National Private Pilot Licence

Pre – Course Requirements



You must be a minimum of 17 years old to obtain your private pilot’s licence (you may start training from the age of 14 and solo at 16).


In order to fly solo and complete your PPL you must obtain a NPPL medical declaration or a Part-Med Class 1, 2 or LAPL. The NPPL medical declaration can be done by your local GP or by any UK CAA approved Aeromedical Examiner (AME). To find an AME near you, use the CAA medical examiner database.



The syllabus covers 19 exercises over 32 hours. The exercises will include: aircraft handling, approach and landing, navigation and a skills test preparation lesson.

The course can be broken down as general handling, circuits (takeoff and landings) and cross country navigation.

Airline Pilot instructing scout on map reading at Bodmin Airfield


Each lesson will start with a brief and an aircraft inspection before flying. Every maneuvere will be demonstrated by an instructor  before allowing yourself to take the controls!

Flying Solo

The first time that you go solo will be something that you will cherish for the rest of your life! Putting all the training and studying into practice and proving that you can fly a plane by yourself!

Our instructors will never send you solo before you’re ready, so enjoy this moment.

What the Course Also Involves

Theory Exams

To complete the Licence 9 multiple choice exams must be completed in the following subjects:

  • Air Law (to be passed before your first solo)
  • Operational Procedures
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Flight Performance & Planning
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Principles of Flight
  • Human Performance
  • Radio Telephony

The pass mark is 75%

Radio Practical Exam

In order to use radio transmitting equipment you are required to take a practical radio exam. This will test your radio telephony knowledge and allow you to communicate with other traffic and air traffic control units.

What you can do with your licence!

You will be training for a National Private Pilot Licence with ‘a single engine piston (SEP) class rating’. This entitles you to fly aircraft within that class up to a maximum take-off weight of 5700kg, for private and recreational purposes only.

With this license you can fly in 2 or 6 seater aircraft. So why not fly friends to the Scilly Isles for lunch, or family to Paris for a weekend break! The possibilities are endless!