NPPL (National Private Pilot's Licence)
The NPPL 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 NPPL 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 G.P.

PPL (Private Pilot's Licence) - see FAQs
This licence is the first step towards 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
Radio Telephony (written)
Human Performance and limitations
Flight Performance
Flight Test

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

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Will I get my license in 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 current?

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Night Qualification
A useful fallback when you are running a little late on the return from your booze-cruise to France, and also a requirement for professional licences.
The requirements for the Night qualification are 5 hours of overall night flying, of which at least 3 are under dual instruction, and at least 1 hour of dual night navigation. This training must include 5 take offs and full stop landings at night.

IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions)
This rating will prepare you for the days when the weather is less than fine and teach you the more complex skills of Radio Navigation.
The IMC rating will require a minimum of 15 hours training, 29 hours ground school, one written exam and a flight test.




Learn to fly with us at Hertfordshire's Elstree Aerodome, just North of London. We offer Private Pilot's License (PPL) training and experience flights in our fleet of Cessna and Grumman training aircraft. Why not book a trial flight in one of our light aircraft today?

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