Lydd aero Club

Lydd Airport, Kent, TN29 9QL

01797 320734



National Private Pilot's Licence (NPPL)

This licence (see also  LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilots Licence - adopted by the European Safety organisation) is aimed at recreational pilots who wish to fly during the daytime and with no other “ratings” such as night or instrument flying. In the light of this, it has a lower minimum hours requirement than the Private Pilot Licence.TrainingPA28

It also differs in the medical requirements, which are now signed off by your own GP rather than by a specialist Aviation Medical Examiner. This is equivalent to the DVLA standards for a heavy goods vehicle driver.

An even lower medical standard applies If you are happy to fly without passengers, or with a safety pilot.

The NPPL is a national licence only, you cannot currently use it to fly outside the UK.

Whilst you cannot add night or instrument ratings to an NPPL,  you can credit 30 hours of your training time towards a EASA PPL if you wish to move on to that licence later, as long as all your instruction was carried out by a EASA instructor.

The Course

The requirement is a minimum of 32 hours flight training, in two parts:

  • Not less than 22 hours of dual instruction with a flying instructor, to include one hour of instrument appreciation
  • Not less than 10 hours of solo flying, including at least four hours of solo cross country flight, including one cross country of at least 100Nm with landings at two other aerodromes.

In addition to the training hours, at least two hours will be required for the practical tests (see below)

Any additional hours will consist of either dual or solo flying, depending on the needs of the student.

Training is conducted mainly in Cessna 152 aircraft, but 4 seat Piper Aircraft are also available for training should the student prefer.

The student must have obtained a self-declaration NPPL medical certificate countersigned by their own GP before flying solo.

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