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Private pilot : Private Pilot License (PPL)

PPL

Obtaining a PPL (Private Pilot License) private pilot license is the first step to be doing a great hobby that is immensely rewarding. Learning how to fly is a challenging task. Flying lessons provide relaxation through hard work, guaranteed! There are heaps of interesting aspects to learning to fly and flight training: Geography, engineering, psychology, radio, meteorology, etc. This will ensure you will remain fascinated by this hobby long after obtaining your private pilot’s license. Flying alone for the first time or “going solo” is thrilling and satisfying and will ultimately lead to the coveted “Private Pilot License” or your PPL pilot license.

The PPL pilot license is, as it were, your passport to go into the air and later on you can add many licenses and ratings, eventually even up to the airline transport pilots license.

This in contrast to the LAPL (Light aircraft pilot license) or RPL (Recreational Pilot License) therefore we consider the added value of these LAPL and RPL pilot licenses to be insufficient for the student while the costs and efforts are almost identical so we strongly encourage you to go for the PPL course.

With a European  EASA PPL license you can fly throughout Europe, America and in most other countries which renders this little bit of paper into a valuable asset. A PPL pilot license gives the holder the right to principally fly almost any type of aircraft (even large jets provided that the holder also has an HPA = high performance aircraft certificate) and a type rating on the particular jet or turboprop.

The only restriction being that you cannot fly commercial with paying passsengers, there can be no fee higher than cost-sharing.

For flying without visibility an Instrument Rating and / or a Night Qualification are also required. Of course all our flight training is EASA approved. You might be wondering what all these abbreviations mean. EASA is the European Aviation Safety Agency and this European agency regulates civil aviation in most European countries and even those outside Europe such as e.g. Turkey and Switzerland. This organisation has, among other things, equalised all the licenses and training across Europe. In the Netherlands, the Ministry of Environment and Transport IlenT ( InspectorateTransport and Water Management ) and the KIWA registry are responsible. They will be part of EASA in the future.

Teaching method

Our flight school places great emphasis on a pleasant way of teaching without arrogance or undue haste. With us you are not only a student but also a customer! Our qualified flight instructors have the expertise, patience and above all, the social skills to guide you through your flight training in a pleasant way and this through a structured training program consisting of ground school, briefings and flight lessons.

Becoming a pilot is not easy, but your flight instructor will guide you in a professional way through your PPL flight training at a pace that suits you. He will also give you valuable tips on the most effective way of studying so that you’ll get the PPL pilot license in the fastest and cheapest way possible. Check out our ‘Why Us’ page to find out out more good reasons for doing your pilot training at Executive Flight.

Our Fleet

Private pilot : Private Pilot License (PPL): € 12.802

Expenses

We have made every effort to minimise the costs for the PPL pilot course.

