Pilot licences can either be for professional flying i.e. flying to work or for general aviation (GA) i.e. flying for fun!
With over 14,000 holders of the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) Private Pilot Licence (PPL)*, this is generally the ‘go-to’ GA licence for hobbyists. But, have you considered the other licences available? Would you be surprised to hear that gaining one may even involve recording fewer hours in your log book to meet the requirements?
Licences can be either EASA & Non-EASA
EASA or the ‘European Aviation Safety Authority’ is the European Union Authority for aviation safety. One of the main activities of the organisation includes the certification of aviation products – including licences.
Both aircraft and licences are classified as EASA and non-EASA and they are inextricably linked- the licence you hold will govern what type of aircraft you can fly and how far you can fly it.
In the UK, all aircraft can be flown with an appropriate EASA licence; however, for some aircraft you do not need an EASA licence and can have a Non EASA or ‘National’ licence instead.
What can I do with a GA EASA licence?
What can I do with a GA Non – EASA licence
Also known as a national licence you will be able to fly Non – EASA aircraft within UK airspace.
Used if you want to fly vintage, home-made (that’s right, home-made!) or experimental aircraft, these are issued by national aviation authority like the UK CAA. You’ll then follow different rules in each country.
With a few exceptions, aircraft than can be flown with a national licence will include the following:
A quick guide to GA Licence Types
Private Pilot Licence