Private Pilots License


The Private Licence (PPL) is more than a license to fly – it will become a way of life. Our aim is to help you in this process of change. The PPL is a foundation stone for all your flying – whether it’s for recreational, private ownership or commercial purposes.

Based on a firm understanding of knowledge gained from our vast experience in helicopter and fixed wing training, you will graduate from The Aviation Centre not just as a pilot, but as an airman/woman willing to continue to learn through your flying career.

There are two main parts included in the course of training provided by the Aviation Centre:

The Flight Training

An Instructor will be nominated and dedicated to you throughout the course; it is advisable to keep the same Instructor throughout your training, although an occasional training period with a different Instructor will often be beneficial.

The Ground School

Ground study is the cement that turns your PPL into an achievement of merit and develops your skills. In preparation for the exams, your Instructor will be responsible for managing your study programme and is available for extra tutoring if necessary to help you achieve your goal.

The flight training course required by EASA must include a minimum of 45 hours of flight training, all of which are supervised by an Instructor. Of these hours, at least:

  • 25 hours must be dual instruction
  • 10 hours of solo flight (pilot in command)

The Course is set into two main parts:-

Basic Flying Leading to Your First Solo

This part of the course entails learning to fly in forward flight, turning, climbing, descending, landing and taking off. You will also learn the procedure of handling the aircraft in various emergency procedures. Experience will be gained in making radio calls and flying in and around the airfield (circuits).

Advanced Exercises

Having acquired the basic skills we will instruct you in the more advanced exercises to enable you to handle the aircraft in various parameters. Navigational techniques will be developed to the stage where you will plan cross-country trips and fly them. This stage will also cover the solo cross country requirements of the flying training.

The Theoretical Exams:

Human Performance – Introducing you to the physiological aspects of flying, the dangers of alcohol and medication, flying with colds etc.

Aviation Law – Flying´s equivalent to the Highway Code

Navigation – Understanding the techniques involved

Meteorology – Learning what the weather will do and how it will affect your flying

Principles of Flight – A better understanding of the aerodynamics of flight

Flight Planning & Performance – preparing for your cross country

Aircraft General – General aviation principles and knowledge of how the aircraft works.

Operational Procedures – How to really plan using your machine

Communications – Learning how to use the radio correctly

Radio Telephony (R/T) – Learn how to speak proper!!

At first, the list of subjects may seem daunting but it forms a logical and common sense pattern as you progress along your training course and we will help you every step of the way.

Flying Test

At the end of the flying training course, you will take a flight test with an in-house examiner. Your flying at this stage will be at a standard to enable you to demonstrate to the examiner that you can fly safely and competently.