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Private Pilot Course

Everyone who feels like interested, need or passion to fly can learn and become a private pilot. To pass the private pilot exam you must be at least 17 years old. There are no particular demands for the student, but technical thincing would be helpful especially when an instrumental flight or CPL are also intended.

Before becoming a student pilot you have to pass physical check-up. Medical health of private pilot must not be lower than I or II class health requirements.

Depending on students learning capacities and activity and also on weather conditions are courses average lengths from 8 to 12 months. After successful ending of course the private pilot will get internationally acceptable Private Pilot License (PPL) for flying in visual meteorological conditions on single engine piston airplane SEP(land).

Course consists of two parts – theory (169 hours for airplane pilots) and practical flying (45 flight hours).

In theory there will be given general knowledge of:

  • air law and ATC procedures;
  • aircraft construction, engines and flight instruments;
  • aerodynamics;
  • flight planning and performance;
  • radio navigation;
  • meteorology;
  • operational procedures;
  • human performance and limitations;
  • air navigation service.

The practical flying gives knowledge of:

  • preflight procedures;
  • aerodrome manouvering procedures and radio navigation;
  • how to evaluate aircraft’s position visually;
  • how to fly on low speeds, recognize stalling and ..lendama väikestel kiirustel, ära tundma varisemise ja sellest väljatoomise;
  • how to fly on high speeds, recognize spinning and avoiding it;
  • starting and landing in normal conditions as well as from short runway;
  • how to fly using instruments;
  • cross-country flight and how to determine position visually as well as by radio navigation;
  • emergency procedures.

During educational processes there will be several tests on theory and flying skills.

For practical flying an airplane Cessna 172 equipped for instrumental flights and helicopter Robinson 22 are used. Tartu and Tallinn Airports are used as flight bases.

Possible courses after PPL:

  • night qualification (NQ);
  • instrument rating (IR);
  • multi-engine plane (ME);
  • commercial pilot licence (CPL);
  • flying on different types of planes and helicopters.