Revalidating lapsed ppl

You may add a Night rating to your LAPL, but must undertake some instrument flying training first.

The IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) rating, is an additional rating that can be added to your licence after completing the EASA PPL(A), but not the NPPL or LAPL(A), it can also be added to an existing JAA-PPL(A), or a pre-JAA UK PPL(A).

(European Aviation Safety Agency Private Pilots Licence) The EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) PPL (Private Pilot’s Licence) is a European licence which has replaced the JAA-PPL.

It is internationally recognised and is normally issued with an SEP(L) (Single-Engine Piston (Landplane) class rating and an FRTOL (Flight Radio-Telephony Operator’s Licence).

Once you have passed all the exams within the 18 month/6 sitting window, they are valid for licence issue for 24 months from the final exam pass.

The exams are: Rules and Regulations needed for safe flying Windshear, wake turbulence & some more legal definitions Includes questions on perception, aircrew interaction and how flying affects your body How weather works and the interpretation of forecasts Chart theory, effects of wind & altitude, fuel calculations Take-off and landing distance performance, weights and centre of gravity calculations, chart symbology Technical stuff about airframes, engines, aircraft systems and instruments Aerodynamics, what keeps us in the air and how the controls work Phonetic alphabet, special phraseology There is also an R/T oral test and a final skill test; these again are taken with one of our examiners.

This allows you to fly an aircraft with one piston engine, in reasonable weather, in daytime and to use the aircraft radio to communicate with ATC.

From April 2018 the NPPL will not be acceptable to fly an “EASA aircraft”, such as those at most flying schools, it will still be able to be used for those aircraft with a CAA or LAA “permit to fly”.

Then it’s on to cross-country navigation, where we go and visit at least two other airfields (we normally use Newcastle & Durham Tees-Valley or Blackpool & Liverpool), eventually you then just have some pre-test revision and the skills test to do.

The course includes an appreciation of basic instrument flying and navigation using radio beacons.

You will need an EASA LAPL medical, which can be obtained from either a CAA authorised medical examiner or your GP, alternatively a class 2 aviation medical from a CAA AME is acceptable.

Once you have an LAPL, you must fly 10 hours as PIC before you can carry passengers.

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