Private Pilots Training


Privileges of Licence:
The private pilots licence is a recreational licence and can be achieved by completing a course of flight training comprising a minimum of 45 hours. The privileges of this licence allows you to fly , but not for remuneration, as a pilot in command or Copilot, of any aeroplane engaged on a non revenue flight. The licence is valid to fly anywhere in the UK and Europe. It is also accepted in most other countries where private aviation is carried out.

Training Requirement:
The training comprises a course of flight instruction to the approved JAR syllabus. For licence issue a minimum of 45 hours of training is required, 25 of which must be dual instruction and 10 of which must be solo flying. In addition certain theoretical knowledge must be gained and this is achieved by self study with ground instruction as required.

At the end of your course you will not only be a qualified pilot, but you will be a competent air navigator, a qualified VHF radio operator and be able to interpret complex weather reports. You will also be knowledgeable about international aviation law and have a good understanding of the principles of flight and aircraft engines and systems.

Aircraft:
For your basic training we generally use Piper Tomahawk aircraft. (PA38-112). These are 2 seat aircraft and are designed specifically for basic training. They offer stable handling characteristics with excellent all round visibility. Feel free to visit us at any time and have a look around our aeroplanes.

Medical Requirement:
Am I Fit to Fly? You may commence your training at 14 years old. You must be 16 before carrying out your first solo flight. The minimum age for issue of a Private Pilots Licence is 17 years old. There is no maximum age limit. Before you carry out your first solo flight and in order to maintain licence validity a class two medical certificate is required. If you are generally fit with good eyesight and hearing you will pass the medical. Corrected eyesight with spectacles or contact lenses is perfectly acceptable.

Tests and Examinations:
On completion of your training you will be required to take a flying skill test. This normally lasts approximately 2 hours and covers all you have learnt in your flying training. The test is conducted with an approved examiner who is resident at St. George Flight Training. In addition, during your flying training you will be required to take 7 examinations on theoretical knowledge. This knowledge is self studied using the study manuals available, however one to one ground instruction on theoretical knowledge is available if required.

Some candidates find the idea of sitting examinations a daunting task - there really is no need for this fear. The examinations are only based on knowledge you will have acquired during your training, and your instructor will not let you sit any exams he doesn't feel you are capable of passing. This is a recreational sport! Even the exams are fun!

The Cost:
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Privileges of Licence:
The NPPL is a recreational pilots licence, allowing flight in a light aircraft (of less than 2000KG) in UK airspace. The course is a minimum of 32 hours plus flight tests. Once issued the Licence is valid for life, subject to the revalidation requirements.

Training Requirement:
If you have already completed some training it is possible to have this credited to the NPPL training, or if you obtain the NPPL you may wish to "Upgrade" it to a JAR PPL, in which case 30 hours can be carried over as a credit towards a JAR-FCL PPL, as long as all flying training has been completed by a JAR qualified instructor and all JAR PPL exams have been passed. 15 hours of training will need to be completed, of which 5 can be done on a simulator.

Medical Requirement:
The aim of the National PPL is to devolve the regulation of some recreational flying to the "Air Sports" organizations. The licence itself is easier to obtain and easier to maintain than the standard JAR PPL. Medically, this devolution means changing from an aviation medical examination system, using a network of specially qualified doctors, to a declaration of medical fitness by you, the pilot. To validate this declaration, and to prevent concealment of disease, it has to be endorsed by a doctor with access to your medical records, your General Practitioner (GP).

The Cost:
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