Training

The basics

Here at YFC training is available for both the EASA PPL(A) and the LAPL(A), we use two aeroplanes, a SOCATA TB10 which is a four seat training and touring aeroplane and also a Slingsby T67 which is a two seat aerobatic trainer which used to be the standard trainer for UK military pilots.  Our instructors are all volunteers who have a variety of backgrounds from military jets to airliners and business jets so you can be sure you’re getting the very best quality of training.  Because we are a member’s club and the instructors are volunteers, we aren’t always able to take on new students or to progress as rapidly as some commercial training schools can.  If you’re interested in training please contact the membership secretary and the Chief Flying Instructor who will be pleased to discuss your needs and see how we can best meet them.

Differences between EASA PPL(A) and LAPL(A)

The EASA Private Pilots Licence (Aeroplane) with a Single Engine Piston, Land (SEP(L)) Class rating allows you to act as Pilot In Command (PiC) or Co-Pilot for any aircraft powered by a single piston engine.

You may operate as PiC under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) when visibility is greater than 5Km and you are in sight of the surface, unless you are operating in Class A airspace when visibility needs to be greater than 10km.

You are NOT able to gain financial reward – though you may cost share with passengers.

It is possible to gain additional qualifications on a PPL(A)…

  • Night – this permits flight beyond daytime conditions – for flying purposes night starts at 30 minutes after sunset.
  • IR – Instrument Rating to permit world-wide operations in poor weather conditions.
  • IR(R) – The old UK IMC rating – Permits flight when not in sight of the surface and in reduced visibility within the UK.

Training required for the issue of an EASA PPL(A)

  • Minimum of 45 total flying hours.
  • Minimum of 25 hours dual flight instruction, to include 2 hours stall/spin awareness and 2 hours instrument flight appreciation – Flight Training.
  • Minimum of 10 hours solo flight, 5 hours of which must be cross country with one solo cross country being at least 150 nautical miles with 2 landings at different airfields.
  • Can start instruction and log hours from the age of 14, be at least 16 with a Class 2 or higher medical to go solo and at least 17 to be issued with a PPL(A).
  • Successful completion of Ground Exams.

LAPL(A) – Light Aircraft Pilots Licence

The Light Aircraft Pilots Licence allows you to act as Pilot in Command (PiC) for small single engined aircraft with a maximum of 4 seats and under 2,000kgs however you must fly 10 hours solo after completion fo your licence before you can carry passengers.

You may operate as PiC under Visual Flight Rules (VFR) when visibility is greater than 5kms and you are in sight of the surface, unless you are operating in Class A airspace when visibility needs to be greater than 10km.

You are NOT able to fly for financial reward – though you may cost share with passengers.

Only able to fly in European airspace.

Training required for the issue of LAPL

  • Minimum of 30 total flying hours.
  • Minimum of 15 hours dual flight instruction.
  • Minimum of 6 hours solo flight, 3 hours of which must be cross country with one solo cross country being at least 80 nautical miles with 1 landing at a different airfield.
  • Can start instruction and log hours from the age of 14, be at least 16 to fly solo.
  • Group 2 or higher medical to go solo and at least 17 to be issued with a LAPL.
  • Successful completion of Ground Exams.

A medial certificate is required before you can fly solo, the examination needs to carried out by an Aviation Medical Examiner (AME), a list of CAA authorised AME’s can be found via the CAA’s web site.