PPL Training

The length of time it takes to becoming a PPL holder varies from student to student based on how often they fly and how quickly they learn.
Our PPL training course is EASA approved.
The length of time it takes to complete the course will very much depend on how frequently and on how much time therein you wish to fly.The Irish weather also plays a big part.
During the training course you will

Complete a minimum of 45 hours of flight instruction with your instructor

Pass a Class 2 medical examination with an Aviation Medical Examiner

Pass 9 theoretical knowledge examinations set by the Irish Aviation Authority

Complete an English Language Proficiency test

Age Requirements

Students may begin flying at any age however they must comply with the following

A student must be at least 15 years old to count flight hours towards a pilot licence

A student must be at least 16 years old before first solo flight

A student must be at least 17 years old before a PPL will be granted

Flight Training

All flight training and pre flight briefings are on a one to one basis with your flight instructor.
Regular/frequent flying lessons will help to advance your training progress.
Below is outlined the flight lessons on the EASA syllabus.
Each lesson will need follow up practice to get to an acceptable standard of skill.
Students are asked to read up ahead of their lessons using the recommended Flight Training Manual.

Familiarisation with the aeroplane

Preparation for flight and action after flight

The first air experience

Effects of controls

Taxiing and emergencies

Straight and level flight




Slow flight and stalling

Spin awareness and avoidance

Take off and climb to downwind position

Circuit approach and landing

First solo

Advanced turning

Forced landing without power

Precautionary landing


Basic instrument flight

The Ground Course

The ground course in preparation for the Theoretical Knowledge Examinations consists of 100 hours teaching which combines formal classroom work with CBT and other media distance learning courses.
The subjects covered are:


Air Law

Aircraft General Knowledge

Flight Planning and Performance

Navigation Procedures

Operational Procedures


Principles of Flight

Human Performance and Limitations.

There are 9 exams in all and they are in a Multiple Choice format.The pass mark in all subjects is 75%.
The exams are set by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and take place several times a year.The dates can be found on the IAA website.All the exams must be passed in an 18 month period of passing the first subject.The Flight Skills Test must be completed within 24 months of passing all the Theoretical Knowledge Examinations.

Medical Requirements

Medical exam
A Class 2 medical is required to be passed before first solo flight.A list of approved Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs) is available on the IAA website.
English Language Proficiency test
Before solo flight an English Language Proficiency (ELP) test must be passed.A list of ELP examiners is available on the IAA website.

Flight Skills Test

An application for the Flight Skills test can be made when the student has been signed off by the Chief Flying Instructor (CFI).This will be done when all the training is complete and the instructor is satisfied that the student is ready.
All information pertaining to the training course and the requirements are specified in the EASA Part-FCL document.
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