The holder of an EASA LAPL(A) may exercise the privileges of the licence to fly EASA aeroplanes registered in the EU and non-EASA aeroplanes registered in the UK that come within the privileges of the licence. The privileges of the holder of an LAPL for aeroplanes are to act as PIC on single engine piston aeroplanes-land or TMG with a maximum certificated take-off mass of 2000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers, such that there are never more than 4 persons on board of the aircraft. Holders of an LAPL(A) shall only carry passengers after they have completed, after the issuance of the licence, 10 hours of flight time as PIC on aeroplanes or TMG.

Applicants for an LAPL(A) shall have completed at least 30 hours of flight instruction on aeroplanes or TMGs, including at least:

15 hours of dual flight instruction in the class in which the skill test will be taken; 6 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 3 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross-country flight of at least 150 km (80 NM), during which 1 full stop landing at an aerodrome different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made.

Applicants for an LAPL(A) shall demonstrate a level of theoretical knowledge appropriate to the privileges granted, through examinations on the following:

common subjects:

*   Air Law
*   Human Performance
*   Meteorology
*   Communications

specific subjects concerning the different aircraft categories:

*   Principles of flight
*   Operational procedures
*   Flight performance and planning
*   Aircraft general knowledge
*   Navigation

All written examinations are in a multiple-choice format, with a pass mark of 75%. Most students choose to work towards the written exams under a programme of self-study, with guidance from their instructor. You can, however, make use of our ground school tuition and courses available here at Welshpool. There is also a practical Radio Telephony exam, which can also be carried out at the school by our in-house examiner.

Prior to each flight throughout the course, whether dual or solo, you will have a detailed pre-flight brief with your instructor here at Welshpool Flying School, who will go through each element of the exercise. After the flight, there will be a thorough debrief, when you will be encouraged to discuss the flight with your instructor and when he/she will answer any questions you may have.

The early parts of your training will be spent in local areas around Welshpool, when you will learn how to handle the airplane in a safe fashion. This is followed by ‘circuit training’, this is where you learn how to take-off and land the aircraft safely. When you have confidently flown your first solo circuit, you will then progress; learning how to navigate your aircraft from point to point.

There are no real age limits in learning to fly. Providing you are 14 years old or over, you can log all your flying towards the LAPL course, although you must be at least 16 years old to be able to fly solo. The minimum age for the issue of an LAPL is 17 years. But you can never be too old! All pilots must undergo a medical assessment, but this can be carried out by your own GP. Providing you meet the medical requirements, there is no upper age limit at all.

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