Questions tagged [ppl]

A Private Pilot's License (PPL) allows individuals to fly aircraft for pleasure or personal travel, but not for pay. It is often the first pilot's license that someone earns and is usually required for more advanced licenses.

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How do I convert my FAA PPL to the equivalent in the UK / Europe?

I am returning to the UK and want to convert my FAA PPL to a UK PPL. Does anyone know the process for doing this? I am getting lots of conflicting information.
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Can student hours transfer from Argentina to USA to take the PPL test?

Can the 40+ hours done with a certified flight instructor in Argentina count as the required hours for the private pilots license here in the United States? The timing of the final test isn't working ...
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Under FAA rules, can a private pilot act as PIC in aircraft furnished by someone else if they're not otherwise compensated?

Let's say I'm visiting a friend who happens to own an airplane, and I happen to be a private pilot holding a valid FAA PPL, as well as being familiar with the make and model my friend owns. Suppose my ...
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Can you do your PPL solo time in an ultralight?

I've been thinking of getting an ultralight as a low cost way to pursue flying. And I've been wondering, when my instructor finally signs me off for a solo flight, am I allowed to do that in an ...
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FAA PPL certification for indian nationals [closed]

I am looking to acquire a FAA PPL certification. I have a B1 visa and I am getting conflicting advice on whether I can get a PPL certification in the USA. Some people/websites say that a B1 visa is ...
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Is Touring Motor Glider included in the term "aeroplanes"?

The EASA definition goes as follows: ‘Aeroplane’ means an engine-driven fixed-wing aircraft heavier than air, that is supported in flight by the dynamic reaction of the air against its wings. ‘...
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Is there any ways to earn money from flights with PPL license?

I want to apply a flight school to get flight license (in Thailand), but I have not enough money to pay for CPL training at once. Is there any legal ways to earn money from flights with PPL in South-...
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Are used planes worth their money for a private pilot?

I am thinking about getting PPL as a base step for pilot career. But all my previous life experience tells me that without practice, any skills would decrease rapidly with time. I have a sum of money ...
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What's the most cost effective way to keep a PPL current with Ultralights?

I hold an NPPL(m) - which is a UK license for Micro/Ultralights only. I wish to "upgrade" (sadly there is no formal upgrade path) to a PPL so that on occasion, I can hire 4 seaters. My ...
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Will a diagnosis of psychosis ban me from getting my recreational pilots license or my private pilots license?

I want to get my category 3 or 4 medical so I can either get my private pilots license or my recreational pilots license. I have been diagnosed with psychosis and am currently on Invega Sustenna (anti ...
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SPL to PPL(A) conversion

I'm currently flying with gliders as a hobby whilst getting my SPL for it. (Belgium - EASA) I know there is SPL TMG and PPL(A) TMG. (don't know the difference) Once I get to PPL(A) TMG, I want to get ...
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How can I solve this question using the 1 in 60 rule?

What is the explanation for the question below in detail? A pilot is heading east and decides to fly to an alternate airfield which is 4NM south and currently 30NM from his present position. What is ...
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Can the NPPL exams now be taken online?

I can see that the CAA portal now offers PPL theory exams online from this article and by signing into the portal: Can the 5 exams required for an NPPL(m) now be taken online?
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What are the restrictions on a private pilot who is not logging time?

A private pilot can avoid the "flight time is sometimes compensation" rule by not logging the flight time. If Bob, a private pilot, is not logging flight time, what are the limits on ...
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Can you make flight time not be compensation by either not logging the time or somehow logging it differently?

If I understand, there are cases where flight time is considered compensation, affecting the legality of operations by private pilots. Can this be avoided by either not logging the time or somehow ...
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How would I calculate CG in this practice problem?

As I'm studying PPL theories, I've encountered with this kind of a question below and it would be great to understand the principle behind the calculation of the 'CG' Calculated take-off mass = 2300 ...
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Can you make money from a flying blog or YouTube channel with a PPL? [duplicate]

Is it legal for a private pilot to blog about flights, or record them and post the videos online, and monetize the content using ads?
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What are the cheapest flight schools for a PPL license ($12500)?

I live in Egypt and I finally decided to pursue my dream to become a pilot. The first step as everybody surely knows is to get my PPL license. However, in order for me a NON-US citizen to be eligible ...
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Cross crediting experience: Holder of ATC Instructor’s Qualification to NPPL(A) (SSEA)

I formerly held an ATC Instructor’s Qualification valid for the Vigilant Motor Glider through the RAF Volunteer Gliding Squadron System. I was a B1 Instructor until 2014 with 440 hours. I would now ...
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Stop flight training and start again in a different country

Is it possible to put PPL flight training (started in the US) on hold and pick it up again in a different (European) country? Would one have to start all over again or would the US training be ...
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61.113 - As a private pilot, can I be reimbursed for flights on which I conduct scientific measurements for my job/school?

I'm a grad student working on some research that is funded by grants awarded to my advisor at an American university. We perform scientific measurements using GPS receivers and are considering ...
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Is it legal for a private pilot to "hold out" offering free passenger flights?

Is it legal for a private pilot to advertise that (s)he offers free passenger flights?
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What type of pilot, if any, can use the legal title 'Captain'?

I came across a YouTube channel of a pilot who calls himself 'Captain [name]'... this guy is a Microlight pilot. It made me cringe. Anyway, it also got me wondering, what type of license, if any, ...
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How can cold air inflow in high tropospheric layers create a depression?

I’m studying meteorology for PPL and after learning the big differences between cyclones and anticyclones, I came across a question that flipped all my knowledge on its head: What pressure pattern ...
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Can an instructor with an Instrument Airplane Instructor rating instruct for PPL?

I'm graduating from college this May, and as a graduation gift, I'm planning on getting my FAA PPL. I'm wondering if my father (with the FAA ratings below) could be my instructor for the 20 hours of ...
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INOP parking brake on checkride

The ACS states that the applicant must secure the airplane and complete the appropriate checklist. The checklist states to set the parking brake. But what if the parking brake is inoperative? What ...
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Minor taking written exam

Does anyone know if a parent/guardian needs to be present for any reason in order for a 16 year old to take the FAA written exam? Or are there any other technicalities/considerations when it comes to ...
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Are FAA Written Exam Questions 'Dynamically' Selected?

I tried to google this and could not find the answer. For the FAA written exams (private pilot exam, more specifically), how are the 60 questions selected? I have heard it said that they are ...
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Why does flying IFR require a rating?

It may seem like a silly question, but my analogy is, some countries issue automatic-transmission-only driving licenses. Automatic transmission in this case would be the powerful avionics now ...
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SPL/TMG -LAPL-A to PPL

If you follow the educational path from Sailplane Pilot License / Touring motorglider (SPL/TMG) to Light Aircraft Pilot Licence (LAPL-A/SEP). What is the requirement to progress from LAPL-A to a ...
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What is needed to go from a student pilot license to a private pilot license?

I will be 16 in a few weeks and I really want to get flying so I am currently thinking that I should get a Student Pilots license and then get a Private Pilot License next summer when I am 17 but I ...
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How can pressure altitude be calculated manually using hPa?

I am currently going through PPL and sitting for the meteorological paper and I see this question in the mock exam. What is the approximate International Standard Atmosphere (ISA) standard pressure ...
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What part-time opportunities are available for low hours pilots?

I hold an NPPL and have a career that I very much love and wouldn't want to change. However, I would also like to make some money from flying. What, if any, part time opportunities are available for ...
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Transition from LSA to non LSA

If you obtain your PPL (Private Pilot License) in an LSA (Light Sport Aircraft), do you have to go for additional training or certification for other SEL (Single Engine Land) aircraft (ie. Cessnas), ...
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Can a pilot with a PPL be reimbursed by an employer for fuel?

If someone with a PPL has to travel for work, and they decide to take their plane, can they be reimbursed by their employer for fuel?
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LAPL vs PPL - Which is more suitable?

I would really like some help on making the decision as to which license is more suitable for my situation. From reading various forums online, others have had the same questions, but I couldn't find ...
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What are these points in the Propeller Schematic?

If it matters, this is taken from EASA PPL questions. The graphic appears to be taken from the side point of view, although I've never seen such a round Spinner, unless it's a variable pitch propeller ...
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Differences between CPL and PPL theories

I am learning now for EASA PPL exams in Czech. I tried to find some question bank applications, and I found AviationExam app which looks very good. the problem is that there is no PPL section in ...
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What are these points in this drag curve ("Lilienthal'sches Polardiagramm")?

If it matters, this is taken from EASA PPL questions by AustroControl. So far I think the points correspond to the following situations: 1 Inverted Flight (confirmed) 2 ??? 3 Maybe Best Gliding Angle?...
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PTCHY LGT MOD SEV coverage on WX charts?

On GFAs, TAFs, METARs we see PTCHY LGT TURB, MOD TURB, -RA, +RA, etc. I was wondering where could I find the technical definition of these terms? For example the percentage coverage of these weather ...
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Can you choose to swap to a PPL when learning a (EASA) LAPL?

If I were to start flight training for a (EASA) LAPL and decide later (before completing the LAPL) that I wanted to do a PPL instead, is a switch possible? Could the hours flown in pursuit of the LAPL ...
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How should I act after landing in big airport

So I have a PPL, in the time of my education I did some touch and goes in international airports, but never parked there. I am planning now to fly to Dresden Airport from Prague, and I am a bit ...
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What type of ailerons does the C172P have?

Today during the mock ground session with my instructor he asked what type of ailerons does the C172P have. I looked in section 7 of the POH and all I was able to find was "Conventional hinged ...
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Question regarding CAR 604.38

604.38 (1) No person shall conduct a take-off in an aircraft operated by a private operator unless an operational flight data sheet has been prepared and contains the following information: (a) the ...
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Is there a general rule for picking a set heading point?

I'm currently working on a couple of Nav-logs. I have a leg where I have to climb from sea level to 9500'. This takes up about 26NM of horizontal distance. Is it bad practice or even wrong to pick a ...
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Where in the CARs does it say that we need to perform a walk-around each day?

I understand to keep an aircraft airworthy, one of the items that must be followed is a walk-around each day. I've been browsing through the CARs for a couple hours now and I couldn't find anything on ...
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How do I appropriately choose the power settings on a C172 for cruise?

Today during the ground portion with my instructor he asked me "why did you choose to cruise at 2300 rpm flying at 1990 ft pressure altitude?" I didn't have an answer for him, and I couldn't ...
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How many alternates should I prepare PPL checkride cross country?

I have a PPL checkride and the first portion of the exam is a long cross-country journey of about 300 miles. I know I'm expecting a diversion in there somewhere. But in general and for checkride ...
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Apply back-pressure during taxi?

My CFI (PPL) has on a few occasions pointed out that I need to apply back-pressure during taxi, even if we're taxiing on the apron at ~5 knots. While I can understand the benefits of doing so during ...
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How to prepare for a PPL license (before officially starting the course)?

I am aiming to get my PPL(A) licencse next year, the official start will be around spring, when my savings plan is due. I have lately been able to free up my schedule a little for the current year, ...