LAPL Pre-Course Requirements

Are you over 14 years old?

You must be a minimum of 17 years old to obtain your licence (you may start training from the age of 14 and solo at 16), have passed a medical signed by your GP and pass the Air Law exam before flying solo.


Comparable to a HGV medical signed by your GP.

Less stringent than a Class 2 medical (PPL), it’s more comparable to a professional HGV truck drivers medical. The medical certificate can be signed by either your GP or you may choose to use a UK CAA approved Aeromedical Examiner (AME). The local AME for South Wales in Dr Rhodri N W Morgan, you can find your local AME on the CAA – Medical Examiners Database.

Remember you’ll need this before going solo, so it’s best to get this done right away.

Theory Exams…

9 subjects – all multiple-choice.

  • Air Law (to be passed before your first solo)
  • Operational Procedures
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Flight Performance & Planning
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Principles of Flight
  • Human Performance
  • Radio Telephony



19 Exercises over 30 hours

Our experienced instructors will take you through lessons such as Effects of Controls, Approach & Landing, Basic Navigation as well as Skills Test Preparation lesson (mock test).

The course can be broken down as general handling, circuits (landing and take off) and cross country navigation.

Training Structure

Brief, inspection, flight and de-brief.

You’ll never be asked to carry out an manouvere without first being briefed before the flight, and having a demonstration by the instructor whilst in the air.

So long as you can copy the motions and understand why it’s done, you’re on the road to sucess.

Flying Solo

A day you’ll cherish for life.

Taking to the skies on your own for the first time is a moment you’ll cherish, you’ll feel nervous and anxious. But after landing you’ll be flooded with euphoria – Confirmation you can fly a plane.

Our instructors will never send you solo before you’re ready, so enjoy this moment.

After Passing…


Become a member of an elite group.

You will be training for a European Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL) with a single engine piston (SEP) class rating. This entitles you to fly in EASA air space, in an EASA registered aeroplane (maximum of 3 passengers plus the pilot) with a weight of 2000 kg or less.


Europe’s a smaller place now.

Take your family on a holiday in a 2 or 4 seater aircraft, visit the small islands around the UK or stretch out and fly to Europe with friends.

You can attach a Night rating, and an IMC rating to this licence or upgrade to an EASA PPL afterwards. Your 30hrs will be credited toward your EASA PPL.


Only pay from brakes off to brakes on.

Some schools charge ‘Tacho time’ i.e. when the engine in running while others charge from when the aircraft starts moving (taxi etc). This means you’ll be charged for around 10mins before take off and 5mins after landing.

Horizon’s are different – We only charge from brakes off to brakes on. A huge saving over the course of your flight training and self-fly hire after passing.