Pilot training

We are the only flying school in the UK to have three brand new Sonaca 200 training aircraft.

Our all inclusive learn to fly package for the first 15 hours in this aircraft is £4,500. This includes everything you need to get going, even a headset!

Both the PPL and LAPL have different privileges, as set out in the "compare the licences" table below.

Both of these licences require training both on the ground and in the air. There are nine theory subjects to learn and Blackbushe Aviation conducts ground school on each one in addition to regular free seminars on the subjects. Much of the theory can be conducted under 'supervised self-study' where you read the study manuals and undergo initial and/or brush up training at the club.

The flying training is conducted according to the syllabus set out in the Training Manual and each flight is designed to maximise the pupil's learning while not overwhelming them. It is preceded by a ground briefing detailing exactly what will take place during the ensuing lesson. A post flight debrief will go through any issues arising during the flight. All our students have access to their on line training records.

You can go on to achieve further ratings such as night rating with a LAPL and with a PPL you can also get your IR(R) so you can fly in cloud, a full IR, a multi-engine rating or go on to your commercial licence training.

Our 15 hour packages are the most popular way to learn to fly and the most cost effective. Pay as you go prices start from £249 per hour in our Sonaca S200s. Email or telephone us for more information.

Please follow the links on the right for more details of the licences and ratings or call us at Blackbushe Aviation for a chat with our operations team.

If you are still unsure whether to take the plunge try one of our trial lessons.

Compare the licences

Pre-requisites None None PPL, 250 hours flying and CPL theory
Theory subjects Nine Nine Thirteen (more detailed)
Minimum flying training 45hours 30 hours 25 hours (plus 250 as above)
Valid The World The EU The World
Privileges Visual conditions down to 1500m daytime Visual conditions down to 1500m daytime Visual conditions down to 1500m daytime and night
Additional privileges available Night rating, Instrument rating (IR), CPL and further Night rating IR, Airline Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL)
Additional ratings Multi engine, turbine engine and jet None Unlimited pursuant to obtaining rating
Medical requirements CAA medical class two LAPL medical (less onerous) CAA medical class one

The table above is brief details only. Full details of licencing requirements is set out in CAP 804.

Licences and ratings

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