The PPL theory consists of:

  • Principles of flight.
  • Flight performance and planning.
  • Aircraft general knowledge.
  • Meteorology, Navigation, Flight Planning and Monitoring
  • VFR Communications
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Air Law

I was wondering, what does the student pilot have to do during his/her PPL practical course?

It would be nice to see a list of things that needs to be mastered. A link to a practical resource would also help.

  • $\begingroup$ Please tag your question with a governing region (FAA, EASA, etc) so that we can give a more specific answer. $\endgroup$ – Steve V. Feb 27 '19 at 18:59

This depends on the jurisdiction/governing body that is issuing the license but for the FAA you can find a full list of everything covered on the Private Pilot Check Ride here your training should cover those topics and maneuvers. How they are covered is up to your instructor.

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For the UK, the EASA PPL requirement for SEP(A) are listed here

If you don’t already hold a licence, you will need to complete 45 hours of flight instruction on aeroplanes, 5 hours of which may have been completed in an approved flight simulator (an FSTD – flight simulation training device), including at least:

  1. 25 hours of dual flight instruction,
  2. 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.

You will need to complete a skill test after you have completed all the flying requirements.

You will also need to ensure that the examiner meets the requirements for test notification and designation as set out in:

IN 2014/110 (for UK examiners)
IN 2015/050 (for non-UK examiners)

The list on the left of that page also lists requirements for other EASA licence types.

Non-EASA aricraft can be flown under an NPPL in the UK. An outline of the NPPL is listed here

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