Lesson package LAPL/PPL
Become a pilot! You can order a complete training package for your Recreational Pilot License - Micro Light Aircraft (RPL-MLA), Light Aircraft Pilot License (LAPL) or Private Pilot License (PPL) license via Vliegles.nl at a reduced rate. For flight training, we work together with ATO certified flight schools in the Netherlands.
The package consists of: - 30 flying hours with instructor (RPL-MLA); or - 30 flight hours with instructor (LAPL); or - 45 flight hours with instructor (PPL)
You can choose between lessons in a standard aircraft, or opt for an upgrade at an additional cost. With the RPL-MLA, the Tecnam P92 2000RG is standard. You can upgrade to lessons in a Blackshape Prime. For the lessons for the LAPL and PPL you fly as standard in an Aero AT3 and you can upgrade to a four-person Cessna 172. The flying lessons take place from Lelystad Airport. Of course, there are ample English speaking instructors available.
RPL-MLA, LAPL or PPL?
There are three types of pilot's licenses for private flyers; RPL-MLA, LAPL and PPL:
- RPL-MLA: the lowest exam requirements and a low starting weight. The RPL-MLA license is a nationally recognized license that allows you to fly in aircrafts with no more than two seats. The starting weight of the plane may not exceed 450 kg. These types of aircraft are inexpensive to fly.
- LAPL: limited exam requirements, but also more restrictions with respect to the PPL: your starting weight can be a maximum of 2000 kg, a maximum of 4 occupants (including the pilot) and you can fly with passengers only after completing 10 hours as pilot in command after your exam.
- PPL: higher exam requirements, the mentioned limitations of the MLA and LAPL do not apply. You can extend a PPL license with:
- Instrument Rating: for flying with insufficient visibility
- Aerobatic Rating: for performing aerobatic flights
- Night Rating: to fly outside daylight conditions
- Mountain Rating: needed for some airfields in mountain areas
The RPL-MLA is a national license. You can fly outside of the Netherlands, but sometimes you have to ask permission in advance from the country. LAPL and PPL are European licenses. You may fly on aircraft registered in one of the EU states. When flying outside the EU with your LAPL, you need persmission from the countries authorities. This does not apply to PPL because it is internationally accredited.
The licenses are always valid for one category of aircraft. You can have a LAPL for fixed wing aircraft (A), helicopters (H), hot air balloons (B) and sail planes/gliders (S). A PPL is available for fixed wing aircraft (A) and helicopters (H). The category is denoted after your license type: like PPL(A) for fixed wing aircraft.
What you can fly
With a PPL license you have one or more class- or typeratings. Examples of class ratings:
- Single Engine Piston (SEP-land/sea): single engine land- or seaplanes with a piston engine
- Multi Engine Piston (MEP-land/sea): same, but for multi engine
- Touring Motor Glider (TMG): for motorized saiplanes
Aside from the class ratings, there are typeratings. They apply to one type of plane only. E.g. the Boeing 737.
For RPL-MLA and LAPL licenses, there are no class- or typeratings. This is part of the license itself.
To take flying lessons, no special preliminary training is needed. Proper knowledge of the English language is the only real requirement. If you took math and science lessons at school, then your entrance level should be fine.
There is no minimum age to fly, although most schools use the age of 8 for a first lesson. Training for the pilot's license is often started from the age of 15. From the age of 16 you can fly solo and you have to be at least 17 years old to take an exam.
To obtain your license you must complete the following parts:
- Practical lessons
- Medical examination
- Radio communication
- Language Proficiency Endorsement (LPE)
The theoretical part consists of 9 courses which are examined in 7 sessions:
- Aircraft General Knowledge / Principles of Flight
- Flight Performance and Planning
- Air Law / Operational Procedures
- Human Performance and Limitations
- Radio communication
You need to complete all exams in a period of 18 months. After completing your theory exames, you have to take your practical exam within 24 months.
Before you can take your theory exams, you need to follow classroom training.
