All countries have a regulation when it comes to issuing flight permits and there are generally payments involved in getting a permit. Getting a permit means a pilot is authorised to overfly, stop for technical reasons, land and exit a country’s territory. The process involved in the issuance of these permits vary from country to country and this can be found in the civil aviation websites of each country. There are steps you need to take towards acquiring this licence which will enable you to participate in almost all types of flying. The step to obtaining a licence begins with training and your training will include:
- Exams in different subjects as well as ground training
- Flying lessons where you will be accompanied by an instructor
- Solo flying training
Whether you are recreational flyer or you belong to flying club, there are two different types of pilot license that you can choose from.
PPL (Private Pilot’s License)
With this kind of licence, you are entitled to pilot an aircraft privately and without a commercial passengers. It is equivalent to a driver’s license and requires renewal after every 5 years. You have to pass a medical examination, and fly a specified number of hours per year to maintain your rating. Some of this must be solo flying, if you must qualify to take the practical exam.
LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilot’s License)
The LAPL concept was created to simplify the training process and to make it shorter, so it is perfect for people who just wants to make the most of flying. It includes 30 hours of flying time and with some extra LAPL training, you can be upgraded to the PPL.
The minimum age to hold a licence for a glider and balloon is 16 and for aeroplanes and helicopter, 17 years old is the minimum.