UK CAA Private Pilot Licence

Any pilot that you meet will always tell you, their greatest achievement was to gain their Private Pilot Licence.


This will provide you with access to the freedom of the skies to see things from another perspective. As an Internationally recognised licence, some states such as the USA will allow you to gain their licence, with the completion of the relevant paperwork.


The PPL is a minimum of 45 hours. However personal aptitude and consistency will determine the length of time and hours required to be up to standard for test. Whilst the PPL is a structured course, training can be scheduled around work, education and any other commitments that you may have. A more dedicated schedule is ideal, but we understand that life can sometimes get in the way. With this in mind, we are open 7 days a week and we use an online booking system in order to cater for your flexible progression.


Based on flying once a week, you can expect training to take around 18-24 months from start to skills test. On a full time basis, it could be completed in little as 3 months. Please bear in mind however that this is subject to weather, personal progress and other factors.


When you have completed the PPL, we offer a wide range of further courses for you. In the meantime, why not hire one of our aircraft for a weekend and take your family across the Channel?

About the Course


The aim of this course is to train you to the standard necessary for the issue of a PPL(A). This training is conducted in the 4 seat Piper PA-28.


The Private Pilot curriculum will be your first step into the exciting world of aviation. You will learn basic aerodynamics, and principles of flight. The flight training follows the UK CAA syllabus, encompassing 45 hours of flying time, to include pre-flight preparation, ground handling, airport and traffic pattern operations, cross country navigation, short and grass field operations, emergency procedures and post flight procedures.

Pre Entry Requirements

Minimum 14 years old to start training


Be able to obtain a Class 2 Medical prior to first solo (from 16 years of age)


Be 17 by the time of licence issue

Basic Training Syllabus

25 Hours flown Dual (with an instructor)


Minimum of 10 hours solo


A solo ‘Qualifying Cross Country’ flight of at least 150nm, landing at two other airports


Dual Skills Test revision


Licence Skills Test


9 ground exams to be completed before licence issue


Radio Telephony Practical exam to be completed before licence issue

Whats Included

45 Hours


35 Landings


9 Ground Exams (1 attempt)


1 Year Membership


Ground Briefings

Whats Not Included

Fuel surcharges (when levied)


All landing and circuits fees at other aerodromes


CAA and examiner fees


Circuits fees at Biggin Hill


All hours or landings over and above those included with this package


Theory material and flight equipment

Please call us on +44 (0) 1959 540 045 for current prices.

PPL Information Pack

Our students say…

“I have had a superb experience throughout my flight training with Falcon. The instructors are passionate aviators, who are dedicated to your success, and are very friendly. Every aircraft in their fleet are in immaculate condition, and are professionally maintained on a regular basis. The paint schemes and interiors of their aircraft are fresh, and they are a joy to fly. There is a strong sense of community within the flying school, and I have made many friends and contacts.”
Christian D.