Tue Jan 19, 2021 10:03 am #1820989
IWF wrote:Thanks all
Perhaps I’ve the LAPL wrong then. I’d assumed the 32 hours listed as the requirement for the LAPL includes the 10 hours PIC necessary to carry passengers. I didn’t read as being essentially 32 plus 10. That being the case I now understand why people say it’s not worth difference. Bugger,, back to the drawing board
But thanks for the welcome all the same.
As a matter of interest what generally are the reasons few manage within the minimum hours ? Anything g specific ?
I think you are being given some incorrect information here. The minimum requirement for LAPL is 30 hours of instruction. To take passengers requires an additional 10 hours flight time as P1 without passengers.
For NPPL the minimum is 32 hours.
I instruct LAPL and we certainly have no shortage of students. Some will move up in due course to a PPL but most won't. The difference in cost for an abinitio course is around £2000 not a small sum and I think most LAPL students don't find the 10 hours alone onerous, in fact most enjoy having the freedom to fly alone having spent many hours with an instructor next to them.
The instructional exercises a LAPL student carries out are exactly the same as a PPL student with the omission of EX18C - Radio Navigation and EX19 - Basic instrument flight. The Qualifying Cross Country flight is shorter and lands at just one other airfield, however the standard to which a LAPL is examined is the same as for a PPL and the skill test is virtually the same. The instructor teaching you will have qualified on the same FI course as a PPL instructor.
Students do finish LAPL's in minimum hours, some do, some don't, the same is true of PPL's. Everyone is different. I'd advise you to be careful of the mindset that says, "I've taken 45 hours to pass my LAPL. I may as well have done a PPL". Experience has shown it doesn't always work out that way.
Finally have you considered that moving from a LAPL to a PPL has the same amount of training plus an additional skills test? This can be an option. Do a LAPL first, then enjoy your flying and later upgrade to a PPL if you want to. You can do that while carrying on flying on your LAPL and fit in the training for the PPL when it suits you. You only need ten hours of additional training, 4 of which is supervised solo including the PPL QXE and five other hours of flying then a PPL skills test.
Don't forget that you can add a night rating and an aerobatics rating to a LAPL and you can fly some fairly chunky aircraft in the just under 2000kg category so for many pilots LAPL is enough.
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