NPPL 

Introduction 
National Private Pilots Licence (Aeroplanes) (NPPL) is a licence that is issued by the Civil 
Aviation Authority.  All the training for this can be done at Lasham.  This section explains what is 
involved. 

Background 
The NPPL came into effect at the end of July 2002. This licence is aimed purely at those wishing 
to fly for fun rather than those who want a PPL as a stepping stone to a commercial licence and a 
career in aviation.  It is a response to the increasingly bureaucratic and expensive nature of the 
JAR-regulated PPL and its associated medical requirements which, while they might be 
appropriate for commercial aviation, impose an excessive burden on recreational pilots. 
The NPPL provides a Single Engine Piston (SEP) aeroplane rating. With the SEP rating you will 
be able to fly aircraft of up to 2,000kg (Piper PA-28s, Cessna 172s etc.) as long as they are socalled simple aircraft types. That essentially means no retractable undercarriages, variable-pitch 
props, forced induction engines, pressurised cabins, or aircraft which cruise in excess of 
140knots. 

All of these limitations can be removed by doing extra "Differences" training. The same will apply 
to the difference between tailwheel and nosewheel aircraft - you will have to be specifically 
trained on whichever one (or both) you want to fly.

Medical Requirements 
The medical requirements for the NPPL will merely a sign-off by your own GP to a standard 
equivalent to the DVLA's Group 2 (professional driver) standards. Those who don't meet that, but 
do meet the Group 1 (private driver) standard, may  be able to get a licence limited to flying 
without passengers, or with another qualified pilot. 

The NPPL medical certificate, once issued, does not need to be renewed until your 45th birthday. 
Between then and your 65th birthday it must be renewed every five years, and after that, 
annually.  The same NPPL medical certificate covers all the NPPL ratings.   

Limitations 
The NPPL will be limited to: 
• VFR only (no IMC or IR ratings can be added), minimum visibility 5kms (10kms under 
Special VFR) 
• UK-registered aircraft only 
• Flight in UK airspace only 
• Simple aircraft types only (can be extended with extra training) 
• Maximum of three passengers 
The NPPL, being by definition a national licence, is not designed to allow you to fly in any foreign 
country.   NPPL 
2 1 December 2006 

Currency requirements 
To keep the NPPL current will require 6 hours per year (4 of them as PIC) plus a check flight with 
an instructor every two years.  There is a 90-day rule which means that you must have done 
three take-offs and landings within the last 90 days as sole manipulator of the controls before you 
can fly with a passenger. 
  
Training at Lasham 
All the training for the NPPL can be done at Lasham using the Motor Falke.  Flying costs £1.45/min - £87 per 
hour.  As an ab initio, you need 32 flying hours plus flying tests.  As someone with gliding 
experience up to and including cross-country endorsement, you only need ten hours training and 
so it is cost effective.  The licence is issued for life, with no renewal charges. Note, the medical is 
extra. 

Exam 
NPPL SLMG applicants are required to pass the JAR-FCL PPL theoretical knowledge 
examinations.  There is a web site with all the details of the NPPL syllabuses and application forms which you can print out at http://www.nppl.uk.com/