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The EASA Private Pilots License (PPL)


  • The holder can fly a light aircraft within the the United Kingdom and European Union member states.
  • Allows the holder to fly Visual Flight Rules (VFR) by day.
  • A night rating is available separately.



  • 45 Hours flight training of which 10 hours must be solo flight time.
  • Class 2 Medical and Air law exam must be completed before your first solo flight 
  • Pass 9 multiple choice ground exams.
  • Solo cross country qualifying flight which must be at least 150 nautical miles(nm) landing at two aerodromes different from departure.
  • Pass a license skills test.
  • Minimum age for flight training is 14 years old, for solo flight 16 years old and for license issue 17 years old.


Course structure at Fly Wales

Ground School

This will consist of classroom sessions and self-study to prepare you for each of the 9 multiple choice ground exams.

Flight Training

Minimum 45 hours flight training of which 10 hours must be solo which will include at least 5 hours of solo cross country flight time.

Flight Test

Final examination which will test your general handling of the aircraft and your navigation on which passing you will then be a qualified pilot! 


The course is pay as you fly. There are no upfront costs for the flight training with Fly Wales. 

Please click to see a pdf for prices.

Course Duration

  • The licence can be conducted at your own pace so you can decide when you would like to fly.
  • A fast track course is also available.
  • We have excellent aircraft availability which consists of 3 Cessna 150’s and 3 Cessna 172’s.
  • We normally conduct our flight training in our Cessna 150 but it can be completed in our C172 if required. 
  • The Cessna aircraft are popular training aircraft and has been the back bone for pilot training due to their reliability and all round training capability.  
  • Flying lessons are usually booked in for 1 hour 30 minute slots which will allow time for your instructor to brief and debrief you as well as giving you an hour in the air.
  • Some flying lessons may be longer or shorter depending on the flight exercise.  
  • The flying lessons are weather dependant, but if the weather is bad you could come in to complete some ground school for your multiple choice exams.


What will you cover on your flight training? 

General Handling

  • This will build up your handling of the aircraft and your flying skills this will consist of aircraft familiarization, straight and level, climbing and descending, turning, slow flight and stalling.


  • A circuit is a procedure essential for aircraft when landing, joining and departing from the airfield. In this part of your training you will learn how to take off, land and fly a circuit of the airport.

Solo Flying

  • Before going solo you will need to have passed the air law exam and have passed your medical.

  • When your instructor feels you are ready you will then complete your first solo circuit.

  • As the course moves on you will be required to do further solo flights which will involve flying to different airfields which one will be your qualifying cross country flight.

Advanced Handling

  • This will cover steep turns, emergency drills and instrument flying.


  • Here you will learn how to find your way around the sky and navigate to different airports.

  • You will be taught how to plan, assess the weather and check for any other factors that may affect your flight.

  • Also you will learn how to divert should you need to due to the weather and how to reach your destination safely.

  • You will have to complete some solo navigation flights which one will be you qualifying cross country flight which is normally Haverfordwest to Cardiff and Gloucester and return back to Haverfordwest.


Ground exams:

During your training you will have to complete 9 multiple choice ground exams. You will have to complete 100 hours of ground school which will consist of ground lessons by your instructor and self study by your self.

9 exams consist of:

  • Aviation Law –This must be completed before your first solo.

  • Meteorology

  • Aircraft general Knowledge

  • Operational procedures

  • Flight planning and performance

  • Navigation- This must be completed before your solo qualifying cross country flight.

  • Communications

  • Human performance

  • Principles of flight

You will also need to complete a practical radio exam as part of your licence.

Ground School is provided at a rate of £20 per hour.


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Fly Wales offers you complete flexibility and control over your schedule. You control when and where you would like to fly. You will find that our unrivalled pricing offers outstanding value for money.