Earning a PPL (Private Pilot License) is the first step towards an incredibly rewarding hobby. Learning how to fly an airplane is a challenging endeavor. Taking flight lessons will allow you to relax while having to exert yourself at the same time. It also touches upon many interesting subjects: Geography, Mechanics, Psychology, Radio, Meteorology etc. – All things that will captivate you long after your flight lessons are finished. It is comparable to golf: You never master it fully but can only try to improve a bit each day you try. The first solo flight will give you a huge kick and will eventually lead you to your Private Pilot License.
A Private Pilot License is like a passport that will take you into the air. Once you have it you can still earn a lot of other licenses or ratings, up to the Air Transport Pilot License. In contrast, the LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilot License) or the RPL (Recreational Pilot License) do not allow you to take this path while requiring the same personal and financial commitment.
An EASA-PPL allows to you fly in Europe, the United States, and most other countries. It is therefore a highly valuable document. A PPL basically gives its holder the right to fly any sort of airplane – also big jets, provided that the holder also has an HPA (High Performance Aircraft) certificate and a type rating for the jet or turbo engine in question. There should be no issue of a fee higher than cost sharing, or of acting on behalf of a third party.
Instrument Ratings and/or a Night Qualification are required for flights when visibility is low. All of our flight trainings are of course EASA-approved. You might be wondering what all these abbreviations mean. EASA stands for European Aviation Safety Agency. The EASA controls and organizes civil aviation in most countries belonging to the EU, and even some others, like Turkey and Switzerland. This organization has standardized, among other things, all flight licenses and flight education across Europe. The responsible organs in the Netherlands are the Ministry for the Environment and Infrastructure, the Ministry of Transport, Public Works, and Water Management, and the KIWA register. They are scheduled to become a subcategory of EASA.
Our flight school instructs the students in a pleasant way and without rushing them unnecessarily. With us you are not only student but also client. Our qualified flight instructors have the expertise, patience, and social skills to guide you through a structured curriculum consisting of ground school, briefings, and flight lessons.
Your flight instructor will accompany you through the PPL program at a pace suitable for you. He will also give you tips on how to study best in order to earn your license in the most time and cost-efficient way. Have a look at “Why EFA?” to find more reasons to enroll at Executive Flight.
Private Pilot License (EASA-PPL) Training Overview
- EASA Class 2 Medical
- A minimum of 45 flight hours containing 25 hours of dual instruction, at least ten hours of solo flights with a minimum of five hours of cross-country navigation, and three hours of instrument flights.
- Theory lessons on Tuesday evenings in Meer near Breda
- Nine PPL Theory Exams
- English Language Proficiency Endorsement Certificate – LPE
- R/T licenses are no longer required according to EASA standards. However, other Dutch flight schools still make you go through a course and exam to earn one.
- A solo cross-country flight spanning 150 nautical miles and including landings at two different airports.
- Practical Exam
The duration of your PPL training depends on your availability, budget, and entry-level. Our flight instructors are flexible and will guide you through the program at your own pace. You decide when you want to fly, have a briefing, or attend a theory course. Students who take the “On Campus Crash Course” can earn their PPL within a month, while others who take a lesson each week or every two weeks might take a year.
Most people cannot process more than two or three flight lessons of an hour or an hour and a half plus the accompanying briefings and PPL theory per day. While doing too much at once does not work, it is important to fly at least once every two weeks. Otherwise you will need an entire flight lesson just to get back into the game, making your flight training unnecessarily long and expensive.
We do everything we can to keep the costs for the Private Pilot License as low as possible. The link at the bottom of the page allows you to view a comprehensive and transparent price list.
Possibilities after Completing the PPL
Feel free to contact us with for an intake during which we can discuss the various licenses (PPL, ATPL) and your personal options.
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