1 PRIVATE PILOT (PPL) Hoevenen/Antwerpen

1 PRIVATE PILOT (PPL) Breda/Hoevenen/Antwerpen
Classroom course PPL theory€ 920
Overhead & Administration€ 1.524
Long Briefings 6 hrs
Dual flight training 25 hrs with instructor€ 5.108
20 hrs solo flight€ 2.817
Skilltest 1.5 hr flight€ 211
total€ 10.580
VAT€ 2.222
1 PRIVATE PILOT (PPL) with 2017 discount deal! (-1.300,-) Breda/Hoevenen/Antwerpen*€ 11.500
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, government charges (LPE/Medical/Licensing), possibly extra req. flights and landings not in homebases Charleroi or Liege)
2 NIGHT QUALIFICATION (NQ) Hoevenen/Antwerpen
Books + Docs + Briefings + ATO overhead€ 320
4 hrs dual flight training with instructor Cessna 150/152€ 837
1 hr solo flight Cessna 150/152€ 181
total€ 1.338
VAT€ 281
2 TOTAL NIGHT QUALIFICATION (NQ)*€ 1.619
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, government charges (LPE/Medical/Licensing), possibly extra req. flights and landings not in homebases Charleroi or Liege)
3 Pilot In Command (PIC) HOURBUILDING
85 hrs solo on Cessna 150/152€ 11.970
VAT€ 2.514
3 Pilot In Command (PIC) HOURBUILDING*€ 14.484
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, government charges (LPE/Medical/Licensing), possibly extra req. flights and landings not in homebases Charleroi or Liege)
4 AIR TRANSPORT PILOT (ATPL) THEORY COURSE
Web based Distance learning system€ 2.337
Ebooks
Brush-up course
Homework Support & Paper books
ATP-Online questionbank access 6 months€ 142
total€ 2.479
VAT€ 521
4 TOTAL ATPL THEORY COURSE (ATPL)*€ 2.999
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, government charges, exam fees)
5 SINGLE ENGINE INSTRUMENT RATING (IR) on CESSNA 182 Charleroi
Boeken + Docs + ATO overhead€ 800
35 hrs DA-40/42 FNPT II simulator€ 3.483
Instructor IFR simulator (35 h)€ 3.185
15 hrs dual Cessna 182 with instructor in Charleroi€ 4.902
10 hours of briefings€ 550
Skilltest 1.5 hrs€ 275
total€ 12.919
VAT€ 2.713
5 SINGLE ENGINE INSTRUMENT RATING (IR) on CESSNA 182 Charleroi*€ 15.633
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, theory course, government charges (LPE/Medical/Licensing), possibly extra req. flights and landings not in homebases Charleroi or Liege)
6 COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENSE (CPL) Charleroi
Boeken + Docs + Briefings + ATO overhead€ 800
10 hrs dual flight DA-40 with instructor€ 2.367
5 hrs dual flight Cessna 182RG with instructor€ 1.634
Skilltest 1.5 hrs€ 369
total€ 5.170
VAT€ 1.086
6 TOTAL COMMERCIAL PILOT LICENSE (CPL)*€ 6.255
*(all incl. except theory course, pilot supplies/books, government charges (LPE/Medical/Licensing), possibly extra req. flights and landings not in homebases Charleroi or Liege)
7 MULTI-ENGINE (MEP) VFR+IFR RATING Charleroi
Books + Docs + ATO overhead€ 560
11 hrs dual flight training Diamond DA42 Twinstar and simulator with instructor€ 4.120
Skilltest 1.5 hrs€ 544
Briefings approximately€ 275
total€ 5.223
VAT€ 1.097
7 TOTAL MULTI-ENGINE RATING (MEP) VFR-+IFR RATING Charleroi*€ 6.320
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, government charges (LPE/Medical/Licensing), possibly extra req. flights and landings not in homebases Charleroi or Liege)
8 MULTI CREW COORDINATION COURSE (MCC)
on FNPTII simulator€ 1.950
VAT MCC on FNPTII€ 105
8 TOTAL MULTI CREW COORDINATION COURSE (MCC) on FNPTII*€ 2.055
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, government charges)
9 TOTAL AIRLINE PILOT LICENSE (ATPL)*€ 59.035
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, government charges (LPE/Medical/Licensing), possibly extra req. flights and landings not in homebases Charleroi or Liege)
10 CONVERSION FROM FAA/ICAO ATP to EASA ATPL for confirmed pilots with 1500 hrs of which 500 multi-crew, 100 night etc.
ATPL theory course 14 subjects€ 2.479
