LAPL Course

Light Aircraft Pilot Licence Course (LAPL)

Learning to fly is a dream that many people have from a young age, with Azure Flight Training Centre we can help make that dream become a reality. Gaining your Light Aircraft Pilot Licences will be one of the most rewarding activates you will ever undertake. It not only requires finances for the training but also dedication, hard work and a serious commitment to be able to pass all 9 theory exams and two practical tests.

We make sure that all our students receive the maximum level of support and tuition from our instructors. We train from two airports in the UK, one at Cranfield and the other at Elstree with access to seven aircraft.

The LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilot Licence) for aeroplanes is suitable for those who just want to fly in the UK, more so as a hobbyist and for pleasure. It has more restrictive measures to a PPL but the requirements to gain a LAPL are similar to a PPL.

The CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) Private Pilots Licence requires a minimum of 30 hours flight training. This consists of a minimum of 15 hours dual instruction, minimum 6 hours supervised solo flying, 3 hours of solo cross country of which one must consist of 80 nm with a full stop landing at an airport different from the deaparture airport.

LAPL Study Books

LAPL Exams

  • Air Law (CBE)
  • Human Performance (CBE)
  • Meteorology (CBE)
  • Communications (CBE)
  • Principles of Flight (CBE)
  • Flight Performance and Planning (CBE)
  • Aircraft General (CBE)
  • Navigation (CBE)
  • Radio Telephony Licence (Practical Test)
  • Flight Skills Test (Practical Test)

There are nine theory computer based exams (CBE) which you will need to study and pass in addition to two practical tests, these are:

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    Examination Assessment

    Before taking the skills test, the ground examinations must be completed along with the practical RT (Radio Telephony) exam. You must get a minimum of 75% on each exam subject to achieve a pass.

    Aviation Law

    This exam consists of 16 multiple choice questions to be answered in 35 minutes.

    Aircraft General

    This exam consists of 16 multiple choice questions to be answered in 35 minutes.

    Human Performance

    This exam consists of 12 multiple choice questions to be answered in 25 minutes.


    This exam consists of 12 multiple choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes.


    This exam consists of 12 multiple choice questions to be answered in 20 minutes.

    Flight Performance

    This exam consists of 12 multiple choice questions to be answered in 45 minutes.

    Principles of Flight

    This exam consists of 12 multiple choice questions to be answered in 35 minutes.

    Operational Procedures

    This exam consists of 12 multiple choice questions to be answered in 30 minutes.


    This exam consists of 16 multiple choice questions to be answered in 50 minutes.

    Course Entry Requirements

    The following requirements must be met at commencement of training

    • Valid CAA Class 1 or 2 medical
    • Be at least 14 years old
    • Be at least 16 years old for solo flights
    • Be 17 years old for licence issue

    Pre-Test Requirements

    The following requirements must be met before being put forward for skills test

    • Completed at least 30 hours flight instruction
    • Completed Solo Cross Country 80 NMs
    • Be 17 years old
    • Passed all Theory Exams
    • Passed R/T Practical Test

    LAPL Skills Test

    General Information

    A LAPL (Light aircraft Pilots Licence) does not expire unless it has been provisionally suspended, revoked, or surrendered by the holder to the CAA. The LAPL course is similar a PPL but comes with a range of restrictions to a Private Pilot Licence.

    • The LAPL is not recognised outside the UK
    • You can carry no more than 3 passengers
    • Your limited to fly aircraft under 2000kgs only.
    • Does not fully comply with ICAO Standards
    • Does not contain aircraft types or class ratings
    • Does not have SEP Land rating expiry dates

    Course Requirements (Minimum's)

    You will need to fly at least 30 hours of intructional flights on our aircraft, which must include the following:

    • Minimum 15 hours duel flight instruction
    • Minimum 6 hours of supervised solo flight time
    • Minimum 3 hours solo cross county
    • 1 solo cross country flight of at least 80 NM with one full stop landing at an aerodrome different to the departure.

