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LAPL Light Aircraft Pilot

The Light Aircraft Pilot License LAPL is located under the private pilot license PPL and represents a simplified entry into aviation. In comparison with the private pilot license, the rights are limited. The LAPL (H) license authorizes the use of Pilot In Command (PIC) flights with helicopters that do not exceed 2000kg (e.g. Robinson 22, R44 and R66). A maximum of three passengers may be carried, i.e. there must not be more than four persons on board the helicopter at any one time. After completion of the Light Aircraft Pilot License LAPL, the license can later be extended by further stages (for example, private pilot license PPL or Professional pilot license CPL ). For flights to other countries and flights from an airport with a control zone, as with the PPL training, a radio telephony examination (including subject 090) and additionally, the Language Proficiency Level 4 are required. Theoretical subjects are the same as in PPL (H) training.

Minimum age: The candidate must be at least 16 years old during the first solo flight during the training. The minimum age to be admitted to the practical test is 17 years.

Theory training: see chapter «Theory» (theory course according to PPL). In addition, the following classroom courses have to be attended:

•  Ground course for the corresponding type entry

•  Awareness course (for all Robinson types)

Practical training: min. 40 h Rotor Turning Time (RTT) in the helicopter, of which:

•  approx. 20 h basic maneuvers, approaches in the terrain, emergency procedures, navigation at the dual controls

•  approx. 10 h of solo flights in the last third of the training, one of which is a "large solo navigation flight" (at least 150 km) with a full stop at another airfield

•  of which approx. 5 h exam preparation

•  FOCA skill test

Medical: Medical check-up with a medical officer of the Federal Office of Civil Aviation FOCA for level LAPL. The medical must be available before the first solo flight. However, we strongly recommend that you complete the medical check-up before you start training.

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