Skilltest on qualifying multi-crew aircraft, price variable
total€ 2.479
*(preliminary pricing subject to CAA approval. Prices excluding landing fees not on homebases Charleroi and Liege, examination fees, medical examinations, language proficiency examinations & pilot supplies. hrs depending on entry level of candidate & individual theory homework support & brush-ups needed)
VAT€ 521
10 TOTAL EASA ATPL CONVERSION*€ 2.999
10 CONVERSION FROM FAA/ICAO CPL TO EASA frozen ATPL for low-time pilots
Books + Docs + CAA comm + ATO overhead€ 940
ATPL theory course 14 subjects€ 2.479
20 hrs of briefings€ 1.100
9 hrs SEP-VFR€ 1.839
12 hrs MEP VFR and IFR€ 5.053
2 hrs MEP/IR/CPL Skilltest€ 705
1 hr SEP-VFR Skilltest€ 133
total€ 12.249
VAT€ 2.572
10 TOTAL EASA frozen ATPL CONVERSION*€ 14.822
*(preliminary pricing subject to CAA approval. Prices excluding landing fees not on homebases Charleroi and Liege, examination fees, medical examinations, language proficiency examinations & pilot supplies. hrs depending on entry level of candidate & individual theory homework support & brush-ups needed)
11 CONVERSION FROM FAA/ICAO PPL to EASA PPL
9 hrs of briefings€ 450
PPL Ground course + docs + CAA comm + ATO overhead€ 698
3 hrs SEP-VFR€ 613
1 hr SEP-VFR Skilltest€ 133
total€ 1.761
VAT€ 398
11 TOTAL EASA PPL CONVERSION*€ 2.292
*(Prices excluding landing fees not on homebases Charleroi and Liege, examination fees, medical examinations, language proficiency examinations & pilot supplies. hrs depending on entry level of candidate & individual theory homework support & brush-ups needed)
12 CONVERSION FROM FAA/ICAO IR to EASA IR for people with more than 50 hours PiC
IR docs + CAA comm + ATO overhead€ 350
20 hrs of briefings€ 1.100
2 hrs of SEP-IFR on Cirrus aircraft€ 656
1 hr SEP-IFR Skilltest€ 237
total€ 2.106
VAT€ 492
12 CONVERSION FROM FAA/ICAO IR to EASA IR for people with more than 50 hours PiC*€ 2.835
*(Prices excluding examination fees, landing fees not on homebases Charleroi and Liege, medical examinations, language proficiency examinations & pilot supplies. hrs depending on entry level of candidate & individual theory homework support & brush-ups needed)
13 FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR COURSE
Books + Docs + ATO overhead€ 280
26 Hours on Cessna 150/152 with FII€ 5.767
5 Hours on Cessna 150/152€ 845
Briefings, minimum price. (Depending on entry-level and student availability)€ 1.320
total€ 8.212
VAT€ 1.725
13 TOTAL FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR COURSE*€ 9.937
*(Prices excluding examination fees, landing fees not on homebases Charleroi and Liege, medical examinations, language proficiency examinations & pilot supplies. hrs depending on entry level of candidate & individual theory homework support & brush-ups needed)
14 INSTRUMENT RATING THEORY
Web based Distance learning system€ 1.850
Ebooks
Brush-up course
Homework Support & Paper books
ATP-Online questionbank access 6 months€ 142
total€ 1.992
VAT€ 418
14 TOTAL INSTRUMENT RATING THEORY*€ 2.410
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, exam fees, government charges, extra req. flights & outlandings)
15 PPL THEORY
22 Weekly theory classes€ 920
eBooks, summaries, questionbanks, video's€ 489
Brush-up course
Homework Support & Paper books
total€ 1.409
VAT€ 296
15 TOTAL PPL THEORY*€ 1.705
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, exam fees, government charges, extra req. flights & outlandings)
16 EN-ROUTE/COMPETENCY BASED INSTRUMENT RATING THEORY
Web based Distance learning system€ 1.900
Ebooks
Brush-up course
Homework Support & Paper books
ATP-Online questionbank access 6 months€ 142
total€ 2.042
VAT€ 429
16 EN-ROUTE/COMPETENCY BASED INSTRUMENT RATING THEORY*€ 2.470
