Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
The PPL is also the first step toward a commercial pilot’s license.
Holding a private pilot’s license allows you to be the pilot-in-command or co-pilot of an airplane of a class and type in accordance with the license as well as the pilot-in-command of an ultra-light airplane.
- Fly for the fun of it!
- First step in an aviation career. Not looking to make this a career? Maybe the Recreational Pilot Permit is the best choice for you.
- No limit to the number of passengers.
- You can add rating to fly at night, in cloud, multi-engine, or advance airplanes.
- Must be a member of the Smiths Falls Flying Club.
- Must be at least 17 years old at the completion of training. A student pilot may start as young as 14 years old.
- Must hold a Category 3 or Category 1 medical certificate from an aviation medical examiner.
- Minimum of 40 hours of PPL Ground school online (not provided through the SFFC FTU), includes topics on:
- Air exercises, radio operators certificate, air law, meteorology, navigation and general aeronautical knowledge.
- Write a pre-solo examination & radio license examination.
- Write a Private Pilot Licence examination and obtain not less than 60% in each of the four mandatory subject areas:
- Air law
- Aeronautics – general knowledge
- Minimum of 45 hours of training in an aircraft including:
- 17 hours of dual including 3 hours of cross-country and 5 hours of instrument time (a maximum of 3 of the 5 hours may be ground time).
- 12 hours of solo flight time including 5 hours of cross-country with a minimum flight of 150 nautical miles and 2 stops.
- 16 hours of dual or solo build up time may include a maximum of 5 hours in an approved simulator or Flight training device.