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PPL(A) Private Licence


12 months


€9.900 for the whole 1-year course.  

Tuition fees exclude registration fees  €890.00


Classroom and project classes. It also includes online classes.

PPL(A) Course – Private Pilot License

Flight instruction and crediting

PPL (A) stands for ‘Private Pilots Licence’, and it’s effectively the aviation equivalent of a driver's license. A PPL entitles pilots to fly an aircraft privately with non-commercial passengers and requires renewal after 5 years.

The PPL course is an introduction to aviation. It’s the foundation for pilot training where you’ll build experience and add additional flying privileges later on — such as IMC ratings to enable you to fly in difficult weather conditions, or even you will need to complete 45 hours of flight instruction on airplanes, 5 hours of which may have been completed in an approved flight simulator (an FSTD – flight simulation training device), including at least:

25 hours of dual flight instruction.

10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross country flight of at least 270 km (150 NM) that includes full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the departure aerodrome.


Whether you desire to operate a plane for your pleasure or begin a career as an airline pilot, the first step is to get the initial permission to fly – acquire a Private Pilot Licence (PPL). As a proud PPL holder, you will be able to enjoy great flexibility and operate a single-engine aircraft.

Skill Test and Minimum Age

At the end of your training, you will need to take a skill test with an examiner in the relevant aircraft type to demonstrate that you can competently carry out the procedures and maneuvers that you have been taught while acting as pilot in command (PIC).

You must have had some flight instructions on the same aircraft type or class that you will be taking your skill test in.

The minimum age to get a PPL is 16 and you will need to hold a Part MED Class 2 Medical Certificate.  

A PPL for airplanes will allow you to act as pilot in command (PIC) in non-commercial operations on airplanes or touring motor gliders (TMGs). 

The exception to this is for holders of a PPL(A) with instructor or examiner privileges who can be paid for the following: 

Flight instruction for the  PPL (A)


First steps to flying

In Portugal there are many different types of recreational flying available. Whether it is in traditional light aircraft, microlights, gliders, helicopters, balloons or even gyrocopters, there are many options to choose from to suit a range of interests and budgets.

Do not prevent your wings from growing; begin living your dream immediately.

Nevertheless, PPL could also become an interim step on the way to the cockpit of big commercial aircraft. After getting done with a PPL, you can confidently proceed further and continue training to qualify for a commercial pilot.

This section is about how you can take your first steps towards acquiring a pilot licence, which you will need in order to participate in almost all types of flying. 

Learning to fly is often one of the most rewarding things you will ever undertake. It is also a serious commitment of both your time and money so it’s important to do your research and make informed decisions about your training.

Generally your training will include:

  1. Ground training and exams in different subjects

  2. Dual flying lessons with an instructor

  3. Solo flying training

  4. Flight test

  5. Some useful sources of information are

  6. Flying magazines – many publish useful guides on learning to fly

  7. Flying associations, clubs and schools

  8. Online forums for pilots/flying

  9. Minimum age requirements

16 years old to hold a licence for a glider or balloon

17 years old to hold a licence for airplanes or helicopter

Medical Standards

Prior to starting training for any pilot licence it is worth considering the medical standards required. You will need to have a medical examination and be given a medical certificate in order for your licence to be valid. A good place to start is our quick guide to LAPL medical requirements, which are the least demanding.

Theoretical knowledge examinations

One Year 

As part of the application for a private licence, you will need to take and pass exams in the following subject areas:

Common subjects

Unit 1 - Air law

Unit 2 - Human performance

Unit 3 - Meteorology

Unit 4 - Communications

Unit 5 - Navigation

Unit 6 - Exams specific to the aircraft category

Unit 7 - Principles of flight

Unit 8 - Operational procedures

Unit 9 - Flight performance and planning

Unit 10 - : Aircraft general knowledge

Validity of passed theoretical knowledge exams

You will need to set up a customer portal account at Prime College to access Private pilot theoretical knowledge e-exams.

If you successfully pass the theoretical exams for the issue of a private pilot's licence, they will be valid for 24 months for you to submit an application for the PPL issue. 

This period is counted from the date you complete your last theoretical knowledge examination.

Within these 24 months you must complete the flight training and pass the skill test, otherwise these exams will expire, and you will have to retake them.

EASA PPL Courses

What Is Required During The PPL Training?

Most approved training organizations (i.e. flight schools) in the UK teach the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) PPL Syllabus. The EASA-PPL allows unrestricted flying throughout Europe. It is the most flexible of the PPL courses, and the preferred choice for commercial pilot students following the Modular Route.

