Private pilots



The light aircraft pilot license (LAPL(A)) is a pilot license that entitles the holder to fly light aircraft non-commercially. The LAPL is easier to obtain than the higher-grade private pilot license (PPL) and has lower medical fitness certificate requirements.

Contrary to the private pilot license, the LAPL is not compliant with the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), therefore an LAPL is not recognized outside the EASA member states and therefore cannot be used outside the EASA member states.

With an LAPL, you are authorized to fly single-engine aircraft with piston engines with a maximum take-off weight of 2,000 kg and 3 passengers as the pilot in command. The LAPL is “initially” limited to visual flight in daylight and, unlike the PPL(A), cannot be extended directly to instrument flight.


The theoretical training can be carried out in face-to-face classes or as a distance learning course.
It comprises 100 hours in the subjects:

  • Air law
  • Meteorology
  • General aircraft knowledge
  • Flight performance and flight planning
  • Operational procedures
  • Navigation
  • Aerodynamics
  • Human performance

And is completed with the theory test at the responsible state aviation authority.

The practical training consists of at least 30 flying hours, of which at least:

  • 15 hours training with flight instructor
  • 6 hours solo flight with flight instruction, including at least three hours cross-country flight.

The practical examination takes place immediately after the training.


  • Minimum age for obtaining a license 17 years (16 years at the start of training)
  • Medical certificate for LAPL
  • Background check(ZÜP)
  • Extract from the central traffic register (KBA)