For those already with a microlight licence and ideally some experience in a three-axis aircraft, there is an efficient route to upgrade this to a full EASA PPL. We’ve trained numerous pilots and can handle all aspects in-house, including the final skill test. We believe following each of the following steps is the easiest and most cost effective approach.
This may change in April 2018 when the NPPL(SSEA) will no longer be valid in our aircraft, due to new EASA regulations. While that deadline may be deferred, we’d encourage those planning to follow this route to take advantage of it sooner rather than later.
NPPL(M) to NPPL(SSEA)
An NPPL(SSEA) allows VFR flight on our club aircraft and is valid throughout the UK, France (with a Class 2 medical), the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.
Your microlight licence should be current and at least an NPPL medical declaration.
You will require some hours of flight training in our PA28 or PS28 and a flight proficiency test.
There are only two additional theory exams – Aircraft (General) & Principles of Flight – which can be taken on request at our club office.
If you don’t already have a radio-telephony licence, then you’ll need to take the practical test. We can arrange that for you with our in-house examiner.
Most of the training relates to handling the flight characteristics of the larger, heavier aircraft and much of your existing microlight experience will be re-used. Training must include
- not less than 1 hour of dual instrument appreciation
- 2 hours stall awareness/spin avoidance training
- differences training for microlight pilots solely with flexwing experience
- For those with microlight operating restrictions, the entire NPPL navigation course
Prior to the final skill test, a total of 32 hours total flight time of which 10 hours solo which can include all previous microlight experience.
After licence issue, you will need to fly 6 hours solo before flying with passengers.
NPPL(SSEA) to LAPL
This is primarily a paperwork exercise, providing you have a LAPL Medical Certificate rather than the Medical Declaration required for the NPPL. Your ratings should be current. An examiner must verify and confirm that you have adequate English language proficiency.
We won’t charge a fee to check and sign your paperwork.
You will need to have flown 10 hours solo since obtaining your NPPL(SSEA) before flying with passengers using your LAPL licence.
LAPL to EASA PPL
There is no theory course since the LAPL and PPL exams are identical. You will need a Class 2 Medical rather than a LAPL medical certificate. Flight training covers the topics omitted from the LAPL training course and a flight skill test is required.
You’ll need to fly a total of at least 15 hours since LAPL issue of which at least 10 are flight instruction. There will be at least 4 hours supervised solo flight including at least 2 hours solo cross-country. A qualifying solo cross-country flight of 150 NM or more with two full stop landings at different airports. Some students make a single longer qualifying cross country during their NPPL training and those flights would satisfy both NPPL and PPL requirements.
Pass the standard PPL skill test, apply for your licence and when issued, you can enjoy the full benefits of a globally recognised private pilot licence.