If you wish to fly for fun or to make flying your career you start with the training course to attain your Private Pilot Licence (PPL). This will bring you from being ab initio to becoming a fully qualified private pilot
Our PPL training course is EASA approved.
The length of time it takes to complete the course will very much depend on how frequently and on how much time therein you wish to fly.The Irish weather also plays a big part.
During the training course you will
- Complete a minimum of 45 hours of flight instruction with your instructor
- Pass a Class 2 medical examination with an Aviation Medical Examiner
- Pass 9 theoretical knowledge examinations set by the Irish Aviation Authority
- Complete an English Language Proficiency test
Students may begin flying at any age however they must comply with the following
- A student must be at least 15 years old to count flight hours towards a pilot licence
- A student must be at least 16 years old before first solo flight
- A student must be at least 17 years old before a PPL will be granted
All flight training and pre flight briefings are on a one to one basis with your flight instructor.
Regular/frequent flying lessons will help to advance your training progress.
Below is outlined the flight lessons on the EASA syllabus.
Each lesson will need follow up practice to get to an acceptable standard of skill.
Students are asked to read up ahead of their lessons using the recommended Flight Training Manual.
- Familiarisation with the aeroplane
- Preparation for flight and action after flight
- The first air experience
- Effects of controls
- Taxiing and emergencies
- Straight and level flight
- Slow flight and stalling
- Spin awareness and avoidance
- Take off and climb to downwind position
- Circuit approach and landing
- First solo
- Advanced turning
- Forced landing without power
- Precautionary landing
- Basic instrument flight
The Ground Course
The ground course in preparation for the Theoretical Knowledge Examinations consists of 100 hours teaching which combines formal classroom work with CBT and other media distance learning courses.
The subjects covered are:
- Air Law
- Aircraft General Knowledge
- Flight Planning and Performance
- Navigation and Operational Procedures
- Radio Navigation
- Principles of Flight
- Human Performance and Limitations.
There are 9 exams in all and they are in a Multiple Choice format.The pass mark in all subjects is 75%.
The exams are set by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and take place several times a year.The dates can be found on the IAA website.All the exams must be passed in an 18 month period of passing the first subject.The Flight Skills Test must be completed within 24 months of passing all the Theoretical Knowledge Examinations.
A Class 2 medical is required to be passed before first solo flight.A list of approved Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) is available on the IAA website.
English Language Proficiency test
Before solo flight an English Language Proficiency (ELP) test must be passed.A list of ELP examiners is available on the IAA website.
Flight Skills Test
An application for the Flight Skills test can be made when the student has been signed off by the Chief Flying Instructor (CFI).This will be done when all the training is complete and the instructor is satisfied that the student is ready.
All information pertaining to the training course and the requirements are specified in the EASA Part-FCL document.