Lydd Aero Club is licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to provide all the necessary theoretical and practical training leading to both the Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) and the Private Pilot Licence (PPL).
Both licences are granted under the rules of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and are therefore valid in every member country of the European Union. In addition, the PPL entitles its holder to fly an EU registered aircraft to any destination in the world. The LAPL limits the holder to carrying a maximum of three passengers at any given time, and confines flights to Visual Flight Rules in daylight in aircraft weighing up to 2,000 Kgs. The PPL will allow the addition of further qualifications such as Multi-Engine, Instruments and Night ratings and aircraft may weigh up to 5,000 Kgs. All practical and theoretical examinations, including the radio telephony practical, may be taken at Lydd Aero Club whose staff includes CAA-appointed ground and Flight Examiners. A Medical Certificate is required before any “solo” flight takes place and there are slight differences between the LAPL and PPL requirements in this respect.
The current requirement is a minimum of 45 hours flight training, in two parts:
Not less than 25 hours of dual instruction with a flying instructor.
Not less than 10 hours of solo flying, of which five must be solo navigation.
The remaining hours will consist of either dual or solo flying, depending on the needs of the student.
Training is conducted mainly in Cessna 152 and Robin HR200 aircraft.
100 hours of recorded Ground School is also required and can be provided by Lydd Aero Club.
The Skills Test
Upon completion of the hours of flight training, the student will be eligible to undertake the Skills Test, which will be conducted by a flight examiner, not the student's usual instructor.
The test itself is merely a demonstration, by the student, of the flying skills acquired during training. The student will not be asked to demonstrate anything which has not been taught during the training.