PPL is the licence required in order to fly yourself and passengers for pleasure without any hire or reward. The PPL is sometimes referred to as a recreational licence, however as for all pilots, a high standard of professionalism and training is still required.
PPL – Requirements:
- Class 2 Medical Certificate
- Be at least 17 years of age
- Minimum 50 hours flight training
- 35 hours dual
- 15 hours solo, the flight syllabus includes;
- 5 hours dual cross country navigation training
- 5 hours solo cross country navigation
- 5 hours instrument flight training
Examination passes in 6 theory subjects –
Air Law, Meteorology, Aircraft Technology, Human Factors, Navigation, Flight Radio
Although the CAA minimum requirement for PPL is 50 hours flight time, a realistic total is 60 – 70 hours flight training before the PPL flight test is undertaken and licence issued. The actual time it will take each individual student to complete their training will depend on the frequency of training, their natural aptitude, dedication and proficiency.
The minimum age to hold a pilot licence is 17. Pilots may commence training at any age, although no one may pilot an aeroplane solo under the age of 16. There is no upper age limit.
All candidates must pass a CAA Class 2 medical for PPL. If the goal is to go on and complete CPL training then a Class 1 medical should be sought. The minimum of a Class 2 medical must be obtained before solo flight can be undertaken. A list of approved medical assessors in New Zealand and worldwide can be found on the CAA website: www.caa.govt.nz