Flight Training School
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Flight Training: PPL & LAPL

Choose the pilot training course to suit you

Here at Airspace FTS we utilise the Grob G115A ‘Mohawk’ to train our Pilots. The G115A ‘Mohawk’ with its sleek lines and responsive handling is similar to its cousin the G115E ‘Tutor’ used by the Royal Air Force for training military pilots. The ‘Mohawk’ is the perfect training platform being far more modern than traditional Cessna’s and Piper’s with unrivalled 360 degree visibility from its spacious fighter like cockpit, precise and stable flying characteristics and semi-reclined seating position, just like an F-16! If you fly with us here at Airspace FTS you will receive the highest standard of training delivered in a relaxed, friendly manner by our team of flight instructors who will adjust their training styles to your own particular needs in a professional and effective manner to assist you to complete your Pilot training in a stress free, positive environment.

Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Training   


• 45 hours (minimum) training in a G115A ‘Mohawk’, T67 Firefly or Piper Warrior.
• This includes a Minimum 10 hours solo flying.
• Course can be undertaken in 4-6 weeks intensively or part time as required.

• Basics of flying
• Circuit flying and emergencies
• Advanced flying
• Navigation
• 9 Theory exams consisting of:
    ✈   Aviation Law and procedures, Human Factors
    ✈   Meteorology, Navigation, Flight Performance and planning
    ✈   Aircraft General Knowledge, Principles of Flight and Communications

• Class 2 medical certificates or greater, required prior to first solo flight.
• Minimum age:
    ✈   To start: 14
    ✈   To go solo: 16
    ✈   Licence Issue: 17

Civil Aviation Authority [CAA] Course Breakdown:
The Civil Aviation Authority are a corporation that regulate civil aviation in the United Kingdom, and, to hold an EASA Part-FCL PPL(A) you must undergo up to, and at least, 45 hours of flight instruction in an aircraft. This MUST include:
• 25 hours of instructed dual flight
• 10 hours of supervised solo time. This MUST include: at least 5 solo cross-country flights with at least one of those flown for a minimum of 150NM (270km) and one including x2 full stop landings at two different airfields from that of the airfield of departure.

The course has to be completed by an Approved Training Organisation (ATO), of which we at Airspace FTS are, and MUST also include 9 Ground School examinations from the following subjects:
• Air Law
• Human Performance
• Meteorology
• Communications
• Principles Of Flight
• Operational Procedures
• Flight Performance & Planning
• Aircraft General Knowledge
• Navigation

All of these subjects can be taken in any particular order you chose as well as an RT (Radio Telephony) test that allows you to operate the voice radio equipment within the aircraft.

A Class 2 medical also needs to be issued from an Authorised Medical Examiner (AME).

Upon completion of these requirements, and have obtained a necessary level of ability, you will conclude everything that you have learnt in a CAA Skills Test with an Authorised Examiner from the CAA and finally be issued with your very well deserved Private Pilot’s License!

Fee includes: Flight School amenities, all landing and touch & go fees at home airport
Not Included: Course materials, Radio Telephony course and exam, 2.5 hour test and examiner fee
Please see our Course fees: HERE

Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) Training   

The answer is simple. The LAPL is the fastest and most cost effective way to become a qualified Pilot. The LAPL is perfect for both the private pilot and the future commercial pilot as the licence can be gained in a shorter time to the traditional PPL and you can start logging those ‘Pilot in Command’ hours sooner! Ideal for the prospective commercial Pilot. For the Private Pilot the benefits are obvious – Only 30 hours training compared to the 45 hours for the PPL represents a substatial saving in cost compared to the PPL! In short the LAPL is the perfect starting point for your flying career, and you can start today here at Airspace FTS.

A LAPL has a minimum time requirement of just 30 hours instructed flying; with such short hours you would be able to earn your Licence in just 1 month! You can complete the LAPL either intensively or casually over a few weeks or months.

Our team of Flight Instructor’s will demonstrate the techniques to for you to gain the competences to achieve a high level of flying skill to make you a safe and competent pilot. Our structured LAPL course follows a set syllabus at your pace. Our optional ground school programme tailored to your progress through your LAPL flight training and will help you to pass the necessary exams first time round.

