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Private Pilot Licence (Aeroplane) Syllabus

Here is a typical syllabus that can lead to the PPL(A) qualification.


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The aim of the PPL(A) course is to train the student pilot to fly safely and efficiently under Visual Flight Rules.


  • Air Law
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of Flight and Communication


  • Pre-flight operations, including mass and balance determination, aeroplane inspection and servicing
  • Aerodrome and traffic pattern operations, collision avoidance precautions and procedures
  • Control of the aeroplane by external visual reference
  • Flight at critically slow airspeeds, recognition of, and recovery from, incipient and full stalls
  • Flight at critically high airspeeds, recognition of, and recovery from, spiral dives
  • Normal and crosswind take-offs and landings
  • Maximum performance (short field and obstacle clearance) take-offs, short-field landings
  • Flight by reference solely to instruments, including the completion of a level 180 degrees turn (this training may be conducted by a FI(A))
  • Cross-country flying using visual reference, dead reckoning and radio navigation aids
  • Emergency operations, including simulated aeroplane equipment malfunctions
  • Operations to, from and transiting controlled aerodromes, compliance with air traffic services procedures, communication procedures and phraseology

For full details see: JAA JAR FCL 1.125.


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