What skills are trained as part of an LAPL?
In case of an LAPL training (Light Aircraft Pilot Licence) you will be trained to become a pilot who is allowed to only execute private flights on single engine airplanes in Europe, as a commander in accordance with VFR (Visual Flight Rules). Outside of Europe an LAPL does not allow a pilot to fly and it is not possible to obtain an equivalent license.
As a commander you are licensed to fly private single engine airplanes and their passengers. Commercial flights (against payment) are not allowed.
Theory subjects (the same as PPL)
- Principles of Flight & Aircraft General Knowledge
- Flight Performance & Planning
- Air Law & Operational Procedures
- Human Performance and Limitations
- RT : Radio / Telefonie + LPE Language Proficiency Exam)
One should fly a minimum of 30 hours to gain experience prior to participating in an LAPL exam. Of these 30 hours it is required to have flown a minimum of 6 hours solo and to have flown over land for a minimum of 160 KM in a single flight that includes at least 1 (one) landing on another airport.
An LAPL(A) allows you to fly single engine airplanes that are equipped with piston engines up to a maximum take-off weight of 2000 KG and a maximum of 3 passengers (i.e., a total of 4 persons inside the airplane).