The LAPL was introduced in the UK on 17 September 2012 with the UK implementation of EASA. It will replace the NPPL for flying EASA registered aircraft, and existing NPPL licence holders, who do not wish an EASA PPL licence, must apply to the CAA for the LAPL by 08 April 2015 if they wish to fly non annexe 2 aircraft ie a/c which are EASA registered or permitted. 


The Light Aircraft Pilot Licence is a recreational licence in which you can fly a simple single engine aeroplane up to 2000kgs and with no more than four seats. The syllabus is slightly shorter than for the PPL equivalent and the medical requirements are considerably less.

An applicant for a LAPL shall have completed at least 30 hours flight time as pilot of aeroplanes
Training includes the following:

  • 15 hours of dual flight instruction
  • 6 hours of supervised solo flight time
  • at least 3 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross-country flight of at least 150 km (80 NM), during which a full stop landing at an aerodrome different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made

Other Expenses:

  • LAPL exams – these can be taken at Halton (£25 per exam)
  • Other equipment such as charts, ruler, CRP, protractor, books
  • Landing fees when flying to other airfields
  • Any additional groundschool not covered as part of the training.
  • There are evening classes for radio, navigation and meteorology.
  • Skills Test – an examiners fee (paid directly to the examiner) – as well as the aircraft rates