Vliegschool Hilversum offers two different flight training courses for a private pilots license: the Light Aircraft Pilot License (LAPL) and Private Pilot License (PPL).

With the LAPL license you can fly in European airspace in a Single Engine Piston aircraft SEP(A) with nothing heavier than 2000 kg and not take more than 3 passengers.

A conversion from LAPL to PPL is possible.

With a PPL license you can fly worldwide in a Single Engine Piston aircraft SEP(A). Unlike the LAPL license, you can also add the following ratings to the PPL:

  • Aerobatic rating
  • Banner towing rating
  • Night rating
  • Mountain rating
  • Multi-Engine rating
  • Flight-Instructor rating

The choice of a LAPL or PPL license depends on many factors, such as time, money, and what you want to do with your license. In practice, LAPL students halfway through the training transfer to the PPL training. This is because then the statutory number of hours of training for the LAPL of 30 (FCL.110.A) is exceeded, and besides that a new syllabus a re-examination and an initial license must be issued. If you take these costs into account, then the price difference is limited.

You can start the flying lessons at any time. Often the first step is a single trial lesson of 45 minutes or more in our basic trainer the Tecnam, or a trial lesson package of three or five flight hours, during which you get to know the flight and aircraft characteristics. If you choose the Cessna or Piper, then you can also bring someone in the backseat, or you can take part in the Back Seater program. Want to combine a trial lesson to learn equally about all three types of aircraft in our fleet? Then choose a mixed fleet trial lesson package which includes the simulator. With this option you fly for one hour in the Tecnam, one hour in the Cessna, one hour in the Piper Warrior and one hour in the simulator. See our webshop for all of our trial lesson options.

For all our courses at our school we use our own syllabi when you start the program. Here you will see the lesson structure for PPL training with the legally required 45 flight hours (FCL.210.A) that you must fly with an instructor (dual) or solo. The LAPL program has substantially the same structure, but with five fewer solo hours and you do not have to do any instrument exercises.

During the first flying lessons you basically learn how to fly straight&level, make turns, climb and descend. After exercises such as slow flight and stalls you are going to learn landing in preparation for your first solo flight. Yes, you read it right; you can therefore already fly solo without having a license. This is in contrast to getting your driver’s license, for example. All pilots can remember their first solo flight like it was yesterday. It’s a great moment which we like to share on Facebook and on our Solo/Success page. Be sure to check out this page to get an impression of the instructors and students. Between the lessons 4 Progress Tests take place, covering all previous exercises from that stage.

Navigation is discussed after a few hours of solo flying. First under the guidance of your instructor and then you can fly solo to other airports.

Experience shows that most candidates require on average 5 to 10 more flight hours than the legally required number. This depends on lesson frequency, ability and age.

A lesson instruction consists in total 1 hour and 45 minutes. The flight itself takes about 1 hour and before and after the flight a briefing takes place. You’ll also be given an impression of how a flight looks. Together with an instructor you will practice making a precautionary landing in the low flying area, about halfway through the PPL training.

If the flight visibility is below the legal range, we have a bad weather program, covering for example COMM/VOR/GPS equipment, theory lesson, emergency procedures or the various scenarios in our VSH Flight Simulator. We also give you free access to the Currency&Conversion program. This is an online database with questions from the Pilot Operating Handbook (POH) of the plane you are flying in.

FCL.105.A   LAPL(A) — Privileges and conditions

(a)   The privileges of the holder of an LAPL for aeroplanes are to act as PIC on single-engine piston aeroplanes-land or TMG with a maximum certificated take-off mass of 2 000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers, such that there are never more than 4 persons on board of the aircraft.

(b)   Holders of an LAPL(A) shall only carry passengers after they have completed, after the issuance of the licence, 10 hours of flight time as PIC on aeroplanes or TMG.

FCL.110.A   LAPL(A) — Experience requirements and crediting

(a)   Applicants for an LAPL(A) shall have completed at least 30 hours of flight instruction on aeroplanes or TMGs, including at least:

(1)

15 hours of dual flight instruction in the class in which the skill test will be taken;

(2)

6 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 3 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross-country flight of at least 150 km (80 NM), during which 1 full stop landing at an aerodrome different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made.

(b)   Specific requirements for applicants holding an LAPL(S) with TMG extension. Applicants for an LAPL(A) holding an LAPL(S) with TMG extension shall have completed at least 21 hours of flight time on TMGs after the endorsement of the TMG extension and complied with the requirements of FCL.135.A(a) on aeroplanes.

(c)   Crediting. Applicants with prior experience as PIC may be credited towards the requirements in (a).

The amount of credit shall be decided by the ATO where the pilot undergoes the training course, on the basis of a pre-entry flight test, but shall in any case:

(1)

not exceed the total flight time as PIC;

(2)

not exceed 50 % of the hours required in (a);

(3)

not include the requirements of (a)(2).

FCL.205.A   PPL(A) — Privileges

(a)   The privileges of the holder of a PPL(A) are to act without remuneration as PIC or co-pilot on aeroplanes or TMGs engaged in non-commercial operations.

(b)   Notwithstanding the paragraph above, the holder of a PPL(A) with instructor or examiner privileges may receive remuneration for:

(1)

the provision of flight instruction for the LAPL(A) or PPL(A);

(2)

the conduct of skill tests and proficiency checks for these licences;

(3)

the ratings and certificates attached to these licences.

