The EASA Private Pilots Licence
The course covers aircraft handling, solo flying and navigation skills with our team of professional and commercially trained Flying Instructors. The PPL is a full qualification in its own right and also a foundation on which to build other skills such as flying at night or on instruments. We operate the Piper Warriors at Compton, but the licence will enable you to fly a variety of single engine aircraft. If you would like to learn to fly in something a little bit different – our deHavilland Chipmunk is also available to learn in.
We do our best to keep you with the same instructor throughout your training to help with continuity and confidence – and with personalised one-to-one training you cover the course at a pace that suits you. Each lesson is a two hour block with an hours flying and an hours free ground school. This means you comfortably cover the subjects that form the multiple choice exams and can sit them with confidence.
You will enjoy the benefits of training at an airfield with no controlled airspace or commercial traffic to contend with. Not only does this save you money as you can do all your training at your home field, but it provides a relaxed training environment. Learning on grass (the most common landing surface) will also mean you develop a high level of aircraft handling skill.
You can start to log hours from 14, go solo at 16 and apply for your licence at 17 years of age. As an upper age limit guide most insurers consider 80 a cut-off point. There are exceptions to the rule however – and you can still fly with an instructor after this big birthday!
You will need a medical certificate before you are able to fly the aircraft solo – so around 12-25 hours in to your course. We can provide you with a list of GPs qualified to do this in your area.
You can do your licence in a matter of weeks with an intensive training course – or do it at a leisurely pace with one lesson a month or so. Most people take about a year which is an ideal balance between good progress and taking the time to really enjoy your flying. There is a requirement for additional ground school which you will do and pay for per hour with your instructor as and when you need to do it.
In order to maintain your currency once you have gained your private pilots licence, you just need to make sure that you comply with the following; The rating on your licence is valid for 24 months. In the second 12 months you need to do 12 hours of flying including one hour revalidation flight with a qualified flight instructor. Your licence is valid for life.
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Click here for our price lists. As we own and operate the whole aerodrome we can keep our rates low whether you opt for the pay-as-you-go option or the pre-payment option of our ‘PPL Packages’. You will not have to pay for any landings at Compton during your training here, so will save money both on this, and by not having to travel to another airfield to do them.