NATIONAL PILOTS LICENCE - NPPL(M)
If you’re looking to fly microlights recreationally and share the adventure with a friend or family member at an affordable rate, the NPPL(M) might be the licence for you. However, it isn't without it's limitations and after changes in the aviation laws in 2019, we do not generally recommend the NPPL(M) to our students.
Microlights are defined by their weight class and are essentially just small aircraft designed for one or two people. NPPL(M) training from Eshott Airfield is carried out on the EV97 Eurostar - fast, comfortable and modern aircraft that make ideal touring machines once you’ve learnt to fly.
If you'd be interested in a flying experience in our fantastic EV97, take a look at some of the options here.
The NPPL(M) requires a minimum of 25 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:
- Aviation Law
- Human Performance & Limitations
- Aeroplane General Knowledge
An advantage to the NPPL(M) is the self declared medical. 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 NPPL(M) will allow you to fly aircraft in daylight hours in reasonable weather - this is known as Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flying.
After completing your training, you can continue to rent aircraft from Eshott Airfield to build your hours or simply enjoy the beautiful scenery of Northumberland.
The school at Eshott Airfield also offers the Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL). This licence is a more affordable version of the Private Pilots Licence but with some additional restrictions such as a maximum aircraft weight of 2000kg and a maximum of three passengers.
IS THIS COURSE FOR ME?
The NPPL(M) has traditionally been the most cost effective way to get into flying. That is still the case technically with just 25 hours needed as a legal minimum to get your licence. Microlights are fantastic machines, but you'll have read in the introduction to this course, that we don't usually recommend the NPPL(M) as a course.
In April 2019 certain aviation rules changed which means now that the NPPL(M) can no longer be upgraded. This means that if you one day decided that you wanted to carry more than just one passenger, add additional ratings (such as night or instrument), fly abroad or even fly anything other than the ultra lightweight microlight machines, you'd have to start an LAPL(A) or PPL(A) from scratch.
It is important to understand that whilst the course appears significantly cheaper, it is unlikely you will be ready to test in just 25 hours of training. To put that into context, most people take around 30 hours to learn to drive a car. At Eshott Airfield, we estimate it will take you around 30 hours to complete the NPPL(M), which actually brings the price close to the cost of the LAPL(A) - a licence that gives you full potential.
TRAINING RATES FOR NPPL(M)
Evektor EV97 Eurostar is £140 per hour.
The NPPL(M) package at Eshott Airfield is £3950
Eshott Airfield Membership is £130 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.