Requirements for a licence

Now we’re sure that if you’ve got as far as looking for a suitable flying school to learn to fly, you will have probably already done some homework and know what you need to get a pilots licence. In case you haven’t got that far yet, here’s a brief list of what the course entails. If you have any specific questions we can of course answer those for you.

PPL 45 hrs of flying, LAPL 30 hrs.

9 ground exams

100 hrs of ground school (not required for the UK PPL, only other EASA member PPL licences)

Medical: Class 2 medical from an approved Doctor for PPL (for CAA licences the list of Doctors is on the CAA website here .)

Medical from your GP for LAPL.

Please note that the country that issues your medical certificate will also issue your licence.

An RT (Radio Telephony) licence is strongly recommended and full training will be given as part of your training.

It is possible to complete a full PPL within 3 to 4 weeks if completed in the minimum required hours.

30 hrs flying for LAPL
45 hrs flying for PPL
9 ground exams
Medical (class 2 for PPL)
Radio Telephony licence


Now for the million dollar question, how much is it going to cost!  Well, there are a few options to complicate it but we’ve listed below the cost per hour of the aircraft you will fly so you can make a direct comparison with other schools and we’ve put examples at the end of this section as to what the approximate total is that you could expect to pay.


Please note all costs are inclusive of one landing per flight, fuel surcharges and VAT at Lee-On-The-Solent or Perpignan. Additional landings are charged at £6 per landing.

Training on the DA40 at £240 per hour dual.

Training on the Fuji £210 per hour dual.

Training on the Cirrus SR20 £280 per hour dual.

Training in the DA40 simulator £140 with an instructor

Training in the DA42 simulator  £240 with an instructor

5 day brush up ground school including  course material for the 9 exams  £720 including one sitting per subject of the written exams.

Ground school  £45/hr or £230 per day.

Radio Telephony course (RT):£420
which includes,
4 lectures,
4 practical route sessions,
1 practice route  in the DA40 FNPT2 simulator.
Practical RT exam
Additional RT training £35/hour

PPL ground  exams £35 each
If taken independently or retaking a failed exam.

Practical RT exam £45.

Solo hire charges for club members who are licensed pilots:

Fuji £170/hr
DA40 £220/hr
Cirrus £260/hr

Cirrus check out £280/hr dual.

Solo hire of DA40 simulator £120
Solo hire of DA42 simulator £220

Membership £20/month, with a minimum of one month, first month free.

IRR and night rating available. Please contact us for details.

Now let’s be completely honest here.  The minimum cost for the 45hr PPL course with exams, ground school and medical is just over £11,000 if flown on the Fuji. However, in our experience few people finish the course in the minimum hours; the reality would be closer to 50 to 55 hrs with some taking longer, some less.  It very much depends not only on age and ability but also frequency of flying. Training over an extended period of a couple of years it inevitably results in more hours flown as the first  part of each new lesson uses up valuable time getting back up to speed on the last lesson flown.  One of the advantages of training somewhere like Euro Flight Training is that you can fly in a more condensed time period if you wish which normally equates to fewer total hours flown as you are totally immersed in the flying environment.

Example Courses

Please note the estimated costs below include ground school and RT course.
LAPL 30 hrs flying  Fuji FA200-£7,700 Diamond DA40- £8,600  Cirrus SR20- £9,800
PPL 45 hrs flying Fuji FA200-£10,500 Diamond DA40-£11,700 Cirrus SR20- £13,300

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