LAPL(A) - Light Aircraft Pilot License
This license is intended for those who want to pilot planes larger than two-seaters, and who want to fly for private and business travel as well as recreation. LAPL(A) enables you to fly all single-engine piston (SEP) airplanes up to 2,000 kg maximum take-off weight as Pilot in Command on non-commercial flights with no more than 4 passengers, including the PIC. Supplementary ratings such as VFR NIGHT and Aerobatics are available to get the most out of your license and build your flying skills.
If you already hold a ULL(A) license, your prior flight time counts towards the flight time requirements. Depending on your experience, your minimum required flight training hours can be reduced by up to 50%, allowing you to gain an LAPL(A) with only 15 hours of additional training.
- 16 years of age (for solo flights) or older
- LAPL Medical Certificate or higher
Before starting flight lessons, students need to cover a theoretical foundation consisting of air law, general knowledge of aeroplanes, the relevant limitations of human performance, the basics of flying, and radio communication. Once you have commenced flight lessons, additional theory covers mainly flight navigation, meteorology, and preparatory topics for the license examination. If you prefer, you may also take the full theoretical curriculum before starting flight training including examination. The total extent of the theory curriculum is 100 hours, thereof usually 40 hours with a lector and 60 hours self-study. Sessions normally take place at our Benešov facility or one of our other offices, or even online over Skype. At the end of the theory course, you will need to take an official final examination at the Czech Civil Aviation Authority in Prague.
Flight training consists of a minimum of 30 flight hours. You will start learning the basics of safe flying at one of our home base airports; as you progress, cross-country (navigation training) flights will take you to a number of airports around the Czech Republic and, if you wish, in neighboring countries as well. Other highlights include a two-stopover flight of 270 km minimum total length and 10 hours of solo flying (with an instructor supervision from the ground). By the time you are done, you will have enough knowledge and skill to safely fly most anywhere, including to large international commercial airports. If you also qualify yourself in the ICAO standard of Aviation English, you will be able to take your plane around the world.
You can take your flight lessons at the F AIR home base at Benešov Airport (south of Prague in Central Bohemia) or at our secondary base in Brno, capital of the the Moravian region.