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A new formation close to PPL…

The Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) is a new form of training recently created by the EU. It appears to be very much like the Private Pilot Licence (PPL). We encourage you to read the section on PPL if you haven’t already read it.

As with the PPL, the LAPL offers the possibility of flying a light aircraft in France and in Europe, to travel and to carry passengers.

… but cheaper

The objective of the LAPL is to be able to offer almost the same privileges to a new pilot as a PPL, but with a shorter training (and therefore cheaper). In effect, the number of flying hours required to qualify is 30hrs as opposed to 45hrs for a PPL.

Comparison LAPL/PPL

The two licences are similar but have subtilities which distinguish them. Here is a table which will help you better understand them.

LAPL PPL
Priviliges
Area of validity The EU plus Switzerland The whole world
Types of aircraft Single engined, piston, of less than 2t No limitation
Passengers Maximum of 3, after 10hrs solo No limitation
Instrument flying (IFR) Not possible Qualification available
Requirements
To start the training Any age Any age
First solo flight Age 16 Age 16
To take the test Age 17 Age 17
Medical fitness For LAPL Class 2
Medical examination validity 5 years less than age 40, limited to age 42
2 years over 40
5 years less than age 40, limited to age 42
2 years from 40 to 50, limited to 51.
1 year aged over 50.
Training
Theoretical 2 tests (120 Multi-choice questions)
75% pass necessary in each test
2 tests (120 Multi-choice questions)
75% pass necessary in each test
Minimum number of flying hours 30 45
with an instructor 15 25
solo 6 10
including solo cross-country 3h, to include a flight of 80 NM 5h, to include a flight of 150 NM
Recent flying experience required after obtaining the licence
Flying hours 12h in the preceeding 24 months (sliding) 12hrs in the 12 months preceeding the end of validity of the class qualification
With an instructor and 1hr in the preceeding 24 months (sliding) 1hr with an instructor
Minimum budget
On F-GMKG €3,900 €5,600
Sur F-GZYA ou F-HBAV €4,600 €6,700

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