Private Pilot License
is a qualification that permits to act without remuneration as PIC or co-pilot on aeroplanes in non-commercial operations. PPL is the most common type of license in General Aviation.
For future professional pilots, the Private Pilot License is also the first step in the aviation career.
Course entry requirements
- Minimum age of 16 years to apply
- Second class medical certificate
- No previous flight experience needed
- Sufficient level of knowledge of Mathematics and Physics
- English language knowledge - FTO oral and written test
The privileges of the holder of an PPL(A) are to act as pilot-in-command (Captain) or co-pilot (First Officer) in airplanes for non commercial purposes.
Ground training: Total instruction time given is 30 hours minimum and consists of two modules. Module 1 - Preparation for exams:
- Air Law
- Aircraft General Knowledge
- Flight Performance and Planning
- Human Performance and Limitations
- Operational Procedures
- Principles of Flight
Module 2 - Theoretical preparation for flight training:
- Weight and balance
- Flight planning and monitoring Communication
- Aerodrome and traffic pattern operations, measures and procedures to prevent collisions
Flight training: 45 hours total time in airplane PPL(A with:
- At least 25 hours of dual instruction [with FI]
- At least 15 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least one cross-country flight of at least 270 km (150 NM) with two full stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure.
Examination – Theoretical The applicant has to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge at the CAA office in the form of written tests. Tests consist of nine subjects (Meteorology, Navigation, Communications, Aircraft General Knowledge, Principles of flight, Air Law, Flight performance and planning, Human Performance and limitations, Operational procedures). A pass in a subject is awarded to an applicant achieving at least 75% of the marks allocated to that subject. Theoretical examination for the PPL(A) must be successfully passed at the CAA within a period of 12 months from date of completion the ground training in the ATO.
Examination – Practical
- The practical skill exam is performed in flight with the authorized CAA examiner and can be taken after successful completion of the written tests at the CAA authority. The applicant must demonstrate the ability to:
- operate the airplane within its limitations
- complete all maneuvers as smooth and as accurate as possible
- exercise good judgment and airmanship
- apply aeronautical knowledge
- maintain control of the airplane at all times.
The PPL(A)can be obtained in a range period starting from a month depending on the trainees time availability for both theoretical and practical training.