The EASA Private Pilot Licence (Aeroplane)

The Course

Learning to fly light aircraft at Fenland, you have 2 main options:

You can either train for the EASA PPL(A) or the EASA LAPL(A), both of which have their own advantages, and you may want to get further details from your Instructor before making your choice.

The PPL(A), with its more comprehensive training, is most people’s first choice. For those who may not qualify medically, or are only going to want to fly up to a 4-seater in good weather, the LAPL(A) would be sufficient.

Both syllabuses are designed to meet an agreed minimum standard of training with the European member states. In the United Kingdom licensing is regulated by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority).

Before a licence can be issued the applicant must complete the minimum hours of flying which includes the following requirements:


Minimum 45 hours total

Minimum 25 hours of dual instruction.

Class 2 Medical.

Minimum 30 hours total

Minimum 15 hours of dual instruction.

LAPL Medical Certificate.

Minimum 10 hours of solo flight time (including minimum 5 hours of cross country flying and a flight of 270km with landings at 2 airfields different from that of departure). Minimum 6 hours of solo flight time (including minimum 3 hours of cross country flying and a flight of 150km with landings at 1 airfield different from that of departure).
A successful skills test with an examiner. A successful skills test with an examiner.


In addition to flying training, students are also required to complete the Theoretical Knowledge examinations, which are the same for both licences. Appropriate Ground School Training is available at the School. There are 9 multiple choice written examinations which are held in-house:

Air Law


Flight Planning and Performance

Aircraft General Knowledge

Principles of flight

Radio Telephony – Theory and Practical

Operational Procedures


Human Performance

Before a student can be recommended for the skills test, all flying training requirements must be met and ground examinations passed.

Finally, the student must complete a Radio Telephony Oral Examination before applying for their licence.


How Can We Help? 

At Fenland Flying School we offer a high quality of flight training within the relaxed atmosphere provided by a club environment and friendly, approachable instructors. Our instructors are mature and experienced with a broad history of careers spent in aviation, not just ‘marking time’ or hours building as a prelude to becoming airline crew.

For training we have Cessna 150/152 and Cessna 172 aircraft. All are proven training platforms and are ideal for operating out of short grass airfields such as Fenland. All our aircraft are maintained on site by E-Plane.

The airfield itself is busy enough to keep you on your toes without creating expensive delays and interruptions to your tuition. It benefits from a control tower staffed by Air Ground Radio Operators throughout the week. With a runway length of just 594 metres, learning to land at Fenland will give you confidence everywhere you go!


What Will It Cost Me?

 Unfortunately learning to fly is not cheap, but is less expensive than many hobbies. Below is an outline of what you can expect it to cost you, should you complete the course in the minimum hours. The cost can be spread over your training time – you can pay as you go, with very few up-front costs, making it a very affordable and enjoyable hobby. The training time is usually around 12-18 months.

Flying Training Minimum Hours (based on Cessna 152 @ £144 ph) £6,480 £4,320
Theoretical Knowledge Exams @ £37 per exam £333 £333
Practical Radio Exam £100 £100
Medical conducted by an Authorised Medical Examiner c.£120 c.£120
Equipment c.£250 c.£250
Test Fee £200 £200
Licence Fee £191 £191
Membership of Fenland Aero Club (inc all landing fees at Fenland) £220 £220
Away Landing Fees c.£45 c.£45
Flying School Membership @ £60 per month for 6 months £360 £360
TOTAL (spread over your training time) £8,299 £5,959


After completing either licence, a pilot must endeavour to remain practised and current. To satisfy legal requirements every licence holder must fly a minimum number of hours and have a biennial (every two years) review of proficiency.


Obviously with a PPL or LAPL in hand you will want to do more than just keep current. Maybe you’ll do a trip abroad, take a night rating course or, with the PPL, try your hand at instrument flying. Whatever it is you want to do, the staff at Fenland will gladly offer advice and a helping hand.

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