Below is an infographic of the route to your PPL... (see further below for details)
Not to be confused with our PPL Plus + course (for PPL holders wishing to improve their existing skills) our PPL initial training introduces the candidate to flight in a single engine aeroplane and starts with general handling until a good proficiency is obtained.
Key to this is the teaching of basic principles of flight - leading to the understanding of how and why the aircraft performs as it does. The next section covers practice in the airfield circuit where the candidate becomes familiar with airfield operations and skilled in take-off, landing and the recognition and correction of potential problems. The candidate will take their first solo flight in the circuit when proficient to do so.
The next phase focuses on cross-country flight, which includes flight planning, visual and radio navigation, Air Traffic Control communication, practice diversions and emergency procedures including operations at larger commercial airports. This culminates in a solo cross-country flight of 270 km landing at 2 other airfields during the flight.
The final section consists of preparation and rehearsal for the PPL skill test. All manoeuvres are reviewed during this phase and the candidate's proficiency is raised to the standard required for the PPL flight test.
During the course the candidate prepares for and sits the PPL ground examinations. There are 9 written ground exams during the course. All training takes place in a Cessna 152 or a Piper Warrior. Minimum hours to obtain a PPL are 45 hours, which must include:
The PPL Skill test can be taken when the candidate has completed all required training and is at the required standard. The Skill test lasts between 2 and 2.5 hours which can be included in the 45 minimum hours required.
There is no previous experience required, although a Civil Aviation Authority Medical Certificate is required before any solo flights are undertaken. We have a EASA/CAA approved Doctor here at the Airfield every SUNDAY & THURSDAY by appointment. Bookings can be made at reception.
The PPL course is based on the minimum 45-hour course (35 hours dual and 10 solo). Each flight is paid for after the flight is completed and prices vary depending upon the amount of time actually flown, i.e. brakes off time to brakes on time. We are always pleased to offer discounts for payments in advance. See our downloadable PPL price list for all prices and discount details.
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Our FREE quarterly newsletter 'Take Off' (PDF - 274kb) is now available to download (requires Acrobat Reader). It contains lots of up-to-the-minute news about the airfield and club as well as all the latest gossip. We want your contributions too. So if you have any stories, anecdotes or other ideas you wish to add to the next newsletter, or if you wish wish to order a FREE copy, please contact our editor Sue Rose - firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07808 587248.
Stapleford Flight Centre are delighted to offer the new industry-standard MCC, known as the 'APS MCC' or 'Airline Pilot Standard Multi-Crew Co-operation Course'. The course syllabus is extended with ground school element increasing from three to five days with additional subjects; TEM (threat error management) CRM (crew resource management) FTL (flight time limitations) Swept wing theory Upset recovery and prevention SMS (safety management systems) ... read more here >>
This consultation is in relation to our proposed airspace change to allow RNAV approaches onto Runway 21L. You can download the PDF response form or add your responses online. You can also book into the 'drop -in' sessions here.
Stapleford Radio frequency will be changing to 122.805 as from August 6th 2018 to reflect the CAA policy to introduce 8.33Khz radio frequencies to free up more usable channels. The Stapleford fleet have all been upgraded to radios capable of selecting the 8.33 spaced frequencies as more airfields especially those with controlled airspace change to new channels.
Stapleford Flight Centre is proud to announce its affiliation with PEGASUS Finance. Get help with raising the finance for your flight training!
Following hot on the heels of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approval for Stapleford Flight Centre’s modular Air Transport Pilots’ Licence (ATPL) Theoretical Knowledge courses, Stapleford has now been given the go-ahead to run Integrated Pilot Training Courses at the airfield near Romford in Essex.... Download full press release >>
The Civil Aviation Authority has granted stand-alone approval for Stapleford Flight Centre to run modular Air Transport Pilots’ Licence (ATPL) Theoretical Knowledge courses at the airfield near Romford in Essex. This is the only ATPL theory course inside the M25 in the London area.. Download full press release >>
When requesting a clearance into the new Southend CAS, from April 2nd 2015, it would be advisable to quote the CTA number(s) that you want clearance into. Sadly the CTA numbers are not shown on the new 1:500,000 chart and so you will find this chart useful. We strongly suggest that you carry it with you when flying locally to help you ensure you get the clearance you want. If you have any questions or concerns please contact one of the instructors at Stapleford: 01708 688380.
Stapleford Flight Centre launches new 'mobile-friendly' website. We hope you like it - and that it displays consistently well on your desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device (and if not, please do let us know and we'll try our very best to fix it).
Stapleford Flight Centre, one of the UK’s top flight training schools, is leading the field with the acquisition of a brand new “state of the art” ALX Alsim medium jet simulator. This is first in the UK, and one of only five in Europe. It has just been installed at the Essex-based airfield and it will be used for MCC (Multi-Crew Co-operation) courses and JOC (Jet Orientation Courses) as well as a combined course for tomorrow’s airline pilots.
Stapleford Flight Centre is proud to announce its affiliation with PEGASUS Finance. Get help with raising the finance for your flight training! Go to PEGASUS Finance website >>
In conjunction with ProPilot we are introducing an enhanced ab-initio course where, in addition to the standard Zero to Frozen ATPL elements, we will train for type-rating preparation.
The first-ever National Air Traffic Service (NATS) Infringement Prevention Award has been awarded to Stapleford Flight Centre. This is a result of the sustained campaign led by Deputy Head of Training, Brian Peppercorn.
Stapleford Flight Centre, internationally-renowned flight training school for private and commercial pilots, has been awarded Full Accredition for its training courses by the British Accreditation Council for Independent, Further and Higher Education.