Learn to become a private pilot with our PPL training course, designed to combine practical and theoretical knowledge to get you flying private aircraft.

Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Training Course

Become a private pilot with our PPL training. Our Private Pilots Licence (PPL) training course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to fly and command a private aircraft with non-commercial passengers. With L3Harris Airline Academy, cadets will also complete Night Rating which enables pilots to fly at night exercising visual flight rules (VFR). The PPL course comprises of 45 hours in a Single-Engine aircraft and 5 hours Night Rating.  

By obtaining your PPL, you’ll be equipped with the foundations of pilot training, and if you so wish, can build upon this to gain further experience, qualifications, flying privileges and ratings. 

For example, for cadets looking to become a commercial airline pilot, a PPL course is your first step to embarking on a Modular ATPL programme. Our Modular ATPL is designed to be a flexible programme allowing cadets to study in their own time alongside other commitments. This route is ideal if you want to pay as you train in bitesize chunks.  

Your PPL does not have to be issued by the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) to train in the UK, it can be issued by any International Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO).

Cranfield, UK / Ponte de Sor, Portugal




Modular ATPL

PPL training course details
  • Duration: 10 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • Type: Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
  • Required Experience: Little or none
  • Training Aircraft: Single-Engine piston aircraft
  • Location: Cranfield (UK) or Ponte de Sor (Portugal)
Successful graduation from this course will provide you with:
  • Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
  • 45-hours total in Single-Engine aircraft (29.5-hours dual & 15.5-hours solo)
  • Night Rating (4-hours dual & 1-hour solo)
Entry criteria

To be accepted on our PPL course you must meet the following entry criteria. Read our pilot qualifications and requirements guide for more information.

Age and height

Be at least 17 to submit an application.

Be at least 18 to commence training.

Minimum height 5 ft. 2 in. (157cm), maximum height 6 ft. 3 in. (191cm).

Education and English language

Students must possess a sound basic knowledge of Mathematics and be competent in the use of the English language.

Non-native English speakers must achieve at least level 5.5 in all sections of the International English Language Training System (IELTS).


Be able to obtain:

1. EASA Class 1 Medical without restrictions;


2. UK CAA Class 1 Medical without restrictions


1. Have the unrestricted right to live, study and work in the European Economic Area (EE) or Switzerland;


2. Meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI) requirements to qualify for a study visa

Background and selection

Produce a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate before training can commence.

Pass L3Harris’ selection process.

Selection process onto the PPL training course

Selection is mandatory and consists of technical and non-technical elements. The technical elements will test skills such as numeracy and aptitude and the non-technical element is a Zoom interview.

1. Application screening
1. Application screening

Your application will be screened by our selection team who will contact you if you pass our screening.

2. Selection day
2. Selection day

Providing your application passes our screening process you will then be invited to your selection day which will consist of Cut-e tests and an Interview conducted via Zoom.

PPL Training Programme










  • TIME
  • Flight Training
  • 45hrs flying training (5hrs of which may be completed in an approved flight simulator (an FSTD - flight simulation training device)):

    29.5hrs of dual flight instruction

    • 15.5hrs of supervised solo flying, including at least 5hrs of solo cross country with at least 1 cross country flight of at least 270km that includes full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the departure aerodrome.

  • 45 hours (subject to scheduling)
  • Cranfield (UK) or Ponte de Sor (Portugal)
  • Night Rating (4-hours dual & 1-hour solo)

  • 5 hours (subject to scheduling)
  • Cranfield (UK) or Ponte de Sor (Portugal)
  • Ground School
  • PPL Theory Examinations:

    1. Air Law*
    2. Operational Procedures*
    3. Human Performance*
    4. Navigation**
    5. Meteorology**
    6. Communications
    7. Aircraft General Knowledge
    8. Principles of Flight
    9. Flight Performance & Planning

    *required before first solo

    **required before first solo cross country

    Study for PPL Theory examinations will be a combination of self-study and support from L3Harris' world renowned training instructors.

  • Runs concurrently with flight training
  • Cranfield (UK) or Ponte de Sor (Portugal)
PPL License Cost

Cost of PPL License: £13,000 (inc VAT)

Fee structure:

  • Initial deposit of £2,600
  • 1x instalment of £10,400
  • Payment schedule will be confirmed at time of booking

What is included in the price?

  • Airport fees
  • Air travel to allocated training locations (if applicable)
  • Return transfer to and from airport to training location (if application)
  • License issue
  • Uniform (except flight bag)
  • PPL theory training and Air Law exam

Additional costs to consider:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • Flight training equipment
  • Selection fee: Free of charge until July 2021
  • English language (IELTS) test (if applicable)
  • Class 1 Medical
  • CAA Flight Test and License Application Fees
  • Daily transport cost from accommodation to training location (if applicable)
  • Food and personal living
  • Personal travel
  • Insurances
Why complete your PPL Training with L3Harris?
  • Cadets have access to cutting-edge training facilities such as the 188m runway with the UK’s only digital ATC tower at Cranfield, flight simulators and training aircraft. 
  • Modern training fleet including Piper Archer PA28 with glass cockpits and Garmin G1000 instrumentation. 
  • Our PPL with Night Rating is a springboard for cadets to obtain their ATPL and go on to fly for major UK and European Airlines. 
  • Our Flight Instructors have thousands of hours combined flying experience and will challenge and motivate you to become the best pilot you can be.
The PPL Training Aircraft

At L3Harris Airline Academy, we are a global leader in aviation technology, as such, cadets embarking on our Private Pilot Licence training course will have access to the very latest training systems.

Cadets will learn on a single-engine piston aircraft such as Piper Archer PA28 and Diamond DA40 with glass cockpits and Garmin G1000 Instrumentation.

Training will not only be delivered on state-of-the-art facilities but also by industry-renowned instructors ensuring you receive world-class tuition.

PPL theory training ahead of examinations will be a combination of self-study and support from instructors at L3Harris taking place in our classrooms and study zones.

About L3Harris Airline Academy
40+ years heritage in pilot training
40+ years heritage in pilot training

95% first time pass rate on Ground School exams
95% first time pass rate on Ground School exams

5 global Academy locations
5 global Academy locations

Dedicated graduate placement team to assist finding your pilot role
Dedicated graduate placement team to assist finding your pilot role

    PPL Training Course Frequently Asked Questions

  • What jobs can I get with a Private Pilot Licence?

      Holding a Private Pilot Licence can be the launchpad for a career in aviation if you have what it takes to become a pilot. You can go on to complete your Modular ATPL or add further qualifications and/ or “ratings” to your licence such as CPL MEIR, MCC and Instrument Rating (IR).

      If both teaching and aviation have always been of interest, your PPL can help to secure an instructors position. Whilst, a PPL isn’t a requirement, it can equip you with desirable knowledge and experience to give you a competitive advantage.

      If a career in aviation isn’t for you, a PPL allows you to travel in style. You can pilot a private aircraft and take friends and family on flights around the UK or further afield without compensation.

  • What can I fly with a PPL?

      Once you have obtained your PPL, you can fly a single-engine piston aircraft. With our PPL course, you will also obtain your Night Rating meaning you can pilot a single-engine piston aircraft at night using VFR.

  • How long will it take to complete a PPL?

      Our PPL course lasts for a duration of 10 weeks (subject to scheduling) and during this time you will complete 45 hours training in a Single-Engine aircraft and 5 hours of Night Rating training.

  • How much does a PPL cost in the UK?

      A PPL Licence costs £13,000 (inc VAT). This cost includes 45hrs of flying time in a single engine aircraft and 5hrs of Night Rating.

  • Which is best CPL or PPL?

      If you intend to fly just for pleasure, a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is the most suitable option.

      If you intend to fly for a career, a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL) is the most suitable option.

  • What medical is required for a PPL?

      To apply to train for a Private Pilot Licence (PPL), you will need to obtain an EASA Class 1 Medical without restrictions for Irish IAA Licence or a UK CAA Class 1 Medical without restrictions for UK CAA Licence.

  • How long does a PPL last in the UK?

      Your PPL is valid for lifetime.