Training Courses

We offer the following training courses:

EASA Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL/A)
Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL)
Radio Operators
Night Rating
IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions)
Revalidations
Renewals

For the prices of all our training options, please refer to the price list.

 

EASA PPL/A

The course consists of a minimum 45 hours, of which 25 hours are dual and at least 10 hours are solo (of which 5 hours must be cross country).

There are also 9 multiple choice Ground Exams which must be completed, consisting of:-

Aviation Law
Human Performance and Limitations
Meteorology
Communications
Operational Procedures – Aeroplanes
Principles of Flight – Aeroplanes
Flight Performance and Planning – Aeroplanes
Aircraft General Knowledge – Aeroplanes
Navigation and Radio Aids

The pass mark is 75%

In order to fly in the UK, the student will also be required to take a practical communications exam for the Flight Radio Telephony Operators Licence, and before a student is allowed to fly solo, they must pass a CAA Class 2 medical examination with an authorised Aeromedical Examiner (AME). More details are here. There is a fee for this, payable directly to the AME.

At the end of the course, a Flying Skills Test will conducted by an Examiner, not your usual instructor. The test is a consolidation of everything learned during training.

 

Light Aircraft Pilot’s License (LAPL)

The LAPL is valid throughout the European Community, and is the basic requirement for any advanced or commercial licence.

The course consists of a minimum 30 hours, of which 15 hours are dual and at least 6 hours are solo (of which 3 hours must be cross country).

There are also 9 multiple choice ground exams which must be completed consisting of:

Aviation Law
Human Performance and Limitations
Meteorology
Communications
Operational Procedures – Aeroplanes
Principles of Flight – Aeroplanes
Flight Performance and Planning – Aeroplanes
Aircraft General Knowledge – Aeroplanes
Navigation and Radio Aids

In order to fly in the UK, the student will also be required to take a practical communications exam for the Flight Radio Telephony Operators Licence.

Before a student is allowed to fly solo, they must undergo medical examination with either thier GP or an Aeromedical Examiner (AME). For more details, please see the CAA’s notes, here.

At the end of the course, a skills test will conducted by an examiner, not your usual instructor. The test is a consolidation of everything learned during training.

 

Radio Operators Licence

Train for, and pass your Radio Telephony Practical Exam with Harvard Flight Centres. Training is available and charged by the hour. Alternatively take a one day course which includes all the necessary training to pass your practical RT Exam.

 

Night Rating

For a PPL holder to fly as Pilot In Command (PIC) at night, they must hold a valid Night Rating.

The Night Rating itself requires 5 hours night flying, consisting of 3 hours dual instruction (including 1 hour night navigation), 5 takeoffs and landings as PIC.

The first flight is night familiarisation, then the student will fly dual night circuits, simulating possible emergencies, e.g. electrical failure. The student will then fly the 5 takeoffs and full stop landings. Finally the night navigation is conducted. There is no flight or written examination required for the issue.

In order to keep a Night Rating valid the holder must have completed 1 landing at night in the last ninety days.

 

IMC Rating (Instrument Meteorological Conditions)

After completing the PPL course, many people carry on to start IMC and/or Night Ratings. At present, a PPL holder without these ratings may not fly in IMC conditions, or at night. Therefore the addition of these ratings to a private license holder adds a greater degree of flexibility to the pilot.

The holder of a PPL must have 10 hours PIC (after PPL issue) prior to application of an IMC rating, and whilst some people build these hours before beginning the course, it is possible to combine the requirements and IMC course.

The IMC course consists of 15 hours minimum dual training in either the C152 or PA28, followed by a flight test of at least 1.5 hours duration. There is also a multiple choice ground exam to be passed before an IMC rating is issued.

Usually the student will spend about 5 hours flying the aircraft using the basic flight instruments conducting simple manoeuvres first, then building up to more complex manoeuvres and recovery from unusual attitudes on full panel (ALL instruments working) and limited panel (attitude/direction indicator failed).

Once the student is confident in handling the aircraft on instruments, then he/she will progress onto radio navigation using the Visual Omni-range (VOR) & Automatic Direction Finder (ADF) for tracking, and approaches, Instrument Landing System (ILS) approaches and use of the Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) & Transponder.

The IMC rating is currently only valid in the UK and a renewal Flight Test is required every 25 months.

 

Revalidation

Every 24 months, from the date the Flying Skills Test was passed, the pilot must have achieved 12 hours flying in the last 12 months of the 24 month period. This may consist of up to 6 hours dual flying. One of these hours in the last 12 month period must be with an instructor. If you have just completed a new rating, this hour can usually be waivered.

The hour with the instructor has no set format, however, although this is not a test, to make the hour constructive, it is spent going over old skills that may not have been practiced for a while i.e stalls, PFLs (Practice Forced Landing), EFATO (Engine Failure After Take Off), general emergencies, spiral dives, unusual attitudes and a couple of circuits. Remember, this is not a test, but may blow away a few cobwebs and will be good fun!

 

Renewals

If your licence has lapsed, for whatever reason, then you will need a renewal.

If you are within 5 years of it lapsing, you will need enough training to pass a skills test. This skills test is similar to the PPL flying skills test. It will last for about 1.5 hours.

If your licence has lapsed more then 5 years, you will need to do the same as above, plus the seven exams again.

But don’t worry, we’ll get you through it with the minimum of fuss!