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Private Pilot License (PPL)


The airplane PPL – Private Pilot License course is for all of those who wish to start flying, for pure fun or personal pleasure, or who seek to start a pilot career at their own pace and phased investment.

If you have always dreamed of flying but not as a commercial pilot, if you passed the opportunity and think you are no longer young or if you are not yet sure of a career in commercial aviation, this is the course for you.

If you wish to pursue a career as an airline pilot, the PPL(A) course allows progression through ATPL(A) Modular course, thus taking advantage of the investment made.

Normal Course

12 months

Approximately 12 months
E-Learning OR In-Person Theory Program

Financing Available

Fast Course

8 Weeks

Approximately 8 Weeks
E-Learning Theory Program

Financing Available

Course Description

Normal Course

The objective of this course is to prepare you to fly and provide you with a licence. After you acquire a PPL(A) license you will be able to fly a single-engine aircraft under VFR.

  1. Theoretical Instruction: 144h
  2. Flight Instruction: 45h
  3. Internal and ANAC tests and exams

Approximately 12 months.

  • 1. Theoretical Instruction
    • Air law & ATC Procedures
    • Aircraft general knowledge
    • Flight performance & planning
    • Human performance & limitations
    • Meteorology
    • Navigation
    • Operational procedures
    • Principles of flight
    • Communications 

    2. Flight Instruction

    • Single-engine piston airplane (SEP): 40h + 5h SIM (basic instruments*)

    3. Exams

    • 13 theory subjects at IFA
    • 9 written exams at IFA and 9 written exams at ANAC

*Can be completed with real flight instead if decided by the academy.

  • 16 years of age at the start of the course
  • 17 years old at the end of the course
  • 9th grade of school
  • EASA Medical Certificate Class 2
  • VISA for non-european students
  1. Insurance
  2. Student ID Card
  3. VFR charter
  4. VFR plotter
  5. