• Course summary
    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
  • Graduation qualifications
    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)
  • Supporting downloads

Pilot training courses

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.

Train for your PPL

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).

How long does the course take?

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Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Training Course

PPL training course footprint

  • 10 weeks Total
  • 45 hours Flight
  • 9 modules Ground

All training taking place at Cranfield (UK) or Ponte de Sor (Portugal)




Flight training

45hrs flying training (5hrs of which may be completed in an approved flight simulator (an FSTD - flight simulation training device):


  • 5hrs of dual flight instruction
  • 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)

Night Rating

Night Rating (4-hours dual and 1-hour solo)

5 hours (subject to scheduling)

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

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Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Training Course

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 and at least 18 to commence training.


Minimum height 5 ft. 2 in. (157 cm), maximum height 6 ft. 3 in. (191 cm). Applicants who fall outside of this may still apply but will need an ergonomic assessment in our training aircraft and simulators.


Fluent in English (spoken and written).


Non-native English speakers must achieve level 5.5 individual and overall in IELTS or equivalent ICAO level 4 prior to start of training.


We offer an English Language Proficiency course for international students:


  • Cost: €500
  • Duration: 2 weeks (10 days)
  • Location: Remote study (students can join the classes remotely via Zoom)
  • Content: 5 hours tuition per day to improve your English for aviation skills. The price includes initial and final assessment. If the cadet achieves the required standard at the end of the course they will be invited to start their ATPL training


Hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) in different subjects at grade C/4 or above, which must include Mathematics, Science and English Language.




Be able to demonstrate that you have successfully completed secondary or high school education (or equivalent).


Be able to obtain:


UKCAA Class 2 Medical if you are training for a UKCAA ATPL licence

(You must be able to obtain a Class 1 Medical without restrictions to continue with modular training after completing your PPL).




EASA Class 2 Medical if you are training for an EASA ATPL licence

(You must be able to obtain a Class 1 Medical without restrictions to continue with modular training after completing your PPL).


Studying in Europe:


Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the European Economic Area (EEA)/Switzerland (e.g. EEA/Swiss national, UK national with EU settled or pre-settled status, etc).




Meet the European Union requirements to qualify for an EU Student or Study visa.


Studying in the UK:


Unrestricted right to live, study and work in the UK (e.g. UK national, EU national with settled or pre-settled status, etc).




Meet the United Kingdom Visa & Immigration Service (UKVI) requirements to qualify for a Visitor (study for six months or less) or Student visa (study for more than six months).

Background checks

Produce a criminal record check (CRC) basic disclosure certificate before training can commence.

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Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Training Course

Selection process onto the PPL training course


1. 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 an interview.


2. Application screening

Your application will be screened by our selection team who will contact you if you pass our screening.


3. 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.

How much does it cost?

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Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Training Course

PPL course costs

Cost of PPL: £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
Pilot training costs and how to fund it

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.

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PPL training course FAQs

What aircraft will I train on during PPL training?

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.

1800m runway with 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?

A PPL costs £13,000 (inc VAT). This cost includes 45hrs of flying time in a single-engine aircraft and 5hrs of Night Rating.

More information on Private Pilot Licence costs.


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 UKCAA Class 1 Medical without restrictions for UKCAA Licence.

How long does a PPL last in the UK?

Your PPL is valid for lifetime, however there are rating renewals required to keep it valid.

What are your funding options for my PPL training?

All of our training programmes 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?

No, you can not choose where to do your 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.

Ready to start your application?

Take your first step towards becoming a private pilot and start your application - you don't need to complete it in one attempt. Good luck and we look forward to welcoming you to one of our selection events!

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