How do I get my Pilots Licence?

The First Step

Go for a Trial Flight. This will give you first hand experience flying a plane which will help you decide whether or not you want to take the big step of starting your flight training. Furthermore you will be able to discuss important decisions such as your end goal and budgeting with someone who has been there, done that, and is now doing it - your flight instructor.

The Next Step

Become a member of the Aero Club and book your first lesson. Your instructor can book a regular time slot for you, or you can book as and when suits. To avoid repetition of lessons, we recommend flying on a weekly or fortnightly basis. However we do understand that life is busy and you have the power to pick and choose when to fly.

First Solo

This is your first big milestone in your flying journey! When the instructor hops out of the plane and you fly it by yourself for the first time. Everyone learns at their own pace but if you fly consistently your first solo is achievable within 6 months. 

Advanced Flight Training

After your first solo you will then progress into the next stage of training and working towards your license. You will need a minimum of 50 hours flying, including 15 hours of solo flight time.

The Exams

There are six theory exams to do for the PPL: Flight Radio, Human Factors, Meteorology, Air Law, Aircraft Technical Knowledge and Navigation. Your instructor can help you to prepare for the exams at bargain rates, or you can self study for free. We also run night classes throughout the year you for each of the exams. You can order your study materials through the club and there are sometimes second hand books available. We also have practice exams available which closely resemble the real thing.

There are also some great online courses to help you prepare for your exams. For more information on these, click here.

The Final Step

Once you are ready, and only once you are ready, you will sit your flight test with a flight examiner. The examiner is very experienced and fair. We will not pressure you into any tests, flights or situations which you are not comfortable with or ready for. Our instructors are experts at measuring the abilities of students and you will be well looked after.

You Are Now Licensed!

Now you can hire the plane and fly your friends and family wherever you want to go. You could continue up-skilling and get your Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) so you can get paid to fly, or an Instructor Rating so you can share your knowledge and skills. Our instructors are always keen to help you achieve your goals so never be afraid to ask lots of questions. There is no such thing as a dumb question!

More information can be found here in the CAA's booklet 'How to be a pilot'