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Private Pilot's Licence

PPL course from Cotswold Airport 

For some people, gaining a PPL is a life long dream. For most, once you’ve experienced the thrill and freedom of flying in a light aircraft, you’re hooked for life. For others it is about the start of a career in aviation. 


Learning to fly at Freedom is made easy. Our instructors have the skill and expertise to help you achieve your ambition and gain your PPL through a structured programme of flying lessons and ground school sessions at one of our two bases, Cotswold Airport or Oaksey Park Airfield.


We aim to provide you with the same instructor throughout your training. You’ll be able to book lessons online, liaise directly with your instructor on the phone and gather useful tips and support from the social community built around the club. You’ll always find someone to help you, whenever and wherever you need it. There is also a very active Facebook Group page where you can keep up to date with training, social events and other pilot’s experiences. 


Towards the end of your training, you’ll do a practice test with a different instructor to highlight which areas need a brush up before your main test. When you’re ready, you’ll do a flying Skill Test with a flight examiner. This is nothing to worry about - if we’ve put you forward for the test – you’re ready.


You must complete a minimum of 45hrs for the PPL issue, of which 10hrs must be solo time.


The Training

The training for the PPL is loosely divided into 3 parts: Aircraft Handling Skills, Navigation and Solo Consolidation.


For the first 10-15 hours you’ll be learning how to actually fly the aircraft. The first lesson will teach you what all the controls do. In subsequent lessons you’ll learn how to use these controls to make the aircraft behave how you need. Finally, you’ll end up going round and round in the circuit practising your landings. When you're ready, you’ll be off for your first solo circuit!


After completing your first solo, you’ll spend a few hours doing some more solo circuits and as well as learning how to leave and re-join the airfield. Your confidence will soar and you’ll be ready to move onto navigation.  During your training you will have constant encouragement and mentoring from your instructor.


When you’ve got all the aircraft handling sorted, it’s time to move onto navigation. Now you can happily fly the aircraft, you’ll need to learn how to navigate to where you want to go. You’ll spend approximately 10-15hrs with your instructor, navigating between airfields, stopping for tea, and moving on. This will help you to practice more airfield joins and circuits at airfields that are new to you.


Once proficient, you’ll do some solo navigation culminating in your ‘solo cross-country navigation exercise.’ This is a requirement of the training, and must consist of a 150nm route, with two airports other than the place of departure.


On your successful return, the next lessons will be brush-up and test preparation ready for your final flying test.



You will require a Class 2 medical for the Private Pilot's Licence. This needs to be completed with an Authorised Medical Examiner (AME), which we can help you with once you begin your flying training. You must have a medical before your first solo.


Flying Equipment

During your flight training you will need to purchase various books, navigation and flying equipment. We will guide you as to where you can purchase these at the best price.


Once you have gained your PPL the sky’s the limit. Next you could aim for a Tailwheel conversion, Instrument Rating or even a Commercial Licence. Your PPL is only the beginning.


PPL/LAPL Renewal/Revalidation


Although your PPL or LAPL is non expiring, your SEP rating needs to be revalidated every 2 years. If you have completed 12 hours of flying (including 12 take offs and landings) in the previous year, the revalidation of your SEP rating is very easy. All that is required is a 1 hour biennial flight with an instructor, which must be signed off in your log book, plus the completion of the usual CAA form SRG1119E for those that hold a PPL (for LAPL holders there is no paperwork requirement). Unusually there is no fee to the CAA to revalidate your SEP.  If you need a biennial flight with an instructor, we can do that at Freedom Aviation as well as helping you with the paperwork to revalidate your SEP rating.


If you have not achieved the required number of hours or your SEP rating has expired you will require refresher training as required with an instructor, followed by a proficiency check with our in house Examiner, Dave Jelly.