FCL.210.A   PPL(A) — Experience requirements and crediting

(a)   Applicants for a PPL(A) shall have completed at least 45 hours of flight instruction in aeroplanes, 5 of which may have been completed in an FSTD, including at least:

(1)

25 hours of dual flight instruction; and

(2)

10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross-country flight of at least 270 km (150 NM), during which full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made.

(b)   Specific requirements for applicants holding an LAPL(A). Applicants for a PPL(A) holding an LAPL(A) shall have completed at least 15 hours of flight time on aeroplanes after the issue of the LAPL(A), of which at least 10 shall be flight instruction completed in a training course at an ATO. This training course shall include at least 4 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least 2 hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least 1 cross-country flight of at least 270 km (150 NM), during which full stop landings at 2 aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made.

(c)   Specific requirements for applicants holding an LAPL(S) with a TMG extension. Applicants for a PPL(A) holding an LAPL(S) with a TMG extension shall have completed:

(1)

at least 24 hours of flight time on TMG after the endorsement of the TMG extension; and

(2)

15 hours of flight instruction in aeroplanes in a training course at an ATO, including at least the requirements of (a)(2).

(d)   Crediting. Applicants holding a pilot licence for another category of aircraft, with the exception of balloons, shall be credited with 10 % of their total flight time as PIC on such aircraft up to a maximum of 10 hours. The amount of credit given shall in any case not include the requirements in (a)(2).

If you are available full-time, you can get certified in 4 months. The majority of our students pass the practical exam within six months to two years after they arrive for the first lesson with us.

In addition to the flying lessons, you also need to follow a theory course and the following certificates:

Medical

Medical voorbeeld

LPE

Radiotelephony

A complete list of all requirements is shown schematically here:

As can be seen in the diagram, we conduct a final check with the “Skill-test question” program. These are “examiner” questions we have collected over the years (English translation is in progress).

When comparing prices between flight training courses, be sure that all costs are included. Inquire carefully because flight hours are not the only costs involved. With everything included, an LAPL and a PPL training costs, respectively, about €12,000 and €16,000.

A large part of the costs are beyond the control of a flight school and thus you should choose a flight school on other grounds. For example, consider this extensive site, our newsletters, innovative learning tools such as e-learning, the VSH GA Flight Simulator, our well-maintained fleet, instructors with a passion for practice and theory, etc. All of this is available to give you the proper training and make you feel comfortable also after the training.

Incidentally, you do not have to pay for the whole program at once because you are only charged for each section as you use it or per flying lesson. For starters, we have trial lesson packages and the theory/practical starting package. You can also borrow a headset from us and you do not need a medical examination and a VFR card until your first solo flight.

For the LAPL, even after you have passed your practical exam you will still need a few solo flight hours before you are allowed to carry passengers. Thus, if you want to fly with passengers in the Netherlands you must have 10 hours on your LAPL license. For the PPL this requirement does not apply, as there are already 10 solo hours in the training.

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FCL.105.A   LAPL(A) — Privileges and conditions

(a)   The privileges of the holder of an LAPL for aeroplanes are to act as PIC on single-engine piston aeroplanes-land or TMG with a maximum certificated take-off mass of 2 000 kg or less, carrying a maximum of 3 passengers, such that there are never more than 4 persons on board of the aircraft.

(b)   Holders of an LAPL(A) shall only carry passengers after they have completed, after the issuance of the licence, 10 hours of flight time as PIC on aeroplanes or TMG.

And after your certification? First of all, it’s something you can be proud of because you’ve completed a really serious training. After you are certified you can go flying with friends, family and acquaintances. And you can fly around alone regularly. But you have probably not done the training just to fly alone; it is a hobby that you will want to share. Therefore, what could be better than getting in touch with other pilots with the same hobby? You can even take flying trips together arranged by yourself or through the flight school. One pilot can fly while the other navigates or operates the radio and on the return flight you can switch places. If you have not already met these friends during the flight training, we have created a “Flying Buddies” page on Facebook where you can find fellow pilots within our organization or have a look at our event page to sign up for trips.

Our experienced instructors, who have completed many instruction and flight hours, are ready to start your training. You determine the time and we connect you to the instructor.

Would you like to meet with us and take a guided tour? Please contact us for an appointment with our Head of Training.

Frank
Frank
Head of Training, Instructor Rating, Examiner, Instrument Rating, Multi Engine Rating, Multi Crew Coördination, Touring Motor Glider, >3000 hrs
available for flying lessons: Monday and Thursday
Adeline
Adeline
Instructor Rating
Instrument Rating
Multi Engine Rating
Multi Crew Coördination
>4000 hrs
available for flying lessons: Saturday
Ludo
Ludo
Instructor Rating
Instrument Rating
Multi Engine Rating
Multi Crew Coördination
>4000 hrs
available for flying lessons: Wednesday
Rutger
Rutger
Instructor Rating
Instrument Rating
Multi Engine Rating
Multi Crew Coördination
Night Rating
Aerobatic Rating
available for flying lessons: Saturday
Vivian
Vivian
Instructor Rating
Instrument Rating
>1000 hrs
available for flying lessons: Sunday
Hans tHJ
Hans tHJ
Instructor Rating
Instrument Rating
>4000 hrs
available for flying lessons: Sunday
Marc
Marc
Instructor Rating
Instrument Rating
>3000 hrs
available for flying lessons: Sunday
Klaas
Klaas
Instructor Rating
Instrument Rating
Multi Engine Rating
>10000 hrs
available for flying lessons: on request
John
John
Instructor Rating
>10000 hrs
available for flying lessons: during the week
Irvin
Irvin
Instructor Rating
>4000 hrs
available for flying lessons: Friday