Crediting PPL(H) Towards PPL(A)

Can I carry any previous experience from a PPL(H) towards the issue of a PPL(A)? (Updated: 26/12/2013)

An applicant for the PPL(A) who holds 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.

It is important to note however the PPL(A) requires a minimum of 45 Hours total flight training. This is broken down as follows:

    • 25 Hrs - Dual
    • 10 Hrs - Solo
    • 10 Hrs - Mix of dual / solo

In practice, the hours credited from your PPL(H) experience will be used to help fulfil the requirements in the last of these categories - the 10 Hrs which can be a mix of dual or solo. There is still the requirement to ensure that 10 Hrs solo, as described below, is completed on a fixed-wing aircraft:

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.

The following ground exams, which are specific to aircraft categories, must be passed:

    • Principles of Flight
    • Operational Procedures
    • Flight Performance & Planning
    • Aircraft General Knowledge
    • Navigation

Further Guidance:

CAP804 - Part I, Section 4 Part C, Subpart 1

CAP804 - Part I, Section 4 Part L, Appendix 1