The EASA PPL course at Highland Aviation in Inverness requires a minimum of 45 hours flying time; including ten hours of supervised solo flying ending with a skills test with an examiner. The test will examine your general handling and navigation skills. All exams are multi-choice and require a 75% pass mark. Other requirements are that you pass a medical exam by a CAA-approved doctor and that you pass a practical radio operators exam.
The course is structured under CAA requirements but we tailor the course to your individual needs making sure you understand the lessons and build on your experiences, giving you confidence to perform to your best abilities. We aim to keep you with your primary instructor whenever possible and you should never have more than 3 instructors during your course.
The PPL is now a lifetime licence, once you have it, it's yours for life irrespective of the hours you fly and much like a driving licence. However to fly an aircraft you need a valid rating and this does require continued experience (12 hours flying in the 2nd year of your rating) or a check flight with an examiner. So if you've not flown for years then you only need fly with an examiner to get back in the cockpit and off you go, but we do recommend you have a few hours brush-up with one of our instructors first.
The PPL allows you to pilot an aircraft in reasonable to good weather within the limits of VFR (visual flying rules). To allow you to fly in more advanced conditions, the licence can be upgraded to include the ability to fly in IMC (instrument meteorological conditions) and at night for example.
As a CAA Authorised Training Organisation (ATO) we have a duty of care to make sure you are progressing and learning effectively through your course and we take this very seriously. We aim to keep you with your primary instructor whenever possible and you should never have more than 3 instructors during your course. All lessons are one to one so you can get quick answers to all your questions without feeling self conscious or worrying you are taking up other people's time!
The course is available 7 days a week in our school at Inverness Airport (EGPE).
There are nine multi-choice exams to be completed including;
Human Performance Limitations
Principles of Flight
Aircraft General Knowledge
Flight Planning and Performance
Communications (Radio Telephony)
We offer one to one ground school backed by our own subject specific booklets. Free online self study is available from CATS ONLINE
The PPL in a nutshell
Must be 17 to apply for licence, 14 to start logging flights and 16 to go solo during your course.
During your course you must;
Fly at least 10 Hours of Solo flight time including 5 Hours of Cross country
Complete a Cross country solo flight of at least 150 nautical miles including stopping at 2 aerodromes different from the departure aerodrome.
Fly at least 25 Hours of Dual flight time
Get a Medical (see requirements below)
Be granted a FRTOL (Flight Radio Telephony Operators Licence). We will help you with this - simple verbal exam.
Licence is valid for life but does require currency to fly (see below "Keeping your licence current")
The PPL is recognised worldwide unlike the LAPL which is only Europewide.
No passenger limit, only aircraft size and type.
Can fly a single engine aeroplane or Motor Glider of not more than 5700kg Maximum take-off weight (initially, larger aircraft can be added to this licence)
Can add IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions - flying in cloud). This is a great rating and "completes" your piloting skills.
Can downgrade to a LAPL without training should your medical requirements need to be relaxed.
Already have a LAPL?
If you hold a LAPL(A) and are looking to upgrade to a PPL you must complete the following:
Obtain a Class 2 medical with an AME
Fly at least 15 hours after the issue of the LAPL(A), of which at least 10 hours must be under instruction.
Flight instruction will include;
At least 4 hours of supervised solo flight, of which at least 2 hours must be solo cross country
1 cross country flight as detailed above (150 naurtical miles, 2 stops outwith departure aerodrome)
Medical Certification Requirements
Aviation EASA/CAA Class 2 Medical is required for a PPL (We will point you in the right direction with your pee cup!)
Wearing of glasses or contacts is perfectly ok
If you hold an instrument rating, you will need to undertake a pure tone audiometry test to the same requirements and frequency as for a class 1 medical.
Every: 60 months, until you are 40. If you are issued with a class 2 medical before you reach 40, it will no longer be valid once you are 42 years old. If you are between 40 and 50 it will be valid for 24 months. If you are issued with a class 2 medical before you reach 50, it will no longer be valid once you are 51 years old. If you are 50 or over it will be valid for 12 months.
You can have your revalidation examination up to 45 days before your previous one expires.
The PPL: Keeping your licence current, and what to do if you don’t meet the requirements
Your licence is for life, but the SEP (Single Engine Piston) Class Rating you require to fly will be valid if you've flown as PIC (Pilot in Command) an aircraft or motor glider:
At least 12 hours flight time in the last 12 months of your SEP rating's 24 month validity including;
6 hours as pilot-in-command (PIC)
12 take-offs and landings
A training flight of at least 1 hour (or a maximum of three totalling 1 hour) with the same flight instructor or class rating instructor. (If you have already completed a proficiency check or skill test in another type or class of aeroplane, you will not have to complete this training flight.)
If you do not meet these requirements you will need to:
Undertake dual instruction as required.
Pass a proficiency check in a single-engine (single-pilot) aeroplane with an examiner.