The Ground School exams are the same for the PPL course:
• Air Law
• Meteorology
• Human Performance
• Communications
• Operational Procedures
• Principles of Flight
• Flight Performance & Planning
• Aircraft General Knowledge
• Navigation

We offer Ground School sessions linked to your progress through your LAPL Training or PPL course, to help you to learn at your own pace.

The LAPL entitles you, the pilot, to fly aircraft up to 2000kg and up to 3 passengers (most Light aircraft only have 4 seats) on private flights in visual flight conditions (VFR) and at night with the additional night rating – please see our Night Rating information sheet for more details.

The medical requirements for a LAPL are not as demanding as it if for the PPL, however, you would still need to take a visit your local CAA Approved Medical Examiner (AME). Airspace FTS recommend Dr Wallis of ‘Fit to Fly’ for aviation medicals.

A LAPL can be upgraded to a full EASA PPL if required and further progression can be made such as by qualifying as a flying instructor or gaining your Commercial Pilot’s Licence.

Both Licences are valid for a lifetime but have to be kept current throughout a certain period of time.

So, if the LAPL is for you – knowing what you know now – then check out our prices, speak to our staff and let’s get you started! Airspace FTS is proud to be one of the UK’s first Approved Training Organisations (ATO) that offers this course; we have a team of highly skilled Flight Instructors that can accommodate to your flight training requrments!

The flight instruction element of the LAPL (A) course consists of a minimum of 30 hours of flight instruction including at least:
• 15 hours of dual flight instruction, and
• 6 hours of supervised solo flight time
• Of the 6 hours supervised solo flight time, a minimum of 3 hours must be solo cross-country flight time

• Pre-flight procedures, (e.g. loading and aircraft inspection);
• Aerodrome and traffic patterns operations, collisions avoidance and procedures;
• Control of the aircraft by external visual reference;
• Flight at critically slow airspeeds, recognition of, and recovery from, incipient and full stalls;
• Flight at critically high air speeds, recognition of, and recovery from a spiral dive;
• Normal and crosswind take-offs and landings;
• Short field and obstacle clearance take-offs, short-field landings;
• Cross country flying using visual references, dead reckoning procedure and use of radio navigation aids
• Emergency procedures, including simulated aeroplane equipment failures;
• Flight operations to, from, and transiting controlled aerodromes, compliance with air traffic services (ATS) procedures, communication procedures and phraseology

Throughout the flight instruction element of the LAPL course, there is an emphasis on using ‘Threat and Error Management’ (TEM) techniques to develop sound judgement and aid decision making.
During your training you will complete a solo cross country flight of at least 150 kilometres (80 nautical miles), during which a full stop landing is made at an airfield different from the departure airfield.
A Basic Instrument Training Device (BITD) may be used for training for navigation using radio navigation aids

‘Dual flight instruction’ means training flight time under the command of a flight instructor.
‘Solo flight time’ means flight time during which the student pilot is the sole occupant of the aircraft
Flight time is defined as the period from when the aeroplane first moves with the intention of taking off, until it comes to a final rest at the end of the flight

Theoretical knowledge element of the LAPL (A) course consists of theoretical knowledge instruction in nine subjects. This theoretical knowledge instruction may be in the form of formal ‘classroom’ group lectures, or one-on-one theoretical instruction from a Flight Instructor, and may also be ‘directed self-instruction’ (e.g. distance learning) by the student pilot using a variety of media.

The theoretical knowledge subjects are:
• Air Law;
• Operational Procedures;
• Communications;
• Meteorology;
• Navigation;
• Flight Planning and Performance;
• Aircraft General Knowledge;
• Principles of Flight;
• Human Performance.

All required exams must be passed within a period of 18 months (counted from the end of the calendar month when the first examination was attempted). Once all the exams have been passed, the passes remain valid for 24 months. The student pilot must achieve a pass in all written examinations before taking the Skill Test.
There is no minimum or maximum calendar time for completing the LAPL (A) course.

The LAPL is the less expensive option than the full PPL course because the minimum amount of flying hours required is lower.
You can pay for your LAPL 30 hour course up front at the discounted price
Please see our Course fees: HERE

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