European Private Pilot Licence, PPL

Believe it or not, the European Pilot Licence is being recognized in Europe and world wide, thanks to the new EU FCL regulations. Whether you are holding a UK-issued or any other European PPL, you may pilot any aircraft with European JAA-registration world wide. Here as pilots we can say that Europe really brings with it some benefits we can take advantage from!

If you acquire the Austrian or the German version of the EU-FCL PPL , it may be converted later to the English or eg. a scandinavian version and/or be upgraded with any rating or other privileges you might add on to it. Therefore, with the European PPL, you will enjoy almost universal flexibility. With an American FAA licence, this would need converting if you want to use it in Europe and would require additional skill tests and check rides, and, above all, 100 hrs of actual flight time on the FAA licence !

Additionally, the medical which you have to pass as a prerequisite before beginning the training is recognized by all European countries. So, you may pass the English medical, let’s say in Birmingham, and go flying in Spain /Barcelona !

Now, we, at pilot training Europe, are converting these new European privileges into a training concept which allows us to offer private pilot training for the European private pilot licence at 6 different locations throughout Europe. So, for example you may pass your theoretical in Wien / Austria and do the flight training in sunny Spain (Jerez, in the south of Spain (LEJR)) and also bring your family for a vacation. Also, you may go to Barcelona or Linz/Austria (LOWL) with your English PPL and upgrade it for the multi-engine or the instrument rating. Those examples give you an idea of the flexibility a flight school can offer in its services at different locations in Europe. By the way, we also happily welcome students from Scandinavian countries!!

What else would you consider before you sign up for the private pilot training?

Well, you would probably ask yourself whether your PPL is meant to be the first step towards the commercial licence or whether flying, for you, will remain a private enjoyment, whether it be taking your family on vacation or combining flying with a language course.

Another consideration relates to the speed of the private pilot training:

Do you plan to do an accelerated training in a country with good weather therefore spending less time than in rainy England or alternatively train in the rather dark autumn of Scandinavian countries?

Whatever your considerations may be, there are many more options than we can describe here, so we would just ask you to contact us, so we can talk it over.

Training – contents

In order for your European private pilot licence to be issued

  • you must be over 17 years old,
  • hold a medical class 2 or 1
  • and you must have passed the theoretical exam and the flying skill test

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