Flight training

To the uninitiated, learning to fly seems a formidable task, full of technical terms and abbreviations – almost a foreign language. However once you begin to study for your Private Pilots Licence (PPL) you will find that the syllabus builds steadily into a practical and theoretical knowledge of flying, with guidance from your instructor at every level.

No aspect of flight training is difficult but it does require a lot of determination and perseverance to complete your licence so there is great achievement at every step of your flight training.

At Clacton we have three aircraft types for you to choose from, the Cessna 152, Cessna 172 and the Piper Super Cub.

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LAPL Pilots Licence

The Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL) is awarded by the EASA in conjunction with the CAA. The minimum number of flying hours for application is 30, subject to further training requirements if necessary.

There are 9 written exams to be completed before the practical flying tests are undertaken, all of which are explained later. Additionally a medical to DVLA Group 2 standards must be passed with your doctor before flying solo and we will be happy to send you the necessary form for your doctor.

Towards the end of your course you will be doing a Navigation Skills Test which will allow you to complete your solo Qualifying Cross Country navigation flight and then with a short amount of further training you will be doing your General Skills Test.

Once qualified you will be able to fly at your own discretion into licensed and unlicensed strips within the UK, by yourself or with up to 3 passengers, in slightly greater legal minimums than the JAA PPL.

If you are considering a career in aviation or if you would like to add further flying qualifications to your licence such as a Night Rating, Multi engine or an Instrument flying qualification then the LAPL is not for you.

Full details on the LAPL’s legislation and privileges are available on the CAA website.