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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL) is a good way to learn if you want to carry your friends and family on good weather flights within Europe. If would like to add additional ratings to your licence or continue into commercial aviation then you may wish to consider the Private Pilots Licence (PPL) instead. Requiring more training, it is slightly more expensive to obtain and requires a more stringent medical but you can add ratings to include flying in more demanding weather and aerobatics. Read this page to see the comparisons and choose the right training for you.
Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL)
The LAPL course offers you the training and experience you need to obtain a pilots licence. At Leicestershire Aero Club, all of our training is approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and combines both practical flight training and the theoretical knowledge required to fly light aeroplanes within the UK and Europe.
LAPL training requires a minimum of 30 hours flying time including 6 hours solo, ending with a skills test with an examiner where you will need to prove your general handling and navigation skills.
Training is typically done in a Cessna 152, a small 2 seater training aircraft. You will have the option to upgrade to train in a larger 4 seat aircraft if you prefer.
30 hours is the CAA minimum hour requirement but you should be aware that more training time may be required to achieve test standard. This is determined by your own abilities.