Civil Aviation Authority Private Pilots Licence

This is the most popular of the non commercial licences, the PPL opens up a myriad of opportunities for flying for pleasure. It can also provide a sound basis from which to train further should you decide to pursue a career in aviation.

The course comprises of a minimum of 45 flying hours, of which a minimum of 25 hours must be dual flight instruction and 10 hours of solo flying. Of the 10 hours solo flying, 5 hours must be cross-country navigation flights including one flight of at least 150 nautical miles incorporating two full stop landings at 2 different airfields.

In addition to the practical airborne exercises and tests there are a series of nine written Theoretical Knowledge exams and a practical Radio Telephony exam. Full Ground School instruction is available at Herefordshire Aero Club as well as a complete range of training manuals for self study.

Although there is no minimum age for dual instruction flying, any hours accrued before the age of 14 will not be eligible to count towards a PPL licence. Students must be 16 years old before they are permitted to fly solo and can apply for their PPL to be issued when they are 17 years old.

A Herefordshire Aero Club standard PPL course of a minimum 45 hours will cost from £9097 including annual Club membership and exam & test fees. Although the national average in the UK to complete the PPL course is 60 hours.

A full time intensive course is also available, please contact us for full details.