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LAPL (A): private pilot license


Blue Sky Aviation GmbH is your flight school in Mönchengladbach to obtain the private pilot license in the regions of Rhineland and Southwestern Ruhr area centrally located in Dusseldorf and Cologne. Here we train you to obtain a private pilot license (non-commercial).

In an individual conversation we give you the option of which EASA license is the right one for your needs.

We train at our EDLN site with modern ECHO Class aircraft fleet. These aircraft are equipped with piston engines and have an MTOW (maximum takeoff weight) of less than 2,000 kg. Training is available 365 days of the year (except Christmas, New Years Eve and New Year’s day from 08:00AM to 8:30PM) Mönchengladbach Airport (ICAO identifier: EDLN) has a 1,200 m long asphalt runway in a controlled zone.

Here the LAPL (A) in the focus. Information on PPL (A) can be found in the area PPL (A). On another page we have direct comparisons of the respective permissions.

The LAPL (A) entitles you to fly single-engine piston aircraft in Europe with a maximum take-off weight of 2,000 kg. You are allowed to take 3 passengers with you. Based on the LAPL (A) license, additional authorizations can be acquired.

These are for example:

  • aerobatics
  • night rating

Also, the later transition - without further theory units and testing - on the PPL (A) is possible.

The passenger authorization may be acquired upon completion of the training. The prerequisite is that the pilot has completed 10 hours of flight time as PIC (Pilot in Command).

The EASA-FCL LAPL (A) is a cheaper alternative to the PPL (A). The time you should spend on a LAPL (A) is between 3 and 9 months. The duration of the training will be individually coordinated with you based on your time. This also includes a vote on the time required for theoretical and practical training, which is parallel and planned so that your knowledge has the same high level.

Requirements for the LAPL (A):

  • Minimum age: 16 years at start of training, 17 years at license acquisition
  • Certificate of airworthiness
  • Successful participation in training in emergency measures at the scene of the accident
  • Training and exam in theory and practice

Theoretical education takes place with clear and structured curricula. We offer these as distance learning (web-based training) or close-to-school (frontal teaching and individual coaching) as part of the respective training plan individually or in combination.

The theoretical training and examination covers the following subject areas:

  • Air Law and ATC procedures
  • Voice communications
  • General Aircraft Knowledge, Flight Performance and Flight Planning
  • aerodynamics
  • navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Human performance
  • Operational procedures, behavior in special cases

The practical training consists of at least 30 hours of flight, of which at least 15 hours are with an instructor, and at least 6 hours of solo flight under supervision, of which at least 3 hours of solo flight with at least one flight over 150 km with a stopover.

Here you will find a rough course of practical training:

  • briefing / introduction aircraft and airfield
  • Training for the first solo flight
  • 3 solo flights
  • Deepening of knowledge and further solo flights
  • Overland flights (at least 150 km) with 1 stopover
  • Exam

LAPL (A) versus PPL (A)

Min. age to start 16
Airworthiness certificate
Min. age to start 16
Airworthiness certificate
Examination intervals::
Every 5yrs to age 40,
Every 2yrs thereafter
Examination intervals::
Every 5yrs to age 40
Every 2yrs thereafter to age 50
Once a year after age 50
Flight Training:
30 Flight hours
15 hours w/flight instructor
Min. 6 hours solo flight
3 hours solo overland flight
45 Flight hours
25 hours w/flight instructor
Min. 10 hours solo flight
5 hours solo overland flight
Single-engine piston aircraft up to 2t
Max. 4 persons on board (3 passengers)
After receiving the license passengers may only be taken after 10 hours of solo flight
Single-engine piston aircraft up to 5,7t
Foreign Countries:
Only valid within EU member states (including Switzerland, Norway)
Worldwide (possibly with conditions) valid and accepted
Night rating
Multi-engine piston aircraft
Turbine-powered aircraft
Instrument flight rating professional
Upgrade from LAPL (A) to PPL (A) possible
Upgrade requires 10 Flight lessons with flight instructor + Test flight (no further theoretical instruction necessary)