Private Pilot Level (PPL)

What you need to know:

  • PPL students can start to log hours towards their licence at the age of 14 and they must be 16 years old before they take their first solo flight.
  • The UK Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) is a comprehensive course that will take a minimum of 45 hours to achieve.
  • You will need to pass a medical test to ensure that you are physically safe to fly. This must be carried out by a specially qualified medical examiner.

Why Tayside Aviation?

For over 50 years we have trained pilots. Our experienced team will lead you through various stages at a pace right for you. Our fleet of 20 light aircraft  and our 20 experienced Flight Instructors will give you the confidence to soar.

The PPL training structure involves a three-stage approach:

1: The Basics

  • The very basics of how the aircraft and controls work.
  • Practicing in the airfield circuit where you will learn how to take off, land the aircraft, become familiar with airfield operations and the use of the radio.
  • When you and your instructor feel that you are ready, then you will aim for your first solo flight.

2: Navigation

  • Includes planning, visual and radio navigation, Air Traffic Control communication, practice diversions, emergency procedures and operations at commercial airports.
  • This will include flights away from the local area and once you are confident you will carry out a solo cross-country flight of 150nm taking in three different airfields.

3: The Test

  • You will get an opportunity to review all your learning so far and go through a “mock” PPL skills test to ensure you are confident and have reached the required standard for the full PPL skill test.
  • During the course of your training towards a PPL you will be required to sit nine exams in the following subjects:
    • Air Law
    • Operational Procedures
    • Human Performance and Limitations
    • General Navigation
    • Principles of Flight
    • Meteorology
    • Flight Planning and Performance
    • Communications
    • Aircraft General Knowledge

PPL with Tayside Aviation, either full-time or part-time, includes our web based ground school system, in partnership with Padpilot.




PPL Summer School

Other useful sites:

Tayside Flying Club 



Tayside Aviation strives to offer a cost effective service to those with a passion for flight.

The full cost of the training is dependent on your current level of experience and the number of hours required to build confidence and ability.

We offer a variety of payment plans for our PPL training. Please contact us to find out the best option for you.

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