of 150nm)
Exams; Air Law, Principles of Flight, Meteorology, Navigation, Communication, Human Performance, Aircraft General, Flight Performance, Radiotelephony Practical.