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PPL (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. Training is available every day of the year (except Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year's day from 8:00AM to 8:30PM.) EDLN Airport has a 1,200 m long asphalt runway in a controlled zone. The following information is mainly specified on the PPL (A) license. The information about the LAPL (A) can be found in the section LAPL (A) The EASA FCL is also ICAO compliant. In principle, the PPL (A) authorizes you to fly single-engine piston aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of 5,700 kg.

Based on the PPL (A) license, additional authorizations can be acquired.

These are for example:

  • Aerobatics
  • Night rating
  • MEP - Multi Engine Piston Rating
  • Authorization for towing gliders
  • Catch or banner towing permission
  • Instructor
  • Instrument rating (IFR)

The PPL (A) also gives you the right to charter an aircraft outside the EU, for example in the USA or in other destinations. The time it takes for a PPL (A) is between 4 and 12 months. The duration of the training will be individually coordinated with you based on your available time options. This also includes a vote on the time required for theoretical and practical training. The two areas are overlapped in parallel and planned so that your progress is leveled out.

Requirements for the PPL (A)

  • Minimum age: 16 years at start of training, 17 years at license acquisition

  • Medical 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 carry out the lessons on a distance-learning basis (web-based training) or close-to-school (frontal 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 45 flight hours, including at least 25 hours with instructor and at least 10 hours of solo flight under supervision, including at least 5 hours of solo flight with at least one flight over 150 NM with two stopovers.

Here you will find a rough course of practical training:

  • Briefing and introduction on the aircraft and the airfield
  • Training flights with the goal of the first solo flight
  • 3 solo flights
  • Deepening of knowledge and further solo flights
  • Overland flights (at least 150 NM) with 2 stopovers
  • Exam

PPL (A) versus LAPL (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 to age 50
Once a year after age 50
Examination intervals::
Every 5yrs to age 40,
Every 2yrs thereafter
Flight Training:
45 Flight hours
25 hours w/flight instructor
Min. 10 hours solo flight
5 hours solo overland flight
30 Flight hours
15 hours w/flight instructor
Min. 6 hours solo flight
3 hours solo overland flight
Single-engine piston aircraft up to 5,7t
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
Foreign Countries:
Worldwide (possibly with conditions) valid and accepted
Only valid within EU member states (including Switzerland, Norway)
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)