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What is the difference between a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and a Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL)?

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A Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL) will similarly allow you to act as pilot-in-command (PIC) on a single-engine aircraft. Differences between the PPL and LAPL:

  • PPL enables you to fly for European registered aircraft around the world; a LAPL limits you to flying in Europe
  • PPL is an ICAO standard licence
  • LAPL was created by EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency)
  • LAPL is valid for life (by flying 12hrs within 24 months with 1hr with an instructor including 12 take-offs and landing and have passed a LAPL(A) proficiency check with an examiner)
  • With a PPL you will have to revalidate your SEP (Single Engine Piston) rating every two years
  • You can only add night rating and aerobatics to a LAPL
  • You can add a range of ratings to a PPL including multi-engine, instrument ratings, night rating and aerobatics
  • You need a Part MED LAPL Medical Certificate to get a LAPL
  • You need a Part MED Class 2 Medical Certificate to get a PPL