    Medical Permit

    You must obtain an appropriate medical certificate at least before your first solo, but we strongly recommend getting a medical before commencement of your training.

    You must study the following theoretical subjets and pass a test with at least 75%:

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

    Before Skills Test

    Before being put forward for your skills test by the Head of Training, you will need to have completed the following:

    • You must have achieved at least 75% of the marks allocated to each of the required examination papers and importantly passed them all within 18 months from end of the calendar month of your first exam.
    • Completed all flight training
    • Completed RT Test
    • Have a valid medical

    LAPL(A) Skill Test (FCL.125 LAPL)

    Before you take the skill test, you must have passed the required theoretical knowledge examinations.

    The theoretical knowledge instruction shall always have been completed before the skill tests are taken.

    We will then recommend you for the skills test by our Head of Training once the training is completed. At which point your training records will be made available to the examiner. The LAPL(A) skill test schedule is given below

    Note: Use of checklist, airmanship, control of aeroplane by external visual reference, anti/de-icing procedures, etc. apply in all section tabs

    Pre-Flight Operations and Departure

    • Pre-flight documentation, NOTAM and weather briefing
    • Mass and balance and performance calculation
    • Aeroplane or TMG inspection and servicing
    • Engine starting and after starting procedures
    • Taxiing and aerodrome procedures, pre-take-off procedures
    • Take-off and after take-off checks
    • Aerodrome departure procedures
    • ATC compliance and R/T procedures

    General Airwork

    • ATC liaison: compliance
    • Straight and level flight, with speed changes
    • Climbing:
      • (i) best rate of climb
      • (ii) climbing turns
      • (iii) levelling off
    • Medium (30° bank) turns, lookout procedures and collision avoidance
    • Steep (45° bank) turns
    • Flight at critically low air speed with and without flaps
    • Stalling:
      • (i) clean stall and recover with power
      • (ii) approach to stall descending turn with bank angle 20°, approach configuration
      • (iii) approach to stall in landing configuration
    • Descending:
      • (i) with and without power
      • (ii) descending turns (steep gliding turns)
      • (iii) levelling off

    En-Route Procedures

    • Flight plan, dead reckoning and map reading
    • Maintenance of altitude, heading and speed
    • Orientation, airspace structure, timing and revision of ETAs and log keeping
    • Diversion to alternate aerodrome (planning and implementation)
    • Flight management (checks, fuel systems and carburettor icing, etc)
    • ATC liaison: compliance

    Approach and Landing Procedures

    • Aerodrome arrival procedures
    • Collision avoidance (lookout procedures)
    • Precision landing (short field landing), crosswind, if suitable conditions available
    • Flapless landing (if applicable)
    • Approach to landing with idle power
    • Touch and go
    • Go-around from low height
    • ATC liaison: compliance
    • Actions after flight

    Abnormal and Emergency Procedures

    This section may be combined with sections 1 through 4. These items (*) may be combined at the discretion of the FE

    • Simulated engine failure after take-off
    • Simulated forced landing
    • Simulated precautionary landing
    • Simulated emergencies
    • Oral questions

    Our Aircraft to Teach LAPL

    G-ATHR Piper PA28 Cherokee 180

    Piper PA28 Cherokee 180

    G-BTNT Piper PA28 Warrior 160

    Piper PA28 Warrior 160

    G-CLLR Piper PA28 Warrior 140

    Piper PA28 Warrior 140

    G-GZDO Cessna 172N Skyhawk

    Cessna 172N Skyhawk


    Cessna F152 C152

    G-AWFJ Piper PA28R 180 Arrow

    Piper PA28R 180 Arrow

    No, the light aircraft pilots licence is only valid in the UK FIR’s

    Yes, it is very easy to upgrade to a full Private Pilots Licence, take a look at our LAPL to PPL course.

    It is up to you what order you take the exams, but you will need to pass the Air Law exam before going solo and Navigation exam before going solo Nav.

    You will take your exams either at Cranfield or Elstree at one of our Training Centres.