In order to comply with new legislation requirements under EASA, a new PPL theoretical examination syllabus is being introduced by the UK CAA and will take effect from 1 September 2013. Full details are available from IN-2013/061 and Standards Document 11 (v12)

The examination subjects are as follows:

  • Air Law
  • Human Performance
  • Meteorology
  • Communications
  • Operational Procedures – Aeroplanes
  • Principles of Flight – Aeroplanes
  • Flight Performance and Planning – Aeroplanes
  • Aircraft General Knowledge – Aeroplanes
  • Navigation – Aeroplanes

There will be maximum of 6 sittings available in order to complete all the required theoretical examinations.

A sitting is defined as a maximum period of 10 consecutive days within which one or more exams can be taken.

In addition to these requirements, all the theoretical exams must be completed within an 18 month period (counted from the end of the calendar month when the applicant first attempted an examination). Once they have been completed within this period, the passes will be valid for 24 months for the purpose of license issue.
Applicants shall only take the examination when recommended by the ATO responsible for their training, once they have completed the appropriate elements of the training course of theoretical knowledge instruction to a satisfactory standard
The recommendation by an ATO shall be valid for 12 months. If the applicant has failed to attempt at least one theoretical knowledge examination paper within this period of validity, the need for further training shall be determined by the ATO, based on the needs of the applicant
A pass in an examination paper will be awarded to an applicant achieving at least 75% of the marks allocated to that paper. There is no penalty marking
If an applicant has failed to pass one of the examination papers within 4 attempts, or has failed to pass all papers within either 6 sittings or 18 months counted from the end of the calendar month when the applicant first attempted an examination, he/she shall re-take the complete set of examination papers
Before re-taking the examinations, the applicant shall undertake further training at an ATO. The extent and scope of the training needed shall be determined by the training organisation, based on the needs of the applicant
Old and new Exam papers?

The majority of exam passes before the transition date on 1 September 2013 will carry over to the new syllabus. There are however some specific arrangements listed below.

As a result of the increase in exams mentioned above, the following arrangements apply:

A pass in the current Aviation Law exam will be valid for both the Air Law and Operational Procedures exams under the new syllabus.

A pass in the current Aircraft General & Principles of Flight will be valid for both theAircraft General Knowledge and Principles of Flight exams under the new syllabus.

Under the new syllabus, the topic areas in Flight Performance & Planning and Navigation have moved between subjects. As a result the following arrangements apply:

In the case of the two subjects Flight Performance & Planning and Navigation, a student will need to pass both subjects prior to 1 September 2013 in order to carry the passes over to the new syllabus. No credit will be given for a pass in one subject only. Students who have not passed both subjects by 1 September 2013 will have to sit both examinations to the new syllabus.