The Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) teaches you the fundamentals of flight and airmanship.

This is an exciting course that will see you progress from your very first flight, through to your first solo (flying on your own) and then flying confidently alone. At the end of your training you will complete a flight test and (upon successful completion) be awarded a CAA PPL (A).         

It is important to note that the PPL can take longer, depending on when in the year you are training. Drier, finer weather will make scheduling consistent lessons more feasible which is often why students look to complete their training during the summer months. This is a self-contained module, taken by many as a recreational licence. However, at FTA we deliver the training with an expectation that you will progress on to more advanced commercial instruction and so the training is delivered with that progression in mind.

The CAA PPL (A) is a licence that allows unrestricted visual flight anywhere in the UK. 


The course is broken down as follows:

  • Ground school: multiple-choice examinations
  • Dual flying: 25-35 hours
  • Solo flying: 10 hours
  • Total flying: 45 hours

You must pass nine theoretical exams, to include:

  • Air law
  • Human performance
  • Meteorology
  • Communications
  • Principles of flight
  • Operational procedures
  • Flight performance and planning
  • Aircraft general knowledge
  • Navigation.

Entry Requirements

As this is a recreational licence, you only require a valid Class two medical certificate before first solo flight. Should you wish to progress on to the training require to work for an airline, it is advised that you secure a class one medical before you start your course. Some airlines also have academic requirements, which includes 5 GCSEs (including English and Maths) and preferably two A Levels.

You must be at least 18 years old to enrol on the PPL course with FTA Global. 


We offer the Private Pilot's Licence Instruction in both a Piper PA28 and Diamond DA40 aircraft. Dan is a Flight Instructor and completed his commercial flight training in both the PA28 and DA40.  Here he explains the difference very well:

"I like the PA28 because of its stability and conventional instrument layout. Having recently transitioned to the Diamond fleet, I have however appreciated a lot more the ergonomics of a glass cockpit – particularly so during the instrument rating. I think that if you understand the system and controls in the diamond you’re in a perfect position to understand those of larger passenger aircraft".

Piper PA28


The Piper PA28 is a single-engine aircraft. Dependable and resilient with responsive handling, the Warrior is an ideal aircraft for the demands of student pilot training. Built on the same quality of its Cherokee ancestry, the Warrior comes equipped with a 160 hp Lycoming engine. The Warrior is an exceptional training platform to meet a multitude of flight school requirements.

Students that choose this option tend to do so as the course is slightly cheaper, and they enjoy the handling and joy that comes with flying a more conventional aircraft.

Diamond DA40


The Diamond Star DA40 is a four seat, single-engine Diamond Star DA40 ideal for training commercial pilots. It has 135 Horse power and features similar systems found in modern commercial airline jets.

All our DA40 aircraft are equipped with the Garmin 1000 Electronic Flight Instrument System (EFIS). The aircraft handles very well, you fly using a control stick rather than a column, and you have good all round visibility thanks to the bubble canopy. The sophisticated systems make for an seamless transition from training aircraft to commercial airlines. 

Our students appreciate how the DA40 offers great preparation for the later stages of their pilot training. FTA Graduate and Pilot, Ryan explains:

"The diamond aircraft look fantastic and are unique. It is a very well equipped professional fleet. They are perfect to use for flight training, and I really enjoy flying them. Going from the Diamond DA40 to DA42 was a step, but not huge. The DA42 is powerful, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed due to my practice in the DA40. The second engine is very noticeable, and the flying is pretty special."

Course Fee

If you complete your course in the Piper PA28 the cost is £13,015 (inc VAT).

If you choose to complete your training Diamond DA40 then the course price is £14,935, earliest availability is currently 2022. Please contact us to be kept informed of any changes.

A deposit of £1,500 is required to secure your place. Course fees include first attempts at the PPL skill test, all 9 PPL written exams, and the practical radio telephony exam. 

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