The Light Aircraft Pilot title is a qualification issued by the State Aviation Safety Agency so that a person can act as a pilot for recreational use aircraft, that is, for non-commercial purposes. It is a qualification lower than that of Private Pilot. It is ideal for those who want to start in the world of aviation, but do not intend to be professionals in the sector.
Validation of theoretical credits: 100% are validated for the PPL(A) course while the ULM licence does not validate theory.
Validation of flight hours: flight hours are certified and can be accumulated (with the ultralight licence only 10% of the total is validated, with the LAPL licence 100% of the hours completed are validated).
Flying in VFR visual conditions in controlled airspace and/or airports.
Flying at night in visual conditions with NVFR rating.
Fly in certified light aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of 2,000kg and up to four seats.
The applicant must complete 100 theoretical hours. During the course the following topics will be studied;
Once the theoretical classes are finished, the students will take a school's own exam before taking the official exams.
After passing the official exams, students will be accredited in the corresponding theoretical knowledge to make use of their LAPL license.
The duration of the course is approximately 2 months and allows combining the Theoretical Phase with the Flight Phase.
Even so, the final duration to obtain the license depends on the time and number of calls necessary to pass the exams of the different subjects and the in-flight verification, usually varying between 3 and 6 months in total.
The Flight Instruction Phase for LAPL (A) consists of 30 hours of flight instruction by plane, and must consist of at least:
15 hours of dual command instruction in the class in which the skill test will take place.
6 hours of supervised solo flight, including at least 3 hours of solo cross-country flight including at least 1 cross-country flight of at least 150 km (80 NM), during which at least 1 landing will be made with a full stop at an aerodrome that not be the starting one.