RAF Brize Norton Flying Club

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The Private Pilots Licence. The EASA Part FCL Private Pilots Licence entitles the holder to fly a UK registered aircraft of up to 5700kgs almost anywhere in the world under Visual Flight Rules (VFR). As the title suggests, it is for private flights only and the holder of a PPL may not fly for remuneration.


Pre-requisites. The only pre-requisites for training towards the EASA Part FCL PPL is that in order to fly solo the student must be at least 16 years of age and be the holder of a valid Class 2 Medical certificate issued by a CAA Authorised Medical Examiner. It is strongly recommended that the student obtains a Class 2 medical certificate at the earliest opportunity. Failure of the medical examination will result in cessation of training.


Course Requirements. Before a student can be issued with a EASA Part FCL PPL he or she must have accrued a minimum of 45 hours flying as a pilot under training. Of those 45 hours, 25 hours must be dual instruction and 10 hours solo (of which 5 hours must be on cross country exercises). The time flown on the final skills test may be included for the purpose of the 45 hour requirement.


Theoretical Knowledge Examinations. The student must successfully pass multiple choice theoretical knowledge examinations in 9 subjects. These test the students understanding of all essential knowledge required to be a proficient and safe pilot. All questions are multiple-choice. A couple of hours set aside each week are more than ample for a student to pass the exams.


Stage 1

Consists of 5-10 hours in which we teach you to fly the aircraft straight and level, to climb, descend and turn, together with the basic skills to control the speed and rate of climb and descent. You will develop the skills required to complete all the pre-flight checks and be able to taxi, take off and make basic radio calls with confidence. In addition you will learn to look out, perform safety checks as you fly and to generally be at home in your new environment.


Stage 2

The Circuit, basically a rectangular pattern flown around Brize Norton airfield, consists of take off, climb, turn, level off, turn, level flight, turn, descent, approach and landing. By now you will have 15 to 20 hours flying experience and you should be able to fly the Circuit solo. Before you go first solo you will have covered all types of landings and demonstrated your competence to deal with any emergency situation that you could encounter.


Stage 3

After solo we consolidate what you have learned to date and introduce you to Practice Forced Landings, which will enable you to glide to a safe landing, should you lose engine power. This will prepare you for more solo work away from the circuit and enable us to progress to Stage 4.


Stage 4

Is all about Cross-Country Navigation including Radio Navigation - we will teach you to handle the workload of flying, navigating and communicating on the radio (all at the same time!). This stage is probably the most interesting and leads to a solo Qualifying Cross-Country Flight.


Stage 5

Consists of some basic Instrument Flying, which covers the skills you will need to find your way out of cloud safely should you encounter it.


Stage 6

Preparation for your Skill Test. This is the final 2.5 hour long flying test conducted by a Flying Instructor who has an Examiner Rating. It will consist of Navigation and General Handling.




Private Pilots License, the course.