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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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Does my PPL need to be checked again when I move to another country? [closed]

If I acquire my PPL in one country and move to another one, is there any procedure to evaluate that PPL and get it in another country? Did anyone have an experience with that? I'm interested in ...
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How long will it take a new pilot to start flying more advanced planes like a Cirrus SR22T or Piper Malibu?

Here is my scenario. I'm 53 years old and getting ready to sell my business and retire. I've always been fascinated with aviation and have done lots of research and taken multiple training flights. ...
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Can a PPL holder fly family and friends aboard an A380? [duplicate]

Would I be able to fly an A380 with a private pilots license and carry family and friends? I know I can fly the A380 with a PPL.
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To what extent is remuneration under a PPL enforced in the UK?

I came across this, How do PPL, CPL, and ATPL compare? and was intrigued by the fact that a PPL cannot fly for any payment whatsoever. To what extent is this enforced? An example scenario would ...
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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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What are the minimum requirements for passing medical for PPL?

Where can I find the UK requirements to pass the medical exam for a PPL? Basically I would like to check my health and all the requirements with any doctor - I have health insurance plan, and when I ...
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What kind of work you can get with a private pilot licence?

I´m planning to be a pilot, i just want to know if you can work only with the private licence and where.
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How do I get an FAA CPL from an EASA PPL?

Im looking into getting a PPL, but feel I need some more information since there are a lot of hours involved so I need to expand my idea of the different possibilities. I am from Sweden but work and ...
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Can you become a CFI with only a PPL (EASA)?

In Europe, can you get your CFI rating with a PPL only or do you need a CPL? I assume that if you get paid to do flight instruction it's considered a commercial activity, so you'll need a CPL. But ...
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Is someone holding an EASA PPL (A) allowed to operate a “November” registered aircraft in Europe?

Is someone who holds a current EASA PPL(A) allowed to operate an FAA "November" registered aircraft in Europe? Of course I'm talking about a type of aircraft and of operation he or she would be ...
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What can I learn before I actually go to flight school (Austria)?

I am currently occupied with a large project which basically eats up all my money but will be done in a year or so. After that, I would like to get my PPL. So I am currently out of money but do have ...
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How much does it cost to add a glider rating to a PPL? [closed]

In Europe, how much does it cost to learn to fly gliders if you're already a private pilot? I am one, so I already have the medical and theory etc. but what cost can I expect for a GPL on top of a PPL?...
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What can I do to prepare for private pilot training? (India)

I am an aviation enthusiast from India. I am 24 now and want to be a hobby pilot after 1 or 2 years (I need to save money to afford training). I want to move up to twin engine aircraft as well. ...
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What will be in 'radiotelephony privileges' part of EASA PPL without practical RT examination?

My question is addressed to pilots who recently obtained PPL in Europe (preferably in Czech Republic, but not so important). As I understand, EASA itself does not require separate radiotelephony ...
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Tips for the private pilot check ride [duplicate]

I am 17 and am going to be taking my check ride for my private pilot's license very soon. What tips do you have before I go up? (Oral exam and check ride). I am more looking for personal experience ...
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Is the number of private pilots increasing or decreasing?

My interest into aviation grows by every day and I seriously start thinking about working in the industry later, as I am very interested into avionics and pilot supporting devices in the general ...
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If I were to scratch build a helicopter, as the manufacturer, would I need a pilot's license to fly it?

If I were to scratch build a helicopter, as the manufacturer, would I need a pilot's license to fly it while its in the experimental stage? This is in the USA, but I'd be interested in how it plays ...
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What are capabilities of small Airplane in general? [closed]

In general what can i expect of small, 4-seat, light airplane? I am specifically interested in the Pipistrel Panthera, though general responses would be appreciated. What is usual range of that kind ...
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What does it take to maintain a private pilot certificate?

What, if any, requirements are there to maintain a private pilot certificate? For example: Do I have to renew my certificate after a period of time? E.g. annually, 5 years, 10 years Do I have to ...
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Is an RT license required for EASA PPL holders?

Is an RT (radiotelephony) license required in the EU for an EASA PPL holder acting as PIC in an EU-based aircraft?
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If “flight time is compensation”, how can a PPL holder legally fly at all?

I have seen a strange phrase "flight time is compensation" in a few questions and answers here, mostly related to what PPL can do for free and what is not allowed. This looks so confusing that I ask ...
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How should flaps be used during an emergency landing (PPL)?

I'm still doing my PPL, but one question has puzzled me recently. During an internal exam before my first solo nav on a C150, the examiner pulled the throttle, so I would do a simulated emergency ...
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Does avionics type matter when training for PPL?

Soon I want to start training for my PPL (VFR) and I'm currently looking at two flight schools in my area. At one of the two their whole training fleet is equipped with G1000 avionics, while the other ...
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Where is an EASA PPL valid outside of Europe?

I am considering obtaining an EASA PPL in the U.K. I would like to know where exactly in the world the license is recognized with little to no additional paperwork/training outside of Europe. ...
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In what ways does the current FAA written exam differ from the Sporty's practice test?

I am preparing to take my PPL written exam. I have been using the Sporty's practice exam program to gauge my progress? Recently I heard that the FAA has changed a few things about the tests. So I am ...
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How do I renew/revalidate my lapsed JAR PPL?

