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Gain your private pilots licence (PPL ) at Enstone flying club and school  near Oxford

The JAR (European) Private Pilots Licence is a recreational licence, which entitles the holder to fly almost anywhere in the world, with non-commercial passengers, operating aircraft up to 5700kgs.
Virtually anyone can learn to fly - you only need normal health and eyesight (with or
without glasses) in order to pass the medical requirements (a Class 2 medical is the
minimum requirement).
Most potential pilots start with a trial lesson or air experience flight in one of our training aircraft.
There are no age limits for flying lessons with an instructor, from the age of 14 you can log hours towards your PPL at 16 you can fly solo and hold a full  PPL at 17

Flight Instruction

The PPL (A) Private Pilots Licence (aircraft) syllabus aims to teach the student to fly safely and efficiently under visual flight rules (VFR) and covers the following.
  • Pre flight inspection, weight and balance, weather and en-route considerations
  • Aerodrome procedures, traffic patterns and collision avoidance.
  • Control of aeroplanes by external visual reference
  • Slow flight and stall recovery. High speed flight and spiral dive recovery.
  • Take off and landings. Normal, short field, obstacle clearance take offs.
  • Cross wind and glide approaches.
  • Flight by instruments plus 180 degree level turns
  • Cross country flight using Dead reckoning and radio navigation instruments
  • Emergencies, Engine failure after takeoff, forced landings, engine fires and brake failures.
Click here for Student excercises record sheet

PPL Theoretical Knowledge Instruction

The theoretical knowledge part of the syllabus covers the following:
  • Air law
  • Aircraft general knowledge
  • Flight planning and performance
  • Human performance and limitations
  • Operational procedures and communications
  • Principals of flight
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation.
Examinations in the above subjects require a good deal of self study and a minimum mark of 75% is required for a pass. If a student is unsuccessful then they may retake the same subject (different paper) a total of 3 times. We also offer intensive ground school courses in all of the subjects.

The PPL Skill Test and Examination

The student must satisfy the flying requirements of the course before taking the skill test. It is an EFC policy not to put a student in for the skill test unless there is a high degree of certainty that the student will be successful.

The skill test will be taken in the same aircraft class of type that the student has been trained in.

The skill test must be taken within 6 months of completing the PPL (A) course.

The skill test comprises of 5 sections and will be carried out by a CAA approved examiner, not your regular instructor.

  1. Pre flight operations and departure procedures
  2. General air work
  3. En-route procedures
  4. Approach and landing procedures
  5. Abnormal and emergency procedures.
The student must pass in all sections of the skill test. If only one section is failed then that one section may be taken again. If unsuccessful then the whole skill test must be retaken.
PPL (A) Validity- Revalidation and Renewal
The JAR PPL (A) licence is valid for 5 years

The Single engine (piston) class rating is valid for 24 months

To carry passengers the licence holder must make at least 3 takeoff and landings in the previous 90 days


To obtain a new certificate of revalidation the licence holder must satisfy the following requirements.

1.In the 12 months prior to expiry, the licence holder must have logged 12 hours in single engine piston aircraft (SEP) of which 6 hours must be Pilot in Command (PIC).

The licence holder must also have made 12 takeoff and landings and completed a flight of no less than 1 hour with an instructor which must be signed off in their log book.


2. I f the requirements cannot be met then a proficiency check must be taken with an examiner within the 3 months prior to expiry.


If the certificate of revalidation has lapsed then a licensing proficiency check with an examiner will be required.
“How much will it cost”
the national average for the number of hours taken to attain a PPL(A) is 55 hours, the duration and the cost will come down to how much time and effort you can put into your training. The longer time you leave between lessons will have a direct effect on how long and much it will ultimately cost you.

“Pay as you go” We do not ask for money up front! However there are advantages to paying on account, it will reduce your hourly costs. The total cost will also depend on the aircraft type you select to train in.

“Do I need special skills to learn to fly”
absolutely NOT!!!!

“What can I do with my licence, once I have it”

Use it for pleasure
Lunch in France in an hour! Watch the traffic queues on route to major attractions as you speed past above it it all. Take your friends away, or visit distant ones on a more regular basis.
Use it for business?
Enstone to Aberdeen in less than 2hours hold several productive meetings and be home for tea and medals, try doing that with a commercial operator. Put it all down to expenses and best of all you fly for free!!!!
“After completing my PPL how much will cost to hire an aircraft for a day, weekend or week?”
You may rent the aircraft for the day, weekend or week and will generally be only charged for the actual flight time, however there are some exceptions! There may be a minimum number of flight hours per day, weekend or week requirement.
Flying Training…….The true Costs

Do not be fooled into to thinking that any form of powered flight training can be done “on the cheap” like all things you get what you pay for.

The fact is, the more time you can put in the faster you will complete the necessary requirements, thus allowing you to complete the course in the minimum number of hours( 45hrs as required by the CAA).

If you have any questions please feel free to call us on 01608 678204 or contact us.

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