How to get started
We would suggest your first lesson be a trial lesson of half an hour to an hour, which is fully briefed, you will have the opportunity to take control of the aircraft, and the lesson is logged as part of your training.
Once you have decided to start learning to fly, you need to choose which course.
There are two licences available for the Private Pilot. The European JAR/PPL licence is recognized by over 30 European states and is valid for flying worldwide and can have further ratings added to it. The NPPL (National Private Pilots Licence) is valid for daytime flying, generally in the UK only for those who wish to fly locally or have problems gaining a class 2 medical.
There are some minimum requirements that need to be considered. You must be at least 14 years of age for flying experience to count towards a licence, and at least 16 years of age before you will be allowed to go solo. There is no maximum age.
Before being allowed to fly solo the pilot must have a current medical certificate, and we have a list of local medical examiners that are authorised to issue these. The medical standard requires little more than normal health and conditions, although normal hearing is a necessity. Colour blindness may bar you from flying at night but not necessarily by day, the deciding authority being the Civil Aviation Authority Medical Branch. You do not have to have the medical certificate to start your flying but we do recommend you seek it soon after starting your training especially if you have any medical concerns. The NPPL medical is less stringent than that of the JAR/PPL, it is equivalent to a class 2 lorry drivers medical.