EASA LAPL to PPL
Light Aircraft Pilot Licence
Pilots with a LAPL Licence can upgrade this to a PPL Licence by undertaking additional flight training. Additional theoretical training is required, but there are no theoretical exams.
Applicants for a LAPL(A) to PPL(A) upgrade must be 17 years old, proficient in English Language at Level 4-6, and have an EASA Class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate.
There are 3 components, flight training, theoretical ground training and written tests, and a flight test:
Applicants for an LAPL(A) will complete at least 30 hours of flight
instruction on aeroplanes or TMGs, including at least:
(1) 15 hours of dual flight instruction in the class in which the skill test will be
(2) 6 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 3 hours of solo
cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross-country flight of at least
150 km (80 NM), during which 1 full stop landing at an aerodrome different
from the aerodrome of departure shall be made.
Applicants for a PPL (A) holding an LAPL(A) shall have completed at least 15 hours of flight time on
aeroplanes after the issue of the LAPL (A), of which at least 10 shall be flight instruction completed in a training course at an ATO. This training course shall include at least 4 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 2 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross-country flight of at least 270 km (150 NM), during which full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made.
The course will begin with an assessment, and then an outline program. The basic flight lesson structure will follow the theme of a short briefing, followed by an instructional flight, followed by a debrief. The theory training will generally comprise a long briefing followed by home study, then a mock exam, revision training, and then the actual exam.
The briefing is followed by a familiarisation flight of about one hour to allow you to get acclimatised to the new conditions, and concluding with a few circuits. Subsequent flights will involve navigating and circuits until the student is deemed to be at a standard acceptable to permit supervised solo flight.
Privileges of the LAPL Qualification
The privileges of the holder of an LAPL for aeroplanes are to act as PIC on single engine piston aeroplanes-land or TMG with a maximum certificated take-off mass of 2000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers, such that there are never more than 4 persons on board of the aircraft.
Holders of an LAPL(A) shall only carry passengers after they have completed, after the issuance of the licence, 10 hours of flight time as PIC on aeroplanes or TMG.
Revalidation requires 12 take off and landings within the last 24 months and 1 hour refresher training with an Instructor, otherwise a Flight Test with an Examiner is required.
Assuming 10 hours flying instruction and 1.5 hours skill test then the costs excluding away landings and examiner fees will be approximately
Cessna 150/152 £ 1800 inc vat
Cessna 172 £1900 inc vat
Membership of FAC is additiional.