Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (Aeroplanes):
The LAPL is a stand-alone ICAO licence and is separate from the PPL licensing structure. The privileges of the LAPL licence are limited to:
Flight only in UK air space and in UK registered aeroplanes
Only in good weather, day or night (if a night rating is held)
In single-engine piston aeroplanes with a weight of 2000 kg or less
Restricted to a maximum of 3 passengers plus the pilot.
Due to the reduced training requirements and medical standards, IMC Rating will not automatically be available to a LAPL licence holder.
Minimum of 30 hours of flying training of which 6 hours must be solo. Clearly defined exercises cover aircraft familiarisation, climbing, descending, turning, slow flight, stalling and circuits, culminating in your first solo flight. Steep turns, emergency drills and instrument flying lead on to dual navigation tasks. A practical skills test in general handling and navigation of the aircraft completes the course for licence issue. Early lessons are usually about an hour in length, although later tasks may require up to 2 or more hours. Flying is normally booked in advance with the office.
Are there any exams?
Yes, these are the same 9 multiple choice exams as for the PPL course. The exams are administered by Lincoln Flight. The subjects are as follows:
Communications (written and practical)
Navigation and Radio Aids
Aircraft General Knowledge
Principles of Flight
Flight Performance and Planning
We can provide you with all the books and materials necessary for your study. If you wish, you can take advantage of our online ground school, which will be the perfect complement to self-study in the comfort of your home.
No age limits apply to fly and learn. However, 14 is the lower age limit at which the instructional flying can count towards the issue of your licence. Minimum age of 16 years applies for solo flights, and you must be 17 years old to hold a licence.
LAPL medical certificate is required for the holder/applicant of a LAPL. Note: If a pilot has a particular medical condition that needs to be monitored then medical assessments may be required more frequently.
Flying is largely dependent on good weather. Good visibility is important, especially in the early stages. Low cloud and strong winds can sometimes restrict operations. You are advised to phone us before setting out for the airfield to check weather conditions.
How long will it take?
This is governed by aptitude, personal commitments, weather, and of course funds. Intensive courses are possible and occasionally people do complete it in a month, though a more leisurely pace is usual (typically 8-12 months) when moulded around your domestic schedule. Although 30 flying hours is the minimum legal requirement, most people do take longer.
How much will it cost?
Course price and aircraft hire rates are available on request. It is important to bear in mind that 30 hours is a minimum requirement, extra hours will be charged pro-rata. The approximate cost is £6000 - £7500
Are there any Medical requirements?
After you obtain your Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence
Once qualified, you may hire the schools aircraft and carry passengers, subject to the legal restrictions imposed over the LAPL licence holder. Cost-sharing, however, is permissible, providing the pilot pays at least an equal proportion of the cost.
Maintaining your licence privileges
The LAPL licence is valid for the lifetime of the holder, once issued the licence is held unless it is provisionally suspended, suspended or revoked by the issuing authority or is surrendered by the holder.