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The National Private Pilot's Licence for Microlights

The National Private Pilots Licence (NPPL) with a Microlight rating allows the holder to fly microlight aircraft. To obtain the licence the candidate must be able to fly a microlight in a safe and confident manner and understand both their own and their aircrafts' limitations. The training syllabus is designed to cover all the skills and knowledge required.

The National Private Pilot's Licence (NPPL) is a UK specific pilot's licence developed in 2002. It is not an internationally recognised licence and does not automatically entitle the holder to fly aircraft in other countries. The NPPL may include in it aircraft class ratings that allow the holder to fly specific classes of aircraft, such as microlights. To obtain a NPPL with a microlight class rating you must complete flight training with a UK Civil Aviation Authority authorised flying instructor entitled to instruct on microlights. This syllabus contains the details of the training required.

Medical requirements

A pilot may only fly microlights as Pilot In Command in the UK if they hold valid medical certification.

Flight Training Requirements

The Microlight Class Rating can be issued with either of two options. The options are Without Operational Limitations (UNRESTRICTED) or With Operational Limitations (RESTRICTED). The minimum flight training required for the grant of a NPPL with a Microlight Class Rating Without Operational Limitations is - (UNRESTRICTED)

  • Minimum total flight time under instruction 25 hours
  • Minimum flight time solo 10 hours
  • Minimum total navigation flight time 5 hours
  • Minimum solo navigation flight time 3 hours
  • A minimum total of 5 hours navigation flying training must be completed within the period of 9 months immediately prior to licence application or an application to remove operational limitations from an existing licence. The required navigation flying training includes a -

  • minimum of 3 hours of solo
  • navigation flying training to be completed within the 9 month period.
  • The navigation flight training must include two solo qualifying cross-country flights.
  • Each solo qualifying cross country flight must have a -

  • minimum total flight distance of 40 nautical miles
  • a landing at another site which is at least 15 nautical miles
  • The two solo qualifying cross-country flights must be flown over different routes and to different sites.
  • The minimum flight training required for the grant of a NPPL with a Microlight Class Rating With Operational Limitations is - (RESTRICTED)

  • Minimum total flight time under instruction 15 hours
  • Minimum flight time solo 7 hours
  • The Operational Limitations at initial issue are -

  • The licence is valid for flight in the UK only
  • The pilot may not carry any passenger
  • The pilot may not fly with a cloud base less than 1000 feet above ground level or with less than 10 kilometres visibility
  • The pilot may not fly further than 8 nautical miles from take off.
  • As part of your flight training you must take and pass a test with an authorised flight examiner to demonstrate your ability to fly a microlight through all the manoeuvres that you will have learned during training. The test is called a General Skills Test (GST). The flight time of the GST can count towards the minimum total flight time required to obtain the NPPL but not towards the solo minimum time. To ensure that when your licence is issued your skill level and knowledge is current you must have completed the minimum solo flight time, all the navigation flight training and the GST within the nine month period immediately prior to applying for your licence.

    Ground Training Requirements

    The Microlight syllabus lists the subject matter that an applicant for a Microlight Class Rating must understand. There is no minimum requirement for training by an NPPL Microlight Syllabus. The applicant must have demonstrated a knowledge of the subject matter by passing five written examinations. The exam subjects are -

  • Law
  • Aircraft Technical Part 1
  • Human Performance and Limitations
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • The examinations must have been passed within the twenty four months immediately prior to applying for your licence. There is one further examination to complete your demonstration of knowledge of the aircraft type that you have used to complete your GST. This examination is an oral examination and must be conducted by a flight examiner entitled to examine in microlight aircraft. It is usual, but not required, that the examination is conducted at the same time as the GST by the same examiner. The ground oral examination must have been passed within the nine months immediately prior to applying for your licence.

    A copy of the NPPL microlight training Syllabus can be downloaded here (link)

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