*(Prices excluding examination fees, landing fees not on homebases Charleroi and Liege, medical examinations, language proficiency examinations & pilot supplies. hrs depending on entry level of candidate & individual theory homework support & brush-ups needed)
17 ATPL ASSESSMENT
Compass flight aptitude, IQ & Personality test€ 411
Medical Class I (Required anyway)€ 369
3 trialflights (Also part of the training)€ 613
total€ 1.393
VAT€ 215
17 TOTAL ATPL ASSESMENT€ 1.608
18 MULTI-ENGINE RATING VFR
7 hrs Briefings + Books€ 150
6 hrs Diamond DA42 Twinstar dual flight training€ 2.661
Skilltest 1.5 hrs€ 544
total€ 3.355
VAT€ 705
18 TOTAL MULTI-ENGINE RATING VFR*€ 4.059
*(Prices excluding examination fees, landing fees not on homebases Charleroi and Liege, medical examinations, language proficiency examinations & pilot supplies. hrs depending on entry level of candidate & individual theory homework support & brush-ups needed)
19 SOLO & RENTAL of AIRCRAFT per block hr
Sportstar RTC Venlo€ 170
Cessna 152 Venlo or Charleroi€ 173
Cessna 172 Maastricht or Charleroi€ 209
Cessna 182RG Charleroi€ 297
DA40 Charleroi€ 197
Robin DR-400€ 156
Mooney M20J Charleroi€ 264
Diamond Twinstar DA42 Charleroi€ 439
Alsim DA-40 SEP VFR Charleroi€ 108
Alsim DA-40 SEP IR Charleroi€ 120
Alsim DA-42 MEP IR Charelroi€ 100
SIM PFC G1000 Antwerp€ 73
Cirrus SR-20 Liege€ 299
FSX session / hr Eindhoven with FI€ 110
MCC on full moving level C 737 SIM 2 weeks€ 3.637
*(Prices including fuel, VAT, TKS excluding, checkout, landing fees not on homebases Charleroi and Liege
20 PROFCHECK MEP-IR
1 hour DA42 incl. landingfee€ 353
Examiner's costs, approx.€ 150
1 hour SIM training€ 100
1 hour FI fee€ 91
Total€ 693
VAT€ 146
20 TOTAL PRORCHECK MEP-IR*€ 839
*(Prices excluding examination fees, landing fees not on homebases Charleroi and Liege, medical examinations, language proficiency examinations & pilot supplies. hrs depending on entry level of candidate & individual theory homework support & brush-ups needed)
21 GOVERNMENT FEES
THEORY EXAMS
PPL theory exam€ 94
PPL theory retakes(s)€ 44
CPL theory exam€ 283
IR theory exam€ 189
ATPL theory exam 14 subjects at once€ 441
ATPL theory exam per 7 subjects, IR theory exam, CPL theory exam€ 220
ATPL theory exam retakes
(no matter how many subjects retaken)
€ 220
PRACTICAL EXAMS
PPL practical exam€ 188
CPL practical exam€ 313
IR practical exam€ 281
MEP VFR practical exam€ 188
MEP-IR exam€ 281
PRORCHECK€ 150
LICENSE & RATING ISSUE
PPL & PPL+IR 5 yrs & EASA conv.€ 157
CPL & CPL+IR 5 yrs & EASA conv€ 315
ATPL+all rat. 5 yrs & EASA conv.€ 504
SEP/MEP€ 94
Type or Classrating€ 94
IR€ 94
FI€ 94
NQ€ 94
R/T for IR€ 44
MEDICALS
Initial ATPL class I medical€ 369
Intitial PPL class II medical€ 242
Revalid. PPL class II medical€ 90
Revalid. ATPL class I medical€ 117
22 JET ORIENTATION COURSE (JOC)
on FNPTII simulator€ 1.400
VAT JOC on FNPTII€ 63
22 JET ORIENTATION COURSE (JOC)€ 1.463
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, government charges)
23 Precision Based Navigation (PBN) course
Boeken + Docs + ATO overhead€ 800
3 hrs DA-40/42 FNPT II simulator€ 299
Instructor IFR simulator (3h)€ 273
briefings€ 220
Skilltest 1 hrs in FNPT II simulator**€ 191
total€ 1.592
VAT€ 334
23 Precision Based Navigation (PBN) course€ 1.926
*(Prices excluding examination fees, landing fees not on homebases Charleroi and Liege, pilot supplies. hrs depending on entry level of candidate)
** If profcheck is less than 3 months away the skilltest can be combined with the IR profcheck
24 En-Route Instrument Rating in Liege
Boeken + Docs + ATO overhead€ 400
15 hrs dual flight training Cirrus SR20 with instructor in Liege€ 4.920
5 hours of briefings€ 275
Skilltest 1.5 hrs€ 275
total€ 5.595
VAT€ 1.175
24 En-Route Instrument Rating in Liege€ 6.770
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, theory course, government charges (LPE/Medical/Licensing), possibly extra req. flights and landings not in homebases Charleroi or Liege)

