Light Aircraft Pilot Licence Training (LAPL)
The Light Aircraft Pilot’s License (LAPL) differs from the full Private Pilot’s License (PPL) in that it only requires 30 hours of flight training. It also does not require an EASA Class 2 Medical which means the medical is less stringent. These differences make the license more affordable, but it does have its limitations.
A LAPL(A) gained at a UK DTO or UK ATO is only valid in the UK FIR with restrictions on aeroplane weight (maximum take-off mass of 2000kg or less) and with no more than four people on board the aircraft (including crew and passengers). You cannot carry passengers until you have completed 10 hours as a pilot in command after having your licence issued.
You can add extra qualifications such as a Night and Aerobatic Rating and you can ‘upgrade’ to a PPL at a later date.
30 hours is the CAA minimum hour requirement, but you should be aware that more training time may be required to achieve test standard. This is determined by your own abilities.
- Minimum 30 hours flight training
- Minimum 6 hours solo of which,
- 3 hours must be cross-country including,
- One cross-country of at least 80 nautical miles and landing at one other airfield
There are 9 written examinations to complete which are all multiple choice and require a 75% pass mark. They can be taken at your convenience at Sherburn Aero Club and include:
- Air law
- Human Performance
- Flight Performance and Planning
- Aircraft General
- Principles of Flight
- Operational Procedures