What’s the Difference Between the EASA PPL & LAPL?

It’s confusing when you’re starting out as a student pilot. There’s so much information to absorb. Hopefully this post will clarify one big question: “What’s the difference between the PPL and LAPL?”

A PPL vs LAPL comparison follows…

 

1. Training


► EASA LAPL
  • 30 hours flight training, 6 hours solo of which 3 hours must be cross country.

 

► EASA PPL
  • 45 hours flight training, 10 hours solo of which 5 hours must be cross country.

 

2. Cross Country Qualifier


► EASA LAPL
  • 80nm landing at one aerodrome different than departure.

 

► EASA PPL
  • 150nm landing at two aerodromes different than departure.

 

3. Privileges


► EASA LAPL

PIC without passengers until 10 hrs PIC since to 2000kg with max 4 PoB (incl. pilot), licence issue has been gained, then PIC with for which a Class Rating is held. Passengers on single engined land planes or TMGs of up to 2000kg with max 4 PoB (incl. pilot).

 

► EASA PPL

Holders of PPL (A) are to act without remuneration as PIC or co-pilot on aeroplanes or TMGS engaged in non-commercial operations.

Notwithstanding the paragraph above, the holder of a PPL(A) with instructor or examiner privileges is allowed to be paid for the:

  • Provision of flight instruction for the LAPL(A) or PPL(A).
    • Conducting of skill tests and proficiency checks for these licences.
    • Instruction of ratings and certificates attached to these licences.

 

4. Limitations


► EASA LAPL
  • VFR day/night EU airspace only (if qualified) .
  • Weather minima VFR in sight of surface.
  • 1.5km visibility outside controlled airspace or 5km in class C, D, E airspace.

 

► EASA PPL
  • VFR day/night EU airspace and abroad e.g. USA, Australia etc. (if qualified)
  • VFR in sight of surface.
  • 1.5km visibility outside controlled airspace or 5km in class C, D, E airspace.

 

5. Validity


► EASA LAPL
  • Non Expiring Lifetime License

 

► EASA PPL
  • Non Expiring Lifetime License

 

What licence is best for you? The PPL or the LAPL?


If you’re looking for more detailed information on what either licence entails, we recommend reading content from our About Aviation section. The following posts might be helpful: