LAPL vs PPL – Light Aircraft & Private Pilot’s Licence
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LAPL vs PPL – Light Aircraft & Private Pilot’s Licence

September 8, 2019


Hello, my name is Ben Lovegrove and in this
video I’m going to summarise the similarities and differences between the LAPL and the PPL. That is, the Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence
and the Private Pilot’s Licence. If you’re unsure of the differences and therefore
which licence you need, then watch this video to the end as it may clear up some of the
confusion. The right licence for you will depend on your
aviation aspirations. If you intend to fly for recreational purposes
under VFR in the UK with perhaps occasional trips over to continental Europe then the
LAPL is ideal. Theoretically it will take less time and expense
to gain due to less stringent requirements. On the other hand if you want to fly privately,
perhaps under IFR, and maybe continue flight training to begin a career then the PPL is
probably your best option. The LAPL was introduced by EASA to enable
aspiring aviators to gain a licence with a shorter syllabus and less strict medical requirements
than those of the PPL. The PPL is a globally recognised private pilot’s
licence whereas the LAPL is particular to Europe. The only additional ratings that a pilot can
add to the LAPL are the Night rating and an Aerobatic rating. The additional ratings that a pilot can add
to the PPL are Night, Aerobatic, Multi Engine, and Instrument ratings. Both licences allow the holder to fly single
engine aircraft. The LAPL allows the holder to fly aircraft
with a MTOW (Maximum Take-off Weight) of 2,000 kg with a maximum of 3 passengers. The PPL allows the holder to fly aircraft
with a MTOW (Maximum Take-off Weight) of 5,750 kg with a maximum of 19 passengers. You can tell from those figures that all LSA
(Light Sport Aircraft) and the majority of single engine training aircraft would be accessible
to the holder of an LAPL. For example, with a current LAPL you could
fly yourself and three passengers in a Cessna 172 to France and back. The PPL specifies the single-engine aircraft
privilege within the SEP rating which is valid for two years. The LAPL specifies the single-engine rating
within the licence itself. The LAPL is valid for life but as with all
licences and ratings you have to maintain currency by flying a minimum number of hours
every year. To maintain your LAPL you need to fly 12 hours
in the last 24 months as Pilot in Command including 1 hour with an instructor. Those 12 hours as PIC should include 12 take-offs
and landings. To maintain your PPL you need to fly 12 hours
in the last 12 months including 6 hours as Pilot in Command. Those 12 hours should also include 12 take-offs
and landings. The minimum training hours for the LAPL are
30 hours of which 6 hours should be flown solo and 3 of which should be solo cross country
flying. The cross country flying should include one
flight of at least 80 NM during which the student lands at one other airfield. The minimum training hours for the PPL are
45 hours of which 10 hours should be flown solo and 5 of which should be solo cross country
flying. The cross country flying should include one
flight of at least 150 NM during which the student lands at 2 other airfields. That covers the main differences between the
two licences. If you want more information about gaining a PPL or LAPL then please check
the links in the description below or visit my channel homepage. This video is my understanding of the requirements
and I make no claims as to the accuracy presented here. Always check the details of licensing, training,
and validation requirements with your Flight Instructor. If you want to check every detail of licencing
then please visit: www.caa.co.uk/General-aviation/ and check the sections entitled ‘Learning
to fly’ and ‘Pilot licences ratings and medical certificates’

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  1. Hi Ben, my most local club can train nppl (m), I've contact CAA via email and awaiting a reply a couple of days now. I'm curious to know can any time or certifiable experience be transferred from nppl (m) to LAPL

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