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What Jobs Can You Get With a Private Pilot Licence?

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A Private Pilot Licence allows you to fly aircraft, with or without passengers on board.

It offers you the fantastic opportunity to enter the world of aviation, whether you want to begin flying as a hobby, continue your education, build a career on it and land a pilot job in the UK.

With a PPL, you can theoretically fly any distance in a variety of aircraft. However, you cannot accept or receive compensation for flying. 

To start your journey to obtaining your PPL, explore our Private Pilot Licence training course

Alternatively, If you want to become a pilot and work for an airline, we recommend you get a commercial pilot licence through our Integrated ATPL course.

Pilot Career Paths

As a holder of a Private Pilot Licence, there are still plenty of opportunities open to you. We’ve listed some of the best aviation careers below.

Become a Flight Instructor

If you like helping and teaching students, a great way to pass on your knowledge and skills is to become an instructor. Whilst a Private Pilot Licence is not required to become a ground instructor, your skills can make you a better candidate for teaching and help to prepare cadets for their own examinations in order to obtain their PPL.

Join a charity

Do you want to use your flying skills to help a cause? Being part of a charity can be a great way to bring huge value to causes. In an emergency, seconds can save a life and air travel can be crucial to emergencies. 

Joining a charity doesn’t necessarily mean that you are always working in an emergency. It could be something like providing aerial support to communities or volunteers who need them. Based on the activity, pilots may require a:

  • PPL Medical Certificate
  • 250 hours of flight time
  • Instrument Rating
  • Access or ownership of a suitable aircraft

Lending your skills once you have obtained a Private Pilot Licence could be a great way to use your love of flying to help those in need!

Become a Sales Person

Have you ever thought about combining your passion for flying with a career in sales? As a holder of a Private Pilot Licence (PPL), you can take a potential buyer on board an aircraft to demonstrate the capabilities of the aircraft during a test flight. 

A private pilot with more than 200 logged hours is able to fly with passengers for the sake of demonstrating it in order to sell. In this case, you can be indirectly compensated as holder of a PPL, as the compensation relates to the sale of the aircraft and not to the flight itself.

If you think you’re good at being persuasive, are a people person, and can show the aircraft’s condition, a salesperson might be the job for you!

Get in touch and start your pilot career path today!

Are you interested in starting your pilot training journey at L3Harris Airline Academy? Whether you want to learn more about the Private Pilot Licence, or what types of jobs you can go to with you

L3Harris has a wealth of experience and will be happy to assist you with this decision. We have also put together a range of information on cost and funding as well as pilot career path opportunities. For more information check out our courses on becoming a pilot or get in touch.

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