Private Pilot License (PPL)

The EASA Private Pilot Licence (PPL) enables you to fly throughout Europe and take passengers with you. Whether you fancy a simple sightseeing flight in the local area or a weekend in France, the PPL covers all these options.

The Private Pilot Licence can be an achievement in itself or used as a stepping stone to further commercial licences and a career as a pilot.


The privileges of the holder of a PPL (A) are to act without remuneration as a Pilot in Command (PIC) or co-pilot on aeroplanes or engaged in non-commercial operations.

Notwithstanding the paragraph above, the holder of a PPL (A) with instructor or examiner privileges may receive remuneration.

Flight Training

Applicants for a PPL (A) shall have completed at least 45 hours of flight instruction in aeroplanes including at least:

(1) 25 hours of dual flight instruction; and

(2) 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross-country flight of at least 270 km (150 NM), during which full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made.

Theoretical Knowledge Examinations

There are 9 subjects which, with one to one tuition or self-study, are readily attainable. The ground exams can be undertaken at Border Air, before which, your experienced well-qualified instructor will make sure you are ready for the exams.

The examination subjects are as follows:

  • Air Law
  • Human Performance
  • Meteorology 
  • Communications
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of Flight
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Navigation
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