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JAA Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

Regaling you with all the fascinating details of this, the first step in your aviator training

So you've decided you want to become a pilot - but how do you do this? Well, you could rock up to an airport, steal an aeroplane and cross the american border while being followed by two fighter jets then land on a highway and try and run away. Alternatively, you can do it the old fashioned way (as described below), although this isn't nearly as exciting for anybody involved.

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Briefest of overviews

The aim of the PPL course is to give somebody who knows nothing of aviation, the skills and knowledge to operate safely and competently on their own in the air, in VMC and during the day. This requires both practical flying skills (yay!) and theoretical knowledge (not so yay).

The exciting practical flying part of this learning extravaganza is usually conducted in a small, single engine aircraft, most commonly something along the lines of a Cessna 150 or a Piper Cherokee. These aircraft are worked hard and can appear quite 'well-used' (especially in these time of recession), but they do their job reasonably well most of the time. You will learn how to fly the aircraft in both normal and abnormal conditions, and when you are ready to take it, there will be a practical flight test with an examiner.

Well used Cessna

Ground based excitement is limited to seven written exams with a pass mark of 75%, which the CAA has thoughtfully made multiple choice, so even a monkey can get a quarter. There is also a practical radio telephony test to do with an examiner.

Cost wise, you are probably looking at around about £6000, depending on where you go. There are also loads of schools around the country you can go to - and profpilot has made it easy for you to find the right one with our interactive flight school directory! You could even go abroad to do it if you want. Isn't life difficult?

Sadly, you cannot earn the monies with a PPL. For that, you will need to pass a load more theory exams, and then get a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL).

Right, that's a brief overview done. But you don't even know what you need yet. I suppose I can help with that.