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If you're looking to fly an aircraft outside of the microlight category, the LAPL(A) is an affordable step into light aircraft.  You can also add additional ratings to the LAPL(A) in the future, such as night rating, complex and multi-engine. This 30 hour course can also be upgraded to the full PPL(A) later on in your flying career, and eventually the licence can evolve into a Commercial Pilots Licence.  

The LAPL requires a minimum of 30 hours flying time – 10 of which are solo. You’ll take a skills test which will examine your general handling and navigation skills.

There are also nine multiple choice exams to be completed covering important topics including:

There are also nine multiple choice exams to be completed covering important topics including:

  • Aviation Law
  • Human Performance & Limitations
  • Metrology
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of Flight
  • Communications
  • Flight Performance & Planning
  • Aeroplane General Knowledge
  • Navigation

You’ll have to pass a LAPL medical or a class 2 medical with a CAA approved AME (Aviation Medical Examiner). The staff here at Eshott Airfield can help you arrange this - but generally speaking if you’re fit and well enough to drive a car, you’re well enough to fly an aircraft!

When you’ve completed your course, the LAPL(A) will allow you to fly aircraft in daylight hours in reasonable weather - this is known as VFR or Visual Flight Rules. You can also add a night rating to allow you to fly after sunset, and others such as Complex, Tailwheel and Multi Engine.

After completing your training, you can continue to rent aircraft from Eshott Airfield to build your hours towards a commercial career or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery of Northumberland.


The Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL) is a licence that allows most of the benefits of a full Private Pilots Licence but at a lower cost.  

You'll gain your licence a little faster than the PPL and can look to save somewhere in the region of £2500 on the initial issue.  There will however be the restriction on your licence initially to not carry passengers until you have completed 10 hours solo flying on your new licence.  After that initial restriction is removed, you'll have a very useful and usable qualification.  

The LAPL(A) can be upgraded to a PPL at any time, which allows you to fly larger aircraft types and to bolt on more complicated ratings onto your licence such as the multi-engine rating. 

If you are unable to gain a full Class 2 or Class 1 medical which would be a requirement for the PPL, the LAPL(A) is a self declared medical.  


Cessna 150H is £195 per hour.  

The LAPL(A) course at Eshott Airfield is £7350 

Eshott Airfield Membership is £150 per year

Landing fee: Free

Touch & Go: Free



Now that you've taken a look at this licence, you're probably wondering if Eshott Airfield is the place for you?

Eshott Airfield offers an ideal training ground for a variety of reasons, most of which span from the fact we are in the very fortunate position where the airfield itself is operated by the same group of companies that runs the flight school.  The result of this is you'll receive efficient and cost effective training, all within an excellent club atmosphere. 


Unlike many schools and commercial organisations, once you've finished your licence with us, you'll stay to join the club and take advantage of our reciprocal landing agreements where you'll get free landings at a variety of other excellent airfields.  

Eshott is situated in unrestricted airspace, in close proximity to Newcastle Airport which gives us the perfect training environment. It means that in those initial lessons you can focus your capacity on learning to fly the aircraft rather than listening to and carrying out instructions from air traffic. 


The flying club has around 150 members and most know each other on first name terms.  It is an incredibly friendly environment with a dynamic membership base which is always growing due to our new students.   It is the perfect place to continue your flying adventure once you're completed your course, with frequent unofficial fly outs and new aircraft ownership groups forming. 

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