In the practical part of the course, you will fly a lot. Not only with an instructor but also as a Student Pilot in Command (solo). This is quite different from getting your drivers license! To be eligible for the practical exam, you need a minimum number of flying hours:
- RPL-MLA and LAPL: 30 hours: at least 15 hours with instructor and at least 6 hours solo
- PPL: 45 hours: at least 25 hours with instructor and at least 10 hours solo
This number of hours is included in the training package. Some students need more hours, you can book this separately at the regular rate. To fly solo, you need a medical certificate and be at least 16 years old. To obtain your license, you also must fly cross country to 1 or 2 other airfields. You have to fly at least 80 (RPL-MLA or LAPL) or 150 nautical miles (PPL).
You need to be medically fit to fly. To get your license you'll need to undergo a medical examination at a certified aeromedical agency. You need a re-examination every one to five years, depending on your age.
Radio communication and LPE
Next to the theoretical part of radio communication, you also need to take practical lessons and do an exam. You'll practice the radio communication with the tower and flight information services. You'll note that most of this communication follows rather strict guidelines. Sometimes you need to explain in English what is happening. Therefore you also need a sufficient language proficiency. It is tested with the LPE an it is quite common to have it together with the radio exam.
Keeping your license valid
After getting your license you need to keep it valid over time:
- You do not have to extend an MLA license. You do, however, have to fly for at least 12 hours as a Pilot in Command per 24 months and take a proficiency check (re-exam) once every 24 months
- For a LAPL you only have to fly at least 12 hours per 24 months as a Pilot in Command
- LAPL licenses don't need extensions. However, you need to fly as a Pilot In Command for 12 hours in the 24 months before each new flight.
- PPL licenses have to be extended. Your SEP/TMG classrating is valid for 2 years. In the second year, you need to fly at least 12 hours as captain. Also you need a trainingflight of at least one hour. If you missed those, you need to fly a proficiency check.
Join the happy few
As you might have noticed there is a lot to look after when getting your flying license and to keep it. It is however an experience of a lifetime. Most pilots will describe their first solos as more memorable than their wedding or birth of their childs. Chances are however, that no one will ever admit it publicly ;-)
Whether you complete your training, take a lot or only some lessons: the fun starts from the first hour of flight. We have tried to answer all practical questions you might have.
If theres anything else we can help you with: contact us.
This flight training does not include the costs of third parties, such as:
- theoretical training, radiotelephony / RT course (external training institution)
- the purchase of theory books (bookstore)
- landing fees (airport)
- exam costs (plane, examiner costs and CBR for the theory exams)
- issue of your license (KIWA)
- medical examination (medical examiner)
|Persons||1 - 3|
|With a private workshop you are the only participant. Some workshops are always organized as a private workshop, others for a supplement or it is not possible.|
|Only available during in its season. Please check the validity of your voucher.|
|Age||Min. 16 years|
|Valid for||1 year|
|How long the voucher is valid after issue.|
|MLA (30 hours) Tecnam||€ 4,949|
|LAPL: (30 hours) AT3||€ 7,199|
|PPL: (45 hours) AT3||€ 10,799|
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- If you are unexpectedly unable to pass the flight medical examination, you will be reimbursed for the unused part of your curriculum (only if you have done the initial examination within 2 months of purchasing your voucher)
- Your voucher for the lesson package is valid for 1 year: you must make your first flying lesson within one year of purchasing the voucher. Your lesson credit is then valid for 3 years
- If you need more instruction hours, you can purchase these for the usual rate. This is € 199 for the Tecnam P92, € 249 for the Aero AT-3 and € 299 per flight hour for the Cessna 172 and Blackshape Prime (subject to change)
- For the 4 person aircraft the maximum weight (student + passengers) is 260 kg.
- For the 2 person aircraft the maximum weight of the student is 120 kg.
- Maximum length of the student is 2,05 m for the 4 person aircraft. For the 2 person aircraft this is 1,95 m.
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