NPPL and LAPL Pilots Licence

The National Private Pilots Licence(NPPL) is awarded by the AOPA (aircraft owners and pilots association) in conjunction with the CAA. The minimum number of flying hours for application is 32, subject to further training requirements if necessary. There are 9 written exams to be completed before the practical flying Tests are undertaken, all of which are explained later. Additionally a medical to DVLA Group 2 standards must be passed with your doctor before flying solo and we will be happy to send you the necessary form for your doctor. Towards the end of your course you will be doing a Navigation Skills Test which will allow you to complete your solo Qualifying Cross Country navigation flight and then with a short amount of further training you will be doing your General Skills Test. Once qualified you will be able to fly at your own discretion into licensed and unlicensed strips within the UK, by yourself or with up to 3 passengers, in slightly greater legal minimums than the JAA PPL.

It should be noted that the NPPL is issued by AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) and is a national rating so it is not recognised outside the UK where as the JAA PPL is recognised by all European member states and ICAO members worldwide. If you are considering a career in aviation or if you would like to add further flying qualifications to your licence such as a Night Rating, Multi engine or an Instrument flying qualification then the NPPL is not for you.

Full details on the NPPL's legislation and privileges are available on the AOPA website www.aopa.co.uk


LAPL Light Aircraft Pilots Licence

Due to legislation the NPPL as it is known is due to be phased out and a new licence called the Light Aircraft Pilots Licence LAPL has now been introduced basically the requirements are the same but the licence will be in line with EASA legislation so will be recognised all around Europe but there will still be limitations on the aircraft you can fly and qualifications that can be added to your licence.