• Course summary
    Course summary
    • Cost: £19,050 (including accommodation)
    • Location: Sanford, Florida
    • Duration: 15 weeks
    • 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

Due to extremely high demand for our Integrated programmes, applications for our modular training courses are temporarily closed. If you would like to start your training right away, apply for our Integrated ATPL and become a fully qualified pilot in 70 weeks!

Our Integrated ATPL

Earn Your UKCAA or EASA PPL in Florida - Accommodation Included!

Become a private pilot with our PPL training in Sanford, Orlando Florida, consisting of 45 hours in a single-engine aircraft and 5 hours Night Rating. Accommodation is included as part of your PPL training!

Upon successful completion of our PPL flight training, you can take to the skies in a private aircraft, with non-commercial passengers.

Cadets taking the modular route to earn their ATPL need to hold a Private Pilot Licence prior to starting their ATPL Theoretical Knowledge training. 

To continue down the modular route with any training provider, you will need to have achieved 150 hours of flight time. That's why we're offering you the opportunity to combine your PPL and Hours Building training at a discounted rate!

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Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Training Course

Private Pilot Licence Training Footprint

  • 15 weeks Total
    duration
  • 50 hours Flight
    Training
  • 9 modules Ground
    School

PPL flight training - 50 hours:

  • Up to 35 hours of dual flight instruction
  • A minimum of 10 hours of supervised solo flying, including at least five hours of solo cross country with at least one cross country flight of at least 270km that includes full stop landings at two aerodromes different from the departure aerodrome
  • 5 hours Night Rating (one hour is completed solo)

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

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Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Training Course

Private Pilot Licence Course Cost

£19,050 - Including accommodation

 What is included in the PPL course cost?

  • Travel to and accommodation in Sanford, Orlando, Florida
  • Ground exam and flight test fees
  • Licence issue and application fees

 Additional costs to consider:

  • Class 2 Medical
  • Daily transport from accommodation to training location (if applicable)
  • Personal living costs
  • Insurances

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Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Training Course

Accommodation

Sanford Florida: The Lofts at Eden (or similar), Orlando, Florida, U.S.A.

  • Apartments with shared kitchen and lounge. Shuttle service to Academy
  • Walking distance to shops, restaurants and entertainment
  • Fitness centre and swimming pool

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Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Training Course

PPL Flight Training Entry Criteria

To be accepted on our PPL course you must meet the following PPL training requirements entry criteria:

Age and height

  • 17+ to submit an application. 18+ to commence training
  • Height between 5 ft. 2 in. (157 cm) and 6 ft. 3 in. (191 cm). Applicants outside of this may still apply but will need an ergonomic assessment

Language

  • 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 your PPL flight training

Visas

  • If required, obtain / be able to obtain M-1 Student Visa for your PPL flight training in the U.S.A.

Medical

Selection

  • Cut-e testing and competency interview
  • Selection is mandatory and consists of technical and non-technical elements. The technical elements will test skills such as numeracy and aptitude, with the non-technical element in the form of a competency interview

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Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Training Course

Why Train for Your Private Pilot Licence With L3Harris?

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.

Your PPL pilot training takes place at our Sanford, Orlando Academy, meaning training takes place in modern, glass-cockpit aircraft, all of which are part of one of the largest fleets in Florida! Not only that, you'll learn to fly in and out of an international airport environment, as well as being able to earn an FAA PPL alongside your UKCAA/EASA licence.

Should you wish to continue down the Modular ATPL training route, we offer you the opportunity to combine your PPL and Hours Building training at a discounted rate!

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PPL Training Course FAQs

What is a Private Pilot Licence (PPL)?

A Private Pilot Licence also known as a PPL, enables you to fly a single-engine aircraft as the pilot-in-command (PIC) for non-commercial passengers. You can obtain a PPL for personal reasons such as flying as a hobby or to kick start your career in aviation working towards becoming a commercial pilot.

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Do you offer financial advice?

At L3Harris Airline Academy, we are unable to offer financial advice, which is why we are working with the teams from Morrinson Wealth and Parallel Wealth Management to bring you expert financial advice to help you explore the options available to you.

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

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

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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 and single-engine piston aircraft such as Piper Archer PA28.

Training at our Orlando, Florida Academy delivered by industry-renowned instructors providing world-class tuition with thousands of hours combined flying experience.

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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.

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How long will it take to complete my PPL training?

Our Private Pilot Licence (PPL) course lasts for a duration of 15 weeks and during this time you will complete 45 hours of training in a single-engine aircraft and 5 hours of Night Rating training.

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How much does a PPL cost in the UK?

Our PPL course costs £19,050 and includes flight training in Florida and all accommodation!

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CPL vs PPL?

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.

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What medical is required for a PPL?

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 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 training after completing your PPL).

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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.

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What are your funding options for my PPL training?

All of our training programmes are self-funded.

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Can I choose where I do my PPL course?

No, you can not choose where to do your PPL course. Cadets training for their UKCAA or EASA Private Pilot Licence will be based at our flight school in Orlando, Florida.

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.

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What are the Private Pilot Licence requirements?

  • 17+ to submit an application. 18+ to commence training
  • Height between 5 ft. 2 in. (157 cm) and 6 ft. 3 in. (191 cm). Applicants outside of this may still apply but will need an ergonomic assessment
  • 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
  • If required, obtain / be able to obtain M-1 Student Visa for your flight training in the U.S.A.
  • Obtain / be able to obtain a UKCAA or EASA unrestricted Class 2 Medical depending on your chosen route. Read our guide here
  • Cut-e testing and competency interview
  • Selection is mandatory and consists of technical and non-technical elements. The technical elements will test skills such as numeracy and aptitude, with the non-technical element in the form of a competency interview

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