National Private Pilot's Licence (NPPL) Single Engine Aeroplane
PA28 Warrior II
PA28 Warrior II Instrument panel

General

The National Private Pilot’s Licence (NPPL) is a UK specific pilot’s licence developed in 2002. It is not an internationally recognised licence and does not automatically entitle the holder to fly aircraft in other countries.

The NPPL may include in it aircraft Class Ratings that allow the holder to fly specific classes of aircraft, such as microlights.

Minimum Age

First solo is 16 yrs
Issue of an NPPL is 17 yrs

Medical Requirements

A certificate of fitness from a GP, equivalent to the DVLA Group 2 professional driving medical standards, is required for solo flying or for passenger carrying. It may be possible for individuals who cannot meet the DVLA Group 2 standards to operate as a solo pilot only with a certificate of fitness equivalent to the DVLA Group 1 standards.

Training Aircraft

Adequately equipped and maintained aircraft shall be used for training. See specific syllabus requirements.

Training Airfields

Training for the NPPL shall be conducted at suitable airfields. See specific syllabus requirements

Instruction

Instruction for the NPPL must be carried out by a holder of an appropriate flight instructor certificate

Flight Training

Ab-initio students should complete flight training in accordance with the specific class rating syllabus requirements. The flight training hours are listed below:

Microlight
Minimum dual 25 hours
Minimum solo 10 hours
Minimum dual navigation 5 hours
Minimum solo navigation 3 hours
Total 35 hours

Simple Single Engine Aeroplane (SSEA)
Minimum dual 22 hours to include 1 hour instrument appreciation
Minimum solo 10 hours
Minimum solo navigation 4 hours to include a navigation flight of at least 185 km (100 nm) in the course of which full stop landings at 2 aerodromes other than the aerodrome of departure shall be made
Total 32 hours

Self Launching Motor Glider (SLMG)
Minimum dual 22 hours
Minimum solo 10 hours to include a solo navigation flight of a defined distance that involves landing at other airfields
Total 32 hours

Theoretical Knowledge Examinations

Applicants for the NPPL must pass the theoretical knowledge examinations in accordance with the specific class rating syllabus requirements. The subjects examined include:

Air Law
Aeroplane General Knowledge
Airframes, Engines and Instruments
Flight performance and Planning
Human Performance and Limitations
Fire, First Aid and Safety Equipment
Meteorology
Navigation
Operational Procedures
Principles of Flight
Communications

Navigation Skill Test

Applicants for the NPPL will be required to pass a Navigation Skill Test with an examiner prior to undertaking the qualifying solo cross-country flight

General Skill Test

Applicants for the NPPL will be required to pass a General Skill Test with an examiner on completion of all the training

Validity

The NPPL remains valid for the lifetime of the holder. All class ratings have a validity period of 2 years

Revalidation of Class Rating

Within the validity period of the class rating, a total of at least 12 hours flight time including 8 hours as PIC must be completed in order to revalidate by experience

Holder of a license with one class rating (SSEA or SLMG or Microlight)

Complete on the class of aeroplanes held:
(a) within the period of validity of the rating have flown as pilot:
(i) at least 12 hours flight time including 8 hours PIC
(ii) at least 12 take-offs and landings.
(iii) at least 1 hour of flight training with an instructor.  If this flight time has not been completed, the rating will be endorsed ‘Single seat only’
(b) Within the 12 months preceding the expiry date of the rating, have flown as pilot:
(i) at least 6 hours flight time

Holder of a license with 2 or 3 ratings (SSEA/SLMG/Microlight)

(a) Within the period of validity of the rating on any of the classes of aeroplanes held, have flown as pilot:
(i) at least a total of 12 hours including 8 hours PIC
(ii) at least 12 take-offs and landings
(iii) at least 1 hour of flight training with an instructor.  If this flight time has not been completed all ratings will be endorsed ‘Single seat only’

(b) Within the 12 months preceding the expiry date of the ratings held have flown, as pilot on any of the class ratings held:
(i) at least 6 hours flight time

(c) Within the period of validity of each class rating held, have flown as pilot:
(i) at least 1 hour PIC on each class held
OR
(ii) undertaken at least 1 hour of flying training on each class held with an instructor entitled to give instruction on aeroplanes of those classes

If (c) has not been fully completed, you will be required to renew the relevant class rating(s) by GST

Renewal of a Class Rating

If a class rating has expired it shall be renewed by passing a GST with an examinerspacer

 

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