1 OR OPTIONAL PRIVATE PILOT (PPL) Rotterdam

1 OR OPTIONAL ALTERNATIVE PRIVATE PILOT (PPL) Rotterdam
Classroom course PPL theory€ 920
Overhead & Administration€ 1.524
Long Briefings 6 hrs
Dual flight training 25 hrs with instructor€ 5.895
20 hrs solo flight€ 3.596
Skilltest 1.5 hr flight€ 211
total€ 12.147
VAT€ 2.551
1 OPTIONAL ALTERNATIVE PRIVATE PILOT (PPL) Rotterdam*€ 14.697
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, government charges (LPE/Medical/Licensing), possibly extra req. flights and landings not in homebases Charleroi or Liege)
5 OR OPTIONAL ALTERNATIVE IR on CIRRUS SR20 Liege
Boeken + Docs + ATO overhead€ 800
35 hrs DA-40/42 FNPT II simulator€ 3.483
Instructor IFR simulator (35 h)€ 3.185
15 hrs dual flight training Cirrus SR20 with instructor in Liege€ 4.920
10 hours of briefings€ 550
Skilltest 1.5 hrs€ 275
total€ 12.938
VAT€ 2.717
5 OPTIONAL ALTERNATIVE IR on CIRRUS SR20 Liege*€ 15.655
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, theory course, government charges (LPE/Medical/Licensing), possibly extra req. flights and landings not in homebases Charleroi or Liege)
7 OR OPTIONAL COMBINED MULTI-ENGINE+COMMERCIAL+IR Charleroi
INSTRUMENT MEP (IR) STAGE
Boeken + Docs + ATO overhead MEP+CPL+IR€ 2.560
40 hrs DA-40/DA-42 FNPT II AL200 SIM€ 3.980
Instructor MEP-IFR simulator (40 h)€ 3.640
15 hrs dual flight training DA-42 with instructor€ 5.994
Briefings€ 550
COMMERCIAL MEP (CPL) STAGE
10 hrs dual flight DA-40 with instructor€ 2.440
5 hrs dual flight training DA-42 with instructor€ 1.998
Skilltest 2 hrs€ 637
total€ 21.800
VAT€ 4.578
7 OR OPTIONAL COMBINED MULTI-ENGINE+COMMERCIAL+IR Charleroi*€ 26.378
*(all incl. except theory course, pilot supplies/books, government charges (LPE/Medical/Licensing), possibly extra req. flights and landings not in homebases Charleroi or Liege)
12 CONVERSION FROM FAA/ICAO IR to EASA IR for people with less than 50 hours PiC
IR theory course 7 subjects€ 1.850
IR docs + CAA comm + ATO overhead€ 800
10 hrs of SEP-IFR on Cirrus aircraft€ 3.280
1 hr SEP-IFR Skilltest€ 237
total€ 5.930
VAT€ 1.295
12 OR CONVERSION FROM FAA/ICAO IR to EASA IR for people with less than 50 hours PiC*€ 7.462
*(Prices excluding examination fees, landing fees not on homebases Charleroi and Liege, medical examinations, language proficiency examinations & pilot supplies. hrs depending on entry level of candidate & individual theory homework support & brush-ups needed)
24 En-Route Instrument Rating in Charleroi
Boeken + Docs + ATO overhead€ 400
15 hrs dual Cessna 182 with instructor in Charleroi€ 4.902
5 hours of briefings€ 275
Skilltest 1.5 hrs€ 275
total€ 5.577
VAT€ 1.171
24 En-Route Instrument Rating in Charleroi€ 6.748
*(all incl. except pilot supplies/books, theory course, government charges (LPE/Medical/Licensing), possibly extra req. flights and landings not in homebases Charleroi or Liege)

