TLRippon wrote:This is coming from an instructor who is restricted to LAPL business, so we will also be out of a job and before anyone says it, no the CAA won’t be able to let us teach PPL as the CPL TK is an ICAO requirement.
Can still teach the NPPL though?
Nope, not in the aircraft we have at our club, all EASA and on a personal level, despite what the myopic may think, many LAPL holders want to fly in Europe not just in the UK. We are running a novice pilot and student flyout to Lille next month which will be oversubscribed, mainly with LAPL holders.
My main concern is for new students coming through now. Where do they stand? Those with licences already can start the upgrade path to PPL.
We have 4 LAPL restricted instructors at our club and produce a disproportionately high number of new LAPL holders each year, the revenue of our club will suffer if we leave EASA.
Over the last three years the number of new licence holders per annum has almost tripled where I work, due to the management and CFI embracing the LAPL as a positive supplement to the PPL student base, rather than a second class rating we hear trotted out from some on this forum. Instructor and aircraft utilisation are up and the number of club members is up.
I would be sceptical of a regime where a licence equivalent to the LAPL was not available, same price, same training requirements and it was suggested that we would achieve the same growth with NPPL and PPL only.