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By iaindings
#1614137
So I find myself with 20 dual hours and 10 solo hours (lapl minimums met). For the lapl I just need to do a dual land away xc then do the same one solo for my qxc, followed by a few hours practice.

I’ve decided to go the LAPL route for a few reasons

1 I can get it done before the bad weather sets in and comfortably within financial limits
2 while its not much more expensive to have the instructor, having the LAPL does mean I can buy an hours building package and make solo quite a bit cheaper
3 the skills test is still hours flown so isn’t wasted, I’ll upgrade it to the PPL next year and onto other things in due course
4 I won’t need to exercise any of the PPL benefits until I’ve got quite a lot more hours anyway
By Bathman
#1614144
Unfortunately the CAA do not see it that way

The PPL is a 45 hour course and the LAPL a 30 hour course and you can't chop and change.

So if you have done say 44 hours towards a PPL and then decide you want a LAPL then you have to start again and do the full 30 hour LAPL ourse.

I should add I don't make the rulesand would of course love to be proved wrong.
By iaindings
#1614145
I’m going along with what my school told me, we haven’t even spoken about what track I’m taking until now (as it’s identical to this point)

The requirements on the CAA website make no mention of any limitations along those lines that I can find either
By NDB_hold
#1615250
Bathman wrote:Unfortunately the CAA do not see it that way

The PPL is a 45 hour course and the LAPL a 30 hour course and you can't chop and change.

So if you have done say 44 hours towards a PPL and then decide you want a LAPL then you have to start again and do the full 30 hour LAPL ourse.

I should add I don't make the rulesand would of course love to be proved wrong.


That seems unduly restrictive where the exercises overlap. Of course, if your instructor is LAPL only (no CPL exams passed) then you couldn’t change your mind mid course and 'upgrade'. (That’s probably why some are saying LAPL instructors charge less, too.)
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By Irv Lee
#1615257
I have heard of one or two schools are telling students that they can get a nppl ssea now and convert it as before to a lapl as "everything" has been delayed til April next year now. Unfortunately that bit hasn't.