Specific advantages when obtaining your PPL at Executive Flight

  • Low landing fees: Only 0, 5 or 9, – euros in stead of 10, 20 or 40, – euros in the Netherlands
  • Theory examinations possible in Belgium in English for expats. (Not possible in the Netherlands)
  • Theory exams cost only 1 / 9th of the Dutch price: 100, – instead of 900, –
  • No expensive radio training and licensing required as in the Netherlands, saves 600, – euros, an examination and a lot of time.
  • Hyper Flexible: Flying, briefing and theory lessons when it suits you! We are open 24/7. Including weekends. Executive Flight adapts to your schedule rather than vice versa. Ideal to quickly get through your training, full-time or part-time, alongside work and family.
  • Real uncontrolled flying on a “green strip” without tower; so no security check, flight plan, parking fee, taxi time, “holding” in the air or first having to fly away from the airport area to start the lesson. No, in Hoevenen you go straight into the air. This saves 30% engine time per flying lesson and an hour on the ground. So a perfect combination of uncontrolled, free flying in Hoevenen and later on controlled flying in the areas of Antwerp and Rotterdam.
  • Our PPL theory course is remotely possible via our “Distance Learning” system (Saves an enormous amount of travel time and costs) or conventional classical tuition. All depending on your desire and preliminary education.
  • Executive Flight offers PPL training in different region’s. The restricted and complex areas of Antwerp, Rotterdam and Brussels, combined with the hills and mountains of the Ardennes and the French / German border area’s `offer an unprecedented international flying experience.
  • The entire PPL course can be taken in English, which is ideal for expats and international students while at the same time you will be much better prepared for an international career as a pilot.

Theory location

Meer (nearby Breda)
Londenstraat 7, 2321 Meer/Hoogstraten, Belgium

Flight training locations PPL

Available at the following airports:

Rotterdam The Hague Airport
Rotterdam Airportplein 60, 3045AP Rotterdam. NL

Hoevenen airfield
Dijkstraat 1, 2940 Stabroek, Belgium, B

Airport Midden-Zeeland
Calandweg 36, 4341 RA Arnemuiden, NL

Antwerp International Airport
Luchthavenlei 1, bus 32, 2100 Antwerp, B

Charleroi Airport
Rue des Fusillés, 6041, Gosselies, B

Duration

3-12 months depending on the student’s aptitude, availability and monthly budget

Private Pilot pilot license(EASA-PPL) training overview

  • 45 flight hours (minimum), including 25 hours of dual instruction, min. 10 hours solo min.5 hour cross-country navigation
  • 3 hours Instrument flying.
  • A 0 h (distance learning option) to 100 hour (full classical tuition) PPL theoretical training on Tuesday in Meer in Breda from 19:00 – 22:00 or a customised theory course with individual Homework Support (HWS)
  • 9 PPL theory exams on the same day
  • An English Language Proficiency Endorsement certificate (LPE) examination
  • EASA class 2 medical
  • A solo cross country flight with a landing at two airports 50 nautical miles apart of in total 150 nautical miles.
  • Skilltest with an examiner.

