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PPL Training (Beginner)

The PPL (Private Pilot Licence) allows you to fly a light aircraft, solo or with friends and to add instrument ratings at a later date. This licence is the equivalent of a driver’s licence, but a bit more rigorous.

If you're an aspiring commercial pilot, we at MotorGlide, recommend the PPL licence is definitely the licence to train for. Having a PPL is one of the minimum requirements needed before commencing CPL (Commerical Pilots Licence) training. 

If you’re only planning to fly for fun and take friends and family up then we will recommend you to go for a LAPL Licence. Find out more about the LAPL Licence here.

What do you need to do for a PPL? 

For the PPL, you need to complete a minimum of 45 hours of training which include at least 25 hours dual and 10 hours solo flying. 

For the PPL, you require a Class 2 medical which can be obtained by an Aeronautical Medical Examiner (AME).  This medical is similar to an HGV lorry medical.  For the Class 2 it will cost around £120. 

Here at MotorGlide, we will train you in a motorglider (making flying far more affordable!).  Once you’re at licence level we can then convert you to a larger aircraft resulting in you having an EASA PPL with two ratings: TMG & SEP.  This is a European licence where you will only be allowed to fly anywhere in Europe. Once you have your licence, you will then be able to add different ratings such as: aerobatics, night flying, instrument (only be added to a PPL) and tail-wheel.  

What licence do I train for? 
If you’re unsure which licence to go for, you can always train towards the LAPL and upgrade to the PPL at a later date. The training syllabuses are very similar which enables the upgrade to be easily done. 

Training Requirements

Total of 45 hours training including: 

  • Minimum of 25 hours dual flying
  • 10 hours solo flying
  • Solo cross-country of 150nm, landing at two other airfields.
  • Aircraft Radio Test
  • 9 ground exams
  • Skill Test, to cover general handling, emergencies and navigation.
Medical Requirements
  • Class 2 medical or higher is required
  • This can be obtained through an Aeronautical Medical Examiner (AME), don’t worry we can provide you a list of examiners (costs about £120).

How much will it cost?

Other Flying Schools

Prices vary dramatically from £140 to £220 per hour for a light aircraft, and most training organisations only offer the PPL (it makes them more money!), at 45 hours of training.

  • Taking the average of price £190 per hour:
  • 45 hours x £190/hr = £8,550
  • Extras – books, ground exams, CAA fees = £500
  • Total cost = £9,050+


We are open with our pricing and will train you for the NPPL, LAPL or PPL, whichever best suits your aviation needs. 

  • Cost per hour = £160
  • 45 hours x £165 = £7,200
  • Extras – books, ground exams, CAA fees = £500
  • Total cost £7,700 (budget for £8,000 and you’ll have no financial surprises)

NB: 45 hours is the minimum required for this licence. The number of hours required in practice depends on the individual student’s ability; therefore, more training hours may be required to achieve your licence.