Before starting your course we recommend buying the first book in Pooley’s series, Flying Training so that you know what to expect in your flying lessons. This will save you money in the long run.

Minimum entry requirements:


16 years old and over


9th-grade diploma or higher

Physical status

Valid Class 2 Medical Certificate

PPL Course Cost 

How Much Does The PPL Course Cost?

Most approved training organizations (i.e. flight schools) in Portugal and Europe teach the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) PPL Syllabus. The EASA-PPL allows unrestricted flying throughout Europe. It is the most flexible of the PPL courses, and the preferred choice for commercial pilot students following the Modular Route.

Before starting your course we recommend buying the first book in Pooley’s series, Flying Training so that you know what to expect in your flying lessons. This will save you money in the long run.

PPL Course Packages Additional Costs

There are additional fixed costs to account for, such as:

Additional hours: These are usually charged at the normal hourly rate at the school.

Medical fees.

Equipment and study materials

Flight Tools: you should budget approximately 350€ for books and basic tools. Prime CollegeFlyGA offers competitive prices on flight training equipment. You won’t find a better deal anywhere else.

Examiner and license issue fees

Course Duration

How Long Does It Take To Complete?

Despite the minimum requirement for 45 hours tuition for the PPL, the national ‘pass average’ is between 55 and 60 hours. Passing in 45 hours is feasible provided you can maintain continuity without large breaks in learning. The good news is you’re flying for enjoyment, so the course duration may not particularly bother you!

Ground school exams must be passed in an 18 month period. By committing to one session a week, students will often do two or three hours within that slot. This means that students can aim to comfortably pass the PPL in a year*. In fact, very determined students pass in less than two months.

PPL Practical Training

The practical side of the training progresses from general handling to circuits and finally navigation.

1. Students firstly learn about the controls and the effects they have on the aircraft.

You’ll master the skills of climbing, descending & turning. The training consists of at least of 45 hours training: 25 hours with an instructor, 10 hours solo. Most students will take longer than the minimum 45 hours, with averages varying from school to school. Be sure to check this average out when considering flight schools. 

2. Students complete several ‘circuits’. These are essentially small rectangles flown around your home airfield, consisting of a taking off, en-route, and landing section.  In practicing this you’ll perfect all phases of a flight before you solo. 

3. Finally, students move onto navigational & instrument training. During this time you accumulate a number of solo hours — including completing a 150-mile trip and landing at two other aerodromes other than their base (all solo).

PPL Examination Subjects (Topics)

Teaching and Administrative Services

  • TAll of the above practical requirements must be completed along with pass marks of 75%+ on 9 multiple-choice examinations:

  • Meteorology

  • Navigation

  • Communications

  • Flight Performance & Planning

  • Human Performance & Limitations

  • Air Law

  • Operational Procedures

  • Aircraft General Knowledge

  • Principles of Flight

At first, these may sound intimidating, but they don’t require any prior knowledge of aviation. With enough exam practice, students don’t usually struggle with the theoretical aspect of the course.

The PPL Exam Software was designed by PPL instructors; it enables subscribers to learn the 9 PPL topics with ease. Currently, it’s undergoing some changes, and it’ll be back up soon.


You need to complete a practical radio examination followed by a Licensing Skills Test (LST). The LST is carried out with an approved  Aviation Authority examiner who assesses your flying — much like a practical driving test. A typical test lasts around 2 to 3 hours, bringing all your flight training from Prime College together.

What Are The Privileges Of Holding A PPL? 

EASA-PPL Holders are Permitted to:

  • Fly an aircraft with a take-off weight that does not exceed 5700kgs.

    Fly during daylight hours in visibility greater than 3km remaining in sight of the surface at all times.

    Carry passengers without payment. Sharing expenses is allowed.

    Receive remuneration for flight instruction for up to PPL training.

Is My PPL Licence Valid Forever? 


  • Your EASA-PPL is valid for a lifetime, but your Single Engine Piston Rating is only valid for two years. To keep this ‘current’ you must fly at least 12 hours in the last year before expiry, of which one hour must be with a flying instructor. If you fail to do this you must then re-validate your rating with an approved CAA examiner.

What’s Next After My PPL? 

Is the end after the PPL? 

  • It doesn’t have to be the end! Check out the other qualifications and ratings you can add to the PPL by following our links below:

    Night Rating (NR)

    Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) Rating

    Instrument Rating (IR)

    Flight Instructor Training

    Aerobatic Certificate

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