The LAPL allows you to act as pilot-in-command of an aircraft for private use. It is an EASA license, therefore allows you to fly in the UK and Europe. Book a flying lesson with us and you will learn to fly with one of our qualified flying instructors. 

As it is an EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) License, it is valid throughout the UK and Europe in visual flying conditions. The course is shorter than the PPL and is an alternative if you can't obtain a Class 2 Aviation Medical.

For a LAPL medical, you will need to fill out a medical history form and undergo a physical examination.

It is recommended that you have a Trial Flying Lesson before committing to a course. You will know straight away whether or not flying is for you. There is a minimum age restriction of 17 at the time of application for the LAPL license, but you may start training at the age of 14.


Conducted at our school based at Retford Gamston Airport. Some parts of the course take you to other airfields to experience the cross-country element of being a pilot.

What will I need?

Initially, you don't need any equipment. Throughout the course you will need to purchase some items such as books, rulers, pens, maps etc. We will advise you on what to purchase as the course progresses. 

How long will it take?

The course can be done at your own pace to suit. Typically it takes between 1- 2 years to complete at a leisurely rate. Flying lessons can be arranged to suit your own pace and schedule.

What are the requirements of the course?

  • Be able to pass a medical examination 

  • A minimum of 30 flying hours (15 hours dual, 6 hours solo, the remaining 9 can be dual or solo)

  • 9 theory exams on various topics (we do offer 1:1 ground school)

  • A solo cross-country flight with a minimum of 80 nm and 2 airfields

  • Pass a flight test with an examiner at the end of the course


Please note that the above are only minimums and you may need a few more hours to complete the course.

How much will it all cost?

The flying element will cost a minimum of £4,650 (£155 per hour)


What can I do on the completion of this course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will be able to act as Pilot-In-Command (PIC) of a single-engine piston (SEP) aircraft. You can train to add a Night Rating to your license, but not an Instrument Rating (Restricted).

You have the option to hire our aircraft or we can help you purchase your own.

Please contact us to book a flying lesson or if you have any questions.