The duration of the private pilot training is completely flexible and adjustable by our flight instructors to suit your availability, budget and starting level. You decide when you fly, attend briefings or attend theory classes. The total duration varies from one month (on campus crash course) to one year for people who want to take it slow and fly 1 time per week / two weeks.

Remember that the maximum absorption capacity of most people is limited to 2 to 3 flying lessons per day plus the associated (de) briefings and PPL theory study.

On the other hand you will need to ensure that you fly regularly and at least take flying lessons once every two weeks, otherwise you’ll almost need an entire hour to get back “up to speed”, causing your flight training to drag on and become longer and more expensive …

General

The difference between a license and a rating is as follows. A license gives the pilot the right to fly  (PPL, CPL, ATPL), either commercial or otherwise. The rating determines in which conditions and at what type of plane he may do so. After obtaining the PPL one gets a SEP rating on the private pilot license (PPL). The SEP rating (single engine piston) gives him the right to fly a single-engine piston aircraft.

Initial Requirements

A private pilot (PPL) participant must be 16 years old to be allowed to do his first solo flight.

Practical training

The practical part of the training private pilot (PPL) consists of 45 flying hours, of which at least 25 hours in dual flight with an instructor and 10 hours solo. Furthermore, of those 10 hours at least 5 hours need to be cross-country flights including a navigation flight of at least 150 nautical miles with stops at two different airports. Finally, another 3 hours in simulated instrument flight conditions. To upgrade the LAPL to a PPL the candidate shall have flown 15 hours at LAPL. Of which at least 10 hours at a flight school with an instructor.  LAPL training can count for PPL training if the LAPL training is done on a Single Engine Piston (SEP) aircraft such as e.g. Cessna or Piper rather than an ultra-light one or something similar.

Theory training
The theoretical training for private pilot (PPL) consists of 9 theoretical subjects: principles of flight, navigation, meteorology, general knowledge of the aircraft, aviation legislation, operating procedures, human limitations and performance, mass and balance and performance and planning. After having successfully completed the theoretical knowledge examinations, a candidate has 24 months to finish his practical training and do the practical exam.

 

Afterwards
A candidate for the practical private pilot exam (PPL license) must be at least 17 years old. Furthermore, he must be in possession of an aeromedical class 2 and at least level 4 score on the English language proficiency exam.

Transferring LAPL to PPL

LAPL stands for “light aircraft pilot license” and gives the holder the right to fly on light sport aircraft up to a maximum weight of 2.000kg. A LAPL cannot be extended with additional ratings such as a night qualification (NQ) or instrument rating (IR), and because the training leading to a LAPL is almost the same as the one for obtaining the PPL (private pilot) it is also not very recommendable.

The candidate who wants to convert his Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) to a Private Pilot License (PPL) must have a valid Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL). To upgrade the LAPL to a PPL the candidate must have flown 15 hours at LAPL.

At least 10 hours of the minimum 15 hours of flight experience must have been gained in a flight school with an instructor. LAPL training without having obtained a pilot’s license, also counts for PPL training if one has flown on a SEP airplane.

Rehabilitation (rating has not yet expired)

The PPL license does not expire. The single engine piston (SEP) rating on the PPL expires every two years. When in the 12 months preceding the expiry date of the SEP rating one has made 12 take-offs and landings, together with 12 hours of flight time of which at least 6 as pilot in command and 1 hour with an instructor, he can apply for the SEP rating once again. Note, in the Netherlands an examiner must sign the application form with the FI! This is not required in Belgium. If you do not meet the above requirements you should schedule a practical exam with an examiner.

Renewal (rating has not expired yet)
The single engine piston (SEP) rating on the PPL license expires every two years. If it has expired flight school shall determine how much training the candidate to needs to achieve the requested level examination again, next an exam needs to find place with an examiner.

Other information

All skill tests can be put in the log book as pilot in command.

