By DebbieH 21 May 2021 7 min read

How to get a private pilot licence

To acquire a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) in the UK, you must be over the age of 17, hold a Part MED Class 2 Medical Certificate, and completed a training course at an approved training organisation (ATO) or declared training organisation (DTO).

A PPL will allow you to act as the Pilot in Command (PIC) in non-commercial operations on aeroplanes or touring motor gliders (TMGs).

As part of the training for your PPL, you will need to demonstrate that you have an appropriate level of theoretical knowledge by passing exams in a number of subject areas, including navigation, meteorology, communications and air law.

Once you have completed your training, you will need to take a skill test alongside an examiner in the relevant aircraft type to demonstrate that you can competently carry out the procedures and manoeuvres which you have been taught.

PPLs in the UK are issued through the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).