Name: Light Aircraft Pilot Licence
What’s this and what does it authorize to?
Don’t let the name disturb you. No, this isn’t a licence for airframe with engine or UL (Ultralight) airplanes. This licence means you may fly airplanes with one engine and piston with quite a few hours of flying (30), but only in the same aircraft category or with the same type which you have flown during your training and the exam. So if your training airplane were a Falke, you might fly only with a Falke, not with a Dimona. With few hours long trainings (3-5) you can complete your licence with different aircraft classes at anytime. You may fly with the permitted airplane from sunrise to sunset according to the Visual Flight Rules (5 km horizontal and 300 m vertical visibility).
Who and why?
LAPL is the perfect solution for those who want to buy an own airplane and who won’t want to fly by other planes. This licence could be also good, if your money for the annual flying is limited. After all you can get your LAPL in one year and then the next year (or whenever you want) you can go for the PPL. (With PPL you may fly by different kind of airplanes.) If you don’t get Class 2 EASA Part-MED because of some medical reasons but you still want to fly then LAPL is a good choice for you, too.
How can you start it?
For the beginning you need an ‘easier’ LAPL medical classification (like the medical classification for the driving licence). The training can be started at the age of 15, but you may fly on your own only at the age of 16. To fly on your own you need to accomplish the theoretical training successfully. The candidate can be sent to the official examination the earliest at the age of 17.
The course of the training:
The theoretical training consists of subjects such as knowledge of the airplane (airframes, powerplant), base of aviation (aerodynamics), communication, meteorology, navigation, air law, air operational procedures, human performance etc. After the theoretical training you have to fly 30 hours mostly with an instructor. Then you got your LAPL and you can fly on your own in good weather according to VFR in the airspace of Hungary. (If you flew 10 hours on your own after you got your licence, you could also take non-paying passengers (friends, relatives) with you.)
What’s the next?
If it’s enough to you to fly only with a given airplane in good weather according to VFR in the airspace of Hungary, then your only task is to enjoy your licence. If you want to go on and want to fly at night or in bad weather, or you want to become professional pilot someday, the next step is getting the PPL (Private Pilot Licence). This is quite easy because you only need a Class 2 EASE Part-MED, some extra theoretical training and 15 hours of flying.