Legal requirements

LICENCE AS PRIVATE PILOT (PPL)
SECTION 1

General requirements

FCL.200    Minimum age

a)
An applicant for a PPL shall be at least 17 years old.
b)
An applicant for a BPL or an SPL shall be at least 16 years old.
FCL.205    Conditions

Applicants for the issue of a PPL shall meet the requirements for the class or type rating for the aircraft used in the skill test, as specified in Subpart H
FCL.210   Training course

An applicant for a BPL, SPL or PPL shall complete a training course at an ATO. The course shall include theoretical knowledge and flight instruction appropriate to the privileges granted.
FCL.215    Theoretical exam

An applicant for a BPL, SPL or PPL shall demonstrate a level of theoretical knowledge appropriate to the privileges granted through examinations on the following subjects.
a) General subjects:
— air law,
— human performance,
— meteorology, and
— communication.
b) Specific subjects concerning the different aircraft categories:
— Principles of Flight,
— operational procedures,
— flight performance and planning,
— general knowledge of the aircraft, and
— navigation.
FCL.235    Skills test

a)
On the basis of a skill test an applicant for a BPL, SPL or PPL demonstrates the ability to perform, as PIC on the appropriate aircraft category, the relevant procedures and manoeuvres with a degree of competency appropriate to the competencies granted .
b)
An applicant for the skill test shall have received flight instruction on the same class or type of aircraft, or a group of balloons that are to be used on the skill test.
c)
Criteria to succeed
1) The skill test consists of several sections that represent the different stages of a flight in accordance with the category of aircraft being used to fly.
2) When a candidate fails any item of a section, he falls for the entire section. If an applicant fails only 1 section, he must retake only that section. When one fails more than one section, one falls the entire test.
3) If the test should be retaken in accordance with point 2), failure in any section will lead to fail the entire test, including the parts which have been passed on a previous attempt,.
4) Candidates who did not pass all sections of the test after two attempts, will require further training.
SECTION 2

Specific requirements for the PPL airplanes— PPL(A)

FCL.205.A    PPL(A) — Competencies

a)
The holder of a PPL (A) is authorised to act as PIC or co-pilot on aircrafts or TMGs engaged in non-commercial operations without remuneration.
b)
Notwithstanding the preceding paragraph, the holder of a PPL (A) with the competencies as an instructor or examiner may receive remuneration for:
1) the provision of flight instruction for the LAPL (A) or PPL (A);
2) the conduct of skill tests and proficiency checks for these licenses;
3) the training, testing and proficiency assessment on the ratings or certificates attached to these licenses.

FCL.210.A    PPL(A) — Experience requirements and exemptions

a)

Applicants for a PPL (A) shall have received at least 45 hours of flight instruction in airplanes or TMGs, 5 of which may have been completed in an FSTD, including at least:
1) 25 hours of dual control instruction, and
2) 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross-country flight of at least 270 km (150 nm) during which landings with full stop must be carried out at two aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure.
b)
Specific requirements for applicants holding an LAPL (A). Applicants for a PPL (A) holding a LAPL (A) shall have completed at least 15 hours on airplanes after the issue of the LAPL (A), of which at least 10 hours of flight instruction in a training course at an ATO. This training course shall include at least 4 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 2 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross-country flight of at least 270 km (150 nm) during which landings to full stop need to be carried out at 2 aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure.
c)
Specific requirements for applicants holding an LAPL (S) with a TMG extension. Applicants for a PPL (A) holding a LAPL (S) with a TMG extension shall have completed the following:
1) at least 24 hours flight time on TMG after the endorsement of the TMG extension; and
2) 15 hours of flight instruction in airplanes during a training course at an ATO, including at least the requirements under a), 2).
d)
Exemption. Candidates holding a competencies certificate for another category of aircraft, except for balloons, shall be exempted from 10% of their total flight time as PIC on such aircraft up to a maximum of 10 hours. Under no circumstances can the scope of the exemption serve the purpose of the requirements under a), 2).