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. Incase 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.


Please note all costs are inclusive of one landing, fuel surcharges and VAT at Perpignan. Additional landings are charged at €4 per landing.

Training on the DA40 at €240 per hour

Training on the Fuji €200 per hour

Brush up ground school including  course material for the 9 exams  €720 including the written exams

PPL ground  exams €35 each if taken independently

Practical RT exam €70

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. 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 flying in a more condensed time period normally equates to fewer total hours flown as you are totally immersed in the flying environment.

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