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Private licence cost in the UK

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If you dream of learning how to become a private pilot and fly a plane, you may be wondering ‘how much does a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) cost?’. If this is the case, let us walk you through what a PPL is and what our PPL licence cost is.

It’s understandable that one of the first things any budding pilot considers is the cost to obtain a Private Pilot Licence. After all, it’s not just the PPL fees you must consider, but also additional costs, such as:

  • Accommodation (if required)
  • Instructor training equipment
  • Selection fee: Currently free of charge
  • English language (IELTS) test (if applicable)
  • Class 1 Medical
  • CAA Instructor Test and licence Application Fees
  • Daily transport cost from accommodation to training location (if applicable)
  • Food and personal living
  • Personal travel
  • Insurances

If you plan on completing your PPL training whilst working, you might be required to take time off to complete your training.

At L3Harris Airline Academy you can get your PPL in less than 3 months and our experienced instructors will teach you all of the necessary skills to fly a private aircraft with non-commercial passengers.

Our PPL course

What is a PPL?

A Private Pilot Licence is a minimum licence you will need to fly a plane solo. It allows you to control a non-commercial private aircraft and can either be the best way of taking up flying as a hobby or taking the first step to starting your career as a commercial pilot.

A PPL training course will include ground school and PPL instructor training.

At ground school, you will complete 9 PPL theoretical subjects with exams including topics such as air law, operational procedures and communications. This part of your training will ensure that you understand the knowledge needed to fly safely.

The instructor training part of your PPL then includes 45 hours in a single-engine aircraft with 5 hours of dual instructor instruction, 5 hours of supervised solo flying and 5 hours of solo cross country with at least 1 cross country instructor of at least 270km.

Our PPL course

What are the requirements of a PPL?

Whilst you need little or no experience of flying to apply for your PPL, there are certain requirements for beginning our PPL training course.

First of all, you must be at least 17 years old to submit an application and be 18 years old and deemed medically fit enough to start your PPL course. You will need to demonstrate your fitness through an EASA Class 1 Medical (without restrictions), or a UKCAA Class 1 Medical (without restrictions).

Secondly, in order to begin our PPL course, you must have the unrestricted right to live, study and work in the UK, or meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI) requirements to qualify for a Study visa.

You will also need to possess a sound basic knowledge of Maths, be competent in the use of the English language and produce a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate before training can commence.

If you’re a non-native English speaker, you will be required to achieve at least 5.5 in all sections of the International English Language Training System (IELTS).

Then the fun begins - the course itself! You will complete 45-hours in Single-Engine aircraft (29.5-hours dual & 15.5-hours solo) and pass your PPL Theory and Licensing Skills Tests.

Our PPL course

How much does it cost to get a Private Pilot Licence?

Details on our PPL cost can be found on our course page here. The price includes all the training needed to get your licence, as well as airport fees, air travel to allocated training locations, return transfer to and from airport to training location, licence issue, uniform (except instructor bag) and your PPL theory training and air law exam.

The cost of your PPL training also includes access to our state of the art technology, highly experienced instructors and 5 hours of Night Rating training to ensure you have the capabilities to fly at night, exercising Visual Flight Rules (VFR).

PPL cadets will get to train on the very latest training systems such as our single-engine piston aircraft.

As previously mentioned, there may be additional fees to consider that aren’t included in the PPL cost. This could include the cost of accommodation (if required), Class 1 Medical, CAA Instructor Test and licence application fees, food and personal living and insurance.

Whilst we cannot offer any pilot training financial advice, we would suggest future cadets speak with family as a way of securing funding for the cost of your PPL. Alternatively, you could research finance specialists. We have more information on airline pilot training funding here.

Our PPL course

How long will it take to pass my PPL?

The L3Harris Airline Academy PPL training course takes approximately 10 weeks (subject to scheduling).

If PPL students discover a real passion for flying and want to take it one step further, they can apply to enrol on our Modular ATPL programme or Integrated ATPL programme and learn to become a commercial pilot.

Modular ATPL is a great option for those who want the flexibility to stagger pilot training around other commitments and only pay when they train.

Our Integrated ATPL Programme is the most direct route to becoming a pilot; upon graduation from the course, cadets will obtain their ATPL theoretical knowledge training, Commercial Pilot licence with Instrument Rating (CPL/IR/MEP), Multi-Crew Cooperation (MCC) certificate and Upset Prevention & Recovery Training (UPRT). Combined these items are known as a ‘frozen ATPL’.

Our PPL course

Why would you complete your PPL training with L3Harris Airline Academy?

If you choose to train for your PPL at the L3Harris Airline Academy, then you can rest assured that you will gain all of the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to pilot a plane for leisure reasons.

Not only do cadets have access to cutting-edge training facilities such as the 1800m runway with digital ATC tower at Cranfield, simulators and training aircraft, but they also benefit from our modern training fleet .

Also, our PPL with Night Rating is a perfect springboard for cadets to obtain their ATPL and go on to fly for the major UK and European Airlines, and our Flight Instructors have thousands of hours combined flying experience. They will each challenge and motivate you to become the best pilot you can be!


Start your journey to becoming a pilot today

A PPL allows you to take control of a private aircraft and enjoy flying as a hobby but is also the perfect springboard to a career as a commercial pilot.

So if you want to become a pilot, look no further than L3Harris Airline Academy. With us, you don’t just obtain your PPL you also gain a plethora of knowledge, experience state-of-the-art training facilities and aircraft, build up 45-hours total in Single-Engine aircraft, and Night Rating - so you can also take to the skies solo.

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