Minimum age for a licence
The minimum age to get a PPL is 17.
You must complete a training course at an approved training organisation (ATO), including theoretical knowledge and flight instruction, before applying for an EASA PPL (H).
Theoretical knowledge examinations
As part of the application for a private licence, you will need to take and pass written exams in the following subject areas:
- Air law
- Human performance
Exams specific to the aircraft category:
- Principles of flight
- Operational procedures
- Flight performance and planning
- Aircraft general knowledge
A Class 2 medical certificate must be obtained from an (AME) Authorised Medical Examiner before solo flying can be undertaken.
Validity of passed theoretical knowledge exams
If you successfully pass the theoretical exams for the issue of a private pilot’s licence they will be valid for 24 months, within which time you must complete the skill test, otherwise they will lapse and you’ll have to retake them.
After passing the theoretical exams you will need to take a skill test with an examiner, in the relevant aircraft type, to demonstrate that you can competently carry out the procedures and manoeuvres that you have been taught, while acting as pilot in command (PIC).
You must have had some flight instruction on the same aircraft type or class, or group of balloons, that you will be taking your skill test on.
EASA PPL (H)
An EASA PPL (H) for helicopters will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) or co-pilot in non-commercial operations on helicopters.
The exception to this is for holders of a PPL (H) with instructor or examiner privileges, who can be paid for the following:
- Flight instruction
- Conducting skill tests and proficiency checks
for the LAPL (H) or PPL (H) and any associated ratings and endorsements.
Experience requirements and crediting
If you don’t already hold a licence, you will need to complete 45 hours of flight instruction on your chosen helicopter type, 5 hours of which may have been completed in an approved flight simulator (an FNPT or FFS), including at least:
- 25 hours of dual flight instruction.
- 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross country flight time with at least 1 cross country flight of at least 185 km (100 NM) that includes 2 full stop landings at an aerodrome different from the departure aerodrome.
- 35 of the 45 hours of flight instruction have to be completed on the same type of helicopter used for the skill test.
The course follows an approved syllabus of both ground briefings and flight instruction, comprising 30 exercises and passing 9 written examinations.
PPL (H) crediting if you hold a LAPL (H)
If you hold a LAPL (H), and are applying for an EASA PPL (H) you must complete a course with a flight training school to include at least:
- 5 hours of dual flight instruction
- At least 1 supervised solo cross-country flight, of at least 185km (100NM), plus full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the departure aerodrome.
EASA PPL (H) crediting if you hold another licence
If you hold a pilot’s licence for another type of aircraft, except balloons, you will be credited with 10% of your total flight time as PIC up to a maximum of 6 hours. You will still need to complete 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross country flight time with at least 1 cross country flight of at least 185 km (100 NM) that includes full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the departure aerodrome and 25 hours dual flight instruction as the credited flight time cannot be counted towards this requirement.
All information from the Civil Aviation Authority.