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Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL)

All in price full course cost for the LAPL is £6200 at current prices. Further information below.

The Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL) is a cost effective way to learn to fly and is valid anywhere in the UK. It allows you to fly any single engined piston aircraft up to 2000kg with a maximum of 3 passengers. With additional training it also allows you to fly at night and perform aerobatics.

The LAPL training requires a minimum of 30 hours flying time including 6 hours solo, ending with a skills test with an examiner where you will need to prove your general handling and navigation skills.

- Minimum 30 hours flight training

- Minimum 6 hours solo of which,

- 3 hours must be cross-country including,

One cross-country of at least 80 nautical miles and landing at one other airfield.

There are 9 written examinations to complete and include:

- Air law

- Human Performance

- Meteorology

- Navigation

- Flight Performance and Planning

- Aircraft General

- Principles of Flight

- Communications

- Operational Procedures

Typically you will be booked training sessions in 2 hours blocks, for which you will fly for approximately one hour. You only pay for the time spent in the aircraft, your pre and post-flight briefings with your instructor are free. You can fly as often as you like but we recommend that you should aim to fly at least once a week.

The training is undertaken in our Cessna 150’s which is the worlds most produced two seat civilian aircraft and is an ideal training aircraft.


The full course cost for the LAPL is ‘pay as you go’ but equates to £6305.00 at current prices.

- 30 hours aircraft hire (30*160 pounds per hour) £4800.00

- 30 hours flying instructor (30*45 pounds per hour) £1050.00

- 9 written exams (9*45 pounds each) £405.00

- 12 months membership £50.00

Please note there are no additional charges for landing fees or touch and go fees as part of this course.

Prices quoted do not include any additional flying hours or exam resits if required. Neither do they cover any costs for any books, maps, headset, aviator sunglasses, medical etc.

Practical examinations are not covered and the cost for those is as follow follows

Radio Telephony Licence.

The LAPL can be issued without an RT Licence but it is highly recommended to obtain one. York Flying School run monthly two day RT practical courses and this is 300 pounds including test.

Skills test:

Following completion of the LAPL course a flight test covering all skills gained during training, including navigation and general handling has to be passed. The cost for this skill test is 390 pounds.

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