LAPL  (Light Aircraft Pilot's Licence)


 The LAPL licence is only valid within the United Kingdom, however permission may be sought from the officials of the destination country to fly abroad. This licence can be obtained by anyone who is fit enough to drive a car, and in fact the medical requirements follow those issued by the DVLA for car and HGV drivers. Quite frequently PPL holders transfer their medical to that required for LAPL when the CAA medical requirements become too much for them. Therefore this licence is a highly desirable qualification for pilots wishing to tour with family and friends without venturing overseas.

Course requirements include:

  • A minimum of 35 hour flight training (25 of which are with an instructor and the remaining hours as supervised solo including navigation)
  • A medical declaration signed by your own GP


► Read more about the LAPL(A) on the CAA website



UK CAA PPL  (Private Pilot's Licence)


This licence is the first step towards true freedom of the sky, whether you are just planning on recreational flying with friends and family, or have your sights set on the Captain's seat of a large jet. The course consists of 45 hours flight training minimum of which 25 hours dual and 15 hours solo. In addition, written examinations must be undertaken in the following:


  • Aviation Law
  • Aircraft General
  • Air Law
  • Navigation
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Communications
  • Human Factors
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of Flight


► Read more about the UK CAA PPL(A) on the CAA website



The following FAQs (in no particular order) should answer most of your questions about learning to fly with MAK Aviation. If you have further questions or require any additional information, please feel free to telephone, email, or call in at our office for an informal chat.


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Will I get my licence after 45 hours?

How often should I fly?

Will I always have the same instructor?

What are the advantages of learning in the UK rather than the USA?

How much will it cost to learn to fly?

I'm not very good at maths, is that a problem?

How often should I study?

Can I get past exam papers for revision?

What happens if I fail an exam?

Can I fly in all weathers?

Where can I fly?

Can I take passengers?

How expensive is it to hire an aeroplane?

How fit must I be to learn to fly?

When can I fly?

What sort of aircraft can I fly?

How difficult is it to fly?

What can I do after I gain my licence?

What about safety?

How do I keep my pilot's licence current?


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