Light Aircraft Pilot Licence
Please find below an in-depth view of the LAPL Course.
The European Aviation Safety Agency(EASA) specifies a minimum of 30 hours flying training, of which 6 hours must be solo. Clearly defined exercises cover aircraft familiarisation, climbing, descending, turning, slow flight, stalling and circuits, culminating in your first solo. Steep turns, emergency drills and instrument flying lead on to dual and solo navigation tasks. A 2 hour practical Skills Test in navigation and general handling completes the course for licence issue. Early lessons are usually about an hour in length, although later tasks may require up to 2 hours. Flying is normally booked in advance with the office.
Are there any exams?
Yes, these are online multiple choice, produced by the CAA but undertaken at Southend. Studying is self-study with instructors available to help with any sections as necessary. There is a revision module and mock test before you are recommended to sit the final exam.
The subjects are as follows:
Aircraft General Knowledge
Principles of flight
Flight Performance and Planning
Human Performance and Limitations
Once complete you take a flying Skills Test and a oral test of your knowledge of the aircraft that you fly.
No age limits apply to fly, however 14 is the lower limit for instructional flying. A minimum age of 16 years applies to solo flying and 17 years to holding a licence.
A Class 3 medical certificate is required before flying solo.
Good visibility is important, especially in the early stages. Low cloud and strong winds can sometimes restrict operations. You are advised to phone us before setting out for the airfield to check the conditions.
How long will it take?
This necessarily is governed by aptitude, personal commitments, weather, and of course funds. Intensive courses are possible, though a more leisurely pace is usual (typically 8-12 months) when customised around your schedule.
How much will it cost?
Course price and aircraft hire rates are available on request. It is important to bear in mind that 30 hours is a minimum requirement, extra hours will be charged pro-rata. All our prices include VAT where applicable. Discounts are available for students who are prepared to pay for the whole course in advance, and for lump sum payments towards flying. Conditions apply.
After you obtain your Light Aircraft Pilot's Licence
Once qualified, you may hire the Club's aircraft and carry passengers (although not for profit). Cost sharing however is possible.
All club aircraft are available for private hire. The PA28-R Piper Arrow, comprehensively equipped for radio navigation and with a higher cruising speed than the trainers, is a popular 'step up' for the new and experienced licence holder alike. Dual differences training will be required; normally 2-3 hours with an instructor.
Maintaining your licence privileges
Your licence will be valid for life but your flying privileges need to be revalidated every two years. This is done in either one of two ways:
Have completed at least 12 hours of flight time as PIC or flying dual or solo under the supervision of an instructor, including:
12 take-offs and landings
Refresher training of at least 1 hour of total flight time with an instructor
2. Have passed a LAPL(A) proficiency check with an examiner (available at Southend Flying Club).
There are very few restrictions on where you can take a light aircraft. Trips to the continent are popular, or if touring is not your scene, then there is still pleasure to be had flying locally. Once qualified you will find it beneficial to add further ratings to your licence.