If you're looking to fly an aircraft with a globally recognised licence, the PPL is the course for you.  This course is the first step towards a professional aviation career and will give you the ability to pilot larger aircraft. 

The course gives you the ability to fly nearly every single engine piston (SEP) aircraft.  Aircraft that have a turbine engine require a differences rating which can easily be added to your licence. 

The course requires a minimum of 45 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:

  • Human Performance

  • Aviation Law

  • Meteorology

  • Communications

  • Principles of Flight

  • Operational Procedures

  • Flight Performance & Planning

  • Aircraft General Knowledge, and

  • Navigation


You’ll have to pass a class 2 medical with a CAA approved AME (Aviation Medical Examiner), Purple Aviation 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 PPL(A) will allow you to fly aircraft in daylight hours in reasonable weather - this is known as VFR or Visual Flight Rules. Once you’ve completed your PPL(A) you can add a night rating to allow you to fly after sunset, or an instrument rating to allow you to fly in adverse weather conditions.


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.

Eshott Airfield also offers the Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL). This licence is a more affordable version of the PPL(A) but with additional restrictions such as a maximum aircraft weight of 2000kg and a maximum of three passengers.


The Private Pilots Licence is the most comprehensive initial step into the world of aviation.  If you're looking to take things further and potentially make a career of your passion for flying, this is the course for you.  The PPL(A) is the first step on the modular route to being an airline pilot or commercial pilot. 

You can also add additional ratings to the PPL, such as night, complex, multi-engine & instrument flying and eventually the licence can evolve into a Commercial Pilots Licence. 

If you're looking to fly commercially, the next step will be to build your hours to a level where you can gain your Commercial Pilots Licence.  This phase is known as 'hour building'.  Once you've finished your PPL(A), Eshott Airfield continues to support students and provides a number of options to achieve the hour building in a cost effective and efficient way. 

Whilst the PPL(A) is the bigger step initially, If you only want to fly your family or friends for fun, in European airspace, it might be worth considering the cheaper Light Aircraft Pilots Licence option which is also taught at Eshott Airfield.  


Cessna 150H training is £195 per hour.  

The PPL(A) package at Eshott Airfield is estimated at £9450 

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.