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Private Pilots Licence

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) PPL allows you to fly yourself, with your family and friends, throughout most of Europe and indeed the World.

Grob-115cutoutRead about all of the stages of training by selecting from the menu on the left. We have put together a comprehensive guide so that you can find out exactly what is required, broken down into bite sized chunks.


The PPL is usually issued with a Single Engine Piston (SEP) Rating.

This entitles you to fly a single engine light aircraft in within certain weather parameters of cloud base and visibility over most of the country excluding certain volumes of airspace.

To fly in bad weather, at night or in a twin-engine aircraft requires further training and qualifications. You may not fly for reward using a PPL (to do so requires a Professional Pilots Licence). However, up to four people may share the cost of a private flight.

General Requirements of the PPL

You can start logging your training hours from the age of 14 and you can fly solo at the age of 16 for licence issue at 17. There is no upper age limit.

To fly solo you will need a medical certificate issued by a Civil Aviation Authority approved Doctor. A list of local approved doctors is available from the CAA website. However we have on site our own resident authorised medical examiner's Dr. Rob Simpson, Dr. Mukhtar ALI and Dr. Frank VOETEN.

The Syllabus (EASA)

This consists of a minimum of 45 hours total flying:
25 - dual hours
10 - solo hours (including at least 5 hours cross country)
4 - instrument hours (an Almat Aviation limited requirement)

During your course you will receive practical training in radiotelephony and you will need to complete a practical radio examination prior to finishing your training. There are two authorised examiners at Coventry Airport.

Training Exercises;
  • 1 - 4 Familiarisation
  • 5 - 11 General Handling
  • 12 - 13 Circuit Operations
  • 14 First Solo - You did it!
  • 15 Advanced Turning
  • 16 Low Level Flying
  • 17 Forced Landing
  • 18 Navigation
  • 19 Instrument Flying
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There are 9 written examinations:
  • Air Law
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Communications
  • Flight Planning & Performance
  • Aircraft General
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Principles of Flight
  • Flight Operations
Ground school courses are run throughout the year. There is a charge made for each course, which, depending on the subject, run for between one and four weeks (two sessions per week) usually in the evening but if demand exists at the weekend.

One to one ground tuition can be made available. For more information select Ground school classes from the menu on the left.

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Qualifying Cross Country flight

As part of your course, you will need to complete a Qualifying Cross Country flight (150 nautical miles) which involves solo flights to 2 Airfields. Our preferred routes are: Peterborough - Gloucester – return or Wellesbourne - Cambridge – Return.

Skills Test

Finally, you will need to pass a Skills Flight Test, demonstrating to the examiner your navigation skills and general handling abilities. There are several PPL examiners at the airport including resident Almat examiner.

Light Aircraft Pilot Licence - PPL alternative

This  reduces the required hours for the issue of a pilot's licence. It also means that your own GP can grant you the medical certificate required
The following is a brief resume of the requirements:-

Minimum Training Hours
  • Dual 15 hours
  • Solo 6 hours to include 3 hours cross country
  • Total 30 hours excluding navigation flight test and skill test
  • The ground training is so far the same as that for the EASA PPL licence.


If you have any other questions please contacts us