I obtained a JAR PPL in 2003 and flew regularly for a few years afterwards. My last flight as Pilot in Command was around 2006 and as I have not kept up the required number of hours per year since ...
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What type of visa is required to be allowed to earn a PPL in the US?

What are the visa types (H1b, L1b, H4, L2, J1, etc) accepted by TSA to learn flying for recreational purposes? UPDATE 1 I found some further information from National association of flight ...
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How quickly can someone learn to fly?

I'm a US-citizen living in Japan, and the costs here are insane ($500 per hour). So I'm thinking to go to the US or Australia for my pilot's license, but how long am I'm going to need to live there? ...
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How do I get permission to fly when diagnosed with Sleep Apnea?

I was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea a few weeks ago. I'm told that this somehow complicates my ability to get a license (I haven't started on my license yet.) I'm having a hard time ...
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What happens during a checkride for a private pilot license?

For a Private Pilot License in USA, what happens when a student takes his/her checkride? I want to know the sequence of events. According to my knowledge, which is sort of vague, things proceed as ...
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Can a someone with just a PPL log PIC time on a non-transport commercial flight?

I have a job that requires me to travel on a small company plane with a company "commercial"pilot. I only have my PPL. If I am certified in the type of aircraft may the pilot allow me to fly "solely ...
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Will this diagnosis from my cardiologist prevent me from getting a Class 1 JAA medical?

In 3 days I will have my Class 1 JAA medical test for the first time. However I said let's do a heart checkup before I go there and when I did this suddenly my cardiologist wrote that I have: ...
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Can I continue school for the PPL in another country in another flight school, if it is still inside EU?

I am attending flight school for PPL at the moment at a flight school in Italy. Next year I will study in Germany. It is possible that I will not have finished the PPL until then. Now theoretically ...
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Can hours at an FAA flightschool be credited to an EASA PPL?

Does anyone know if it's possible to put FAA flight school hours towards an EASA (UK/CAA) PPL? I've heard answers from "NO" to "Of course" and everything in between, but am struggling to find any ...
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If I do PPL ground school online, do I have to do all of it?

I am not doing normal ground school (I chose to do it online). I have passed my PSTAR, and will be doing my ROC-A in the upcoming weeks. With this in mind, must I do the entire online ground school ...
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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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Do I need a PPL license for a CPL license?

Do I need a PPL license to get a CPL/ATPL license? I could not find anything on the net regarding my question.
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Does laser eye surgery prevent me from getting an EASA pilot licence?

I am a masters student in Germany and I am very much interested in pilot training. I had a laser eye surgery (LASIK) 3 years ago. I heard that people who got it are not eligible as a pilot. Is this ...
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Can you be paid to taxi an aircraft if you don't have a commercial license?

From a strictly legal standpoint, in the US (I'm also interested in Canada) can you (not should you) accept compensation to taxi an aircraft if you don't have a commercial pilot's license? If I was a ...
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Can I use a LAPL/PPL issued by the UK CAA to fly outside Europe?

Will the Light Aircraft Pilot License (LAPL) or Private Pilot License (PPL) be enough to to be able to fly to other countries outside Europe?
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What careers are available for someone with a PPL?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, and I'm sure that some of the answers will depend on the country, so I apologise if this is "too local" or "off topic". I'm considering ...
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What are the flight training options for a private pilot's license in the US?

In the USA, what training options does a student pilot aiming for their private pilot license have?
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May I fly an aircraft registered in an EASA member with an EASA licence (NOT same country as airplane) outside Europe?

Let's say that I have an Italian PPL licence and with my I- registered aircraft (small Cessna example) I want to fly in the US or in Argentina, then ICAO rules allow me to do that. Am I correct? (I ...
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Can self-study and FSX substitute for the majority of PPL training? [duplicate]

I am 16 and am very interested in becoming a private pilot, and fly flight simulators. I do not have enough money for the entire training. I can only afford 5 flying lessons. Is it possible to learn ...
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I have a European EASA license - what do I need to do to be allowed to fly in the US?

I own a PPL(A) license following JAR-FCL. Recently, this license has been exchanged for a European EASA license. My training was on a motor glider (TMG), I do not have ratings for SEP, but TMG and ...
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Backup plane for checkride: Can it be a different model?

I'm a student pursuing a US Private Pilot License, and recently scheduled my checkride. I've been training in a 1981 Piper Warrior (PA-28-161), but if its annual goes sour I may have to take my club's ...
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How would you brief passengers who will try flying your plane?

Following up on this question about pilots letting passengers fly the plane, suppose you’re in a Cessna 172 with passengers and you have your PPL. If you want to let a friend try flying the plane, you ...
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Are you allowed to do your entire PPL on a medium-sized jet aircraft from day one?

I'm wondering if say, hypothetically, I had a friend who had a large aircraft (e.g. Learjet), could I do my PPL hours on it from day one, or is there anything stopping this?
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PPL 40 hours requirement, are you really ready? [closed]

Are 40 hours of flight really enough to gain experience to fly a small private plane alone anywhere? The rules state so but from experience off you pilots, is it really enough or should be more hours ...