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 consisting of 45hrs in a single-engine aircraft and 5hrs Night Rating.

Our PPL course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and practical skills to fly and command a private aircraft with non-commercial passengers and enable you to fly at night exercising visual flight rules (VFR).

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 as part of our Modular ATPL training route. This is ideal if you want to train in your own time alongside other commitments and pay in bitesize chunks.

Your Private Pilot Licence 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).

PPL course summary
  • Cost: £13,000
  • Type: Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
  • Duration: 10 weeks (subject to scheduling)
  • Required experience: Little or none
  • Training Aircraft: Single-engine piston aircraft
  • Locations: Cranfield (UK) or Ponte de Sor (Portugal)
Graduation qualifications
  • 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)

PPL training course footprint

  • DURATION

    DURATION

    10

    WEEKS
  • FLIGHT TRAINING

    FLIGHT TRAINING

    45

    HOURS
  • GROUND SCHOOL

    GROUND SCHOOL

    9

    MODULES
  • PHASE
  • MODULE
  • TIME
  • LOCATION
  • 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)
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).

Medical

Be able to obtain:

1. EASA Class 1 Medical without restrictions;

Or

2. UK CAA Class 1 Medical without restrictions

Visas

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

Or

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
Overview
Overview

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 course costs

Cost of PPL Licence: £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)
  • Licence 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 the end of 2021
  • English language (IELTS) test (if applicable)
  • Class 1 Medical
  • CAA Flight Test and Licence Application Fees
  • Daily transport cost from accommodation to training location (if applicable)
  • Food and personal living
  • Personal travel
  • Insurances

How to fund your pilot training

How much it costs to become a pilot

What are my career prospects?

Holding a Private Pilot Licence can be the launchpad for a career in aviation. 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 instructor's 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 trips without compensation.

    PPL training course FAQs

  • What aircraft will I train on?

      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.

      Single-engine piston aircraft such as Piper Archer PA28 and Diamond DA40 with glass cockpits and Garmin G1000 Instrumentation.

      Training delivered by industry-renowned instructors providing world-class tuition with thousands of hours combined flying experience.

      188m runway with the UK’s only digital ATC tower at Cranfield, flight simulators and training aircraft.

  • 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 my PPL training?

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

  • How much does a PPL cost in the UK?
  • CPL vs 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.

  • What are your funding options for my PPL Training?

      All of our training programs are self-funded by way of either savings or a loan secured typically against a UK property. We ourselves are not able to offer any financial advice however, we would suggest that potential candidates speak with their families and a variety of banks, lenders and independent financial advisers.

      For more information, please visit our finance and funding page by clicking the link below.

      Discover your airline pilot training funding and finance options.

  • Can I choose where I do my PPL course?

      Cadets training for their Private Pilot Licence will be based at our flight schools in Cranfield in the UK or in Ponte de Sor in Portugal.

      Our flight schools are approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and provide you with access to state-of-the-art facilities such as training aircraft, full-flight simulators and flight training devices.

      Cranfield

      Ponte de Sor

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

Excellent first time pass rate on Ground School exams
Excellent 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