Fixed Wing Flight School

Fixed Wing PPL(A)

VVB Aviation Helicopter CPL

TrainingGaining your Fixed Wing Private Pilots Licence PPL(A) is a fantastic achievement and although at times challenging, a rewarding experience that will allow you the freedom to take to the skies.

PA28 Cherokee - Landed The PPL(A) is the foundation for all your future flying, whether that be for purely recreational, private ownership or commercial purposes. It is the basic qualification that all fixed-wing aircraft pilots achieve first and it opens up the world of fixed-wing aircraft flying to you. The PPL(A) is a qualification recognised in most countries throughout the world (usually with some paperwork formalities).

As a PPL(A) holder the sky really is the limit!

Training begins ensuring you can safely perform all the basic flight manoeuvres and procedures. You will learn and practice take offs, landings, circuits, and radio work whilst building your confidence to your first solo. Between solo flights you will fly with your instructor who will introduce you to the advanced manoeuvres and the principles of cross-country navigation. In the final stages your instructor assists in refining your skills in preparation for the practical examination.

There is no maximum age, but you must be 14 before any flying experience can count towards obtaining a licence, 16 before going solo and 17 before you can apply for your licence.

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Requirements & Course Duration

  • A minimum of 45 hours of flying training must be completed. Most students will complete their training in approximately 50 hours.
  • At least 10 hours must be flown solo and 2 hours instrument flying.

  • Written Examination & Subjects

  • There are seven written ground examinations with multiple choice answers, and one radio practical exam. These can be passed easily with self-study and assistance from the flying instructor. The subjects are:

  • Aviation Law
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Human Performance
  • Radio-Telephony
  • Aeroplane Technical
  • Flight Performance & Planning

  • You must pass Aviation Law before flying solo and Navigation and Meteorology before the qualifying solo cross-country flight. We therefore recommend you study for the ground exams in conjunction with your flying training. Extra ground school on any subject is available from our instructors; this must be booked and paid for in addition to your PPL course. Please ask for more details.

  • Practical Examination

  • The Skill Test - On completion of your flying you will take a Skill Test at VVB Aviation. Your flying at this stage will be to a standard to enable you to demonstrate to the Examiner that you can fly safely and competently. The Skill Test consists of flying the manoeuvres and demonstrating the techniques that you have learnt throughout the PPL(A) course.
  • Our aircraft are IFR certified, enabling us to offer advanced training towards the IMC rating.
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  • How often should I fly? - How frequently you choose to have your lessons is up to you, but experience tells us that continuity tends to help with progression. 

  • The choice of whether the course is conducted on a full or part-time basis is yours. - A part-time course could, due to the lack of continuity, result in you needing more flying hours before your flight test. If you choose a full-time course then for instance a PPL could be completed in approximately three to four weeks, weather permitting. We find that a mixture of the two, involving an intensive week or two within a part-time course, often works well.

  • Lesson periods - Lessons are normally scheduled in two hour slots, which include flying, pre and post flight briefings and start-up and shut-down procedures. VVB Aviation is open 7 days a week, so if the working week is not suitable, the weekend could be. During the summer months we are open till late.

  • All flying is subject to current conditions. - If it is unsuitable, we will contact you immediately to re-schedule your flying schedule. We would ask that you please let us know at least 48 hours in advance if you need to cancel an appointment.
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  • You do not need a medical to begin your flight training. Your instructor will advise you when you need to get a medical, however, before flying solo, you must possess a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Class II medical certificate.
  • Provided you are in good health, this should be nothing for you to worry about a Class II medical can be obtained locally from an Authorised Medical Examiner (AME).

  • A list of approved AMEs is available from VVB Aviation. If you intend to make a career from helicopter flying, it may be advisable to obtain a Class I medical at this stage. Feel free to call us and make that booking at any time on 020 8953 0584 and give that special someone an experience they will always remember.
    We look forward to taking your call.

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  • Lesson 1 - Aircraft Familiarisation
  • Lesson 2 - Emergency Procedures
  • Lesson 3 - Preparation for and action after flight
  • Lesson 4 - Air Experience
  • Lesson 5 - Effects of controls
  • Lesson 6 - Taxiing
  • Lesson 7 - Taxiing emergencies
  • Lesson 8 - Straight and level flight
  • Lesson 9 - Climbing
  • Lesson 10 - Descending

  • Stage 2

  • Lesson 11 - Turning
  • Lesson 12 - Slow flight
  • Lesson 13 - Stalling
  • Lesson 14 - Spin avoidance
  • Lesson 15 - Take-off and climb to down-wind position
  • Lesson 16 - Circuit, approach and landing
  • Lesson 17 - Emergencies (on take-off/landing)
  • Lesson 18 - First solo
  • Lesson 19 - Advanced turning
  • Lesson 20 - Forced landing without power

  • Stage 3

  • Lesson 21 - Precautionary landings
  • Lesson 22 - Navigation
  • Lesson 23 - Low Level Navigation
  • Lesson 24 - Radio Navigation
  • Lesson 25 - Basic instrument flight
  • expandPayment Schemes & Cost
    The following rates apply to training for the PPL(A) on the Cessna C152 and PA28 CHEROKEE fixed-wing aircrafts. They are inclusive of instructor and pre and post flight briefings.

    Cessna C152

  • Half hour trial lesson CESSNA C152 £99
  • One hour trial lesson CESSNA C152 £174
  • Introductory course (2.5 hours) Cessna C152 £440 (Inc. Landing & Circuit Fees)

  • Piper Cherokee

  • Half hour trial lesson PA28 CHEROKEE £135
  • One hour trial lesson PA28 CHEROKEE £199
  • Introductory course (2.5 hours) PA28 CHEROKEE £475 (Inc. Landing & Circuit Fees)

  • Standard rate, pay as you fly (cost per hour) CESSNA C152 £102.32
  • Standard rate, pay as you fly (cost per hour) PA28 CHEROKEE £131.91

  • Price Banding

    We operate a price banding scheme as follows:
  • A Band = Standard rate.
  • B Band = £5.00 per hour Discount. If you put in £3000.00 on account

  • The discount applies to any of our fixed-wing aircraft flights, Dual or Self Fly Hire

    Self Fly Hire

  • Cessna C152 (cost per hour) from £80.29
  • PA28 CHEROKEE (cost per hour) from £106.38
  • Circuit Fees £9.11
  • Landing Fees £17.45
  • Ground School Examinations £ 30.00

  • All prices are exclusive of landing, circuit fees and VAT and are based on Datcon readings.

    Please note: Pre-paid flying hours are non-refundable. If payment is by Credit Card 2% of the total value will be payable at the time of purchase.

    Feel free to call us and make that booking at any time on 020 8953 0584 and give that special someone an experience they will always remember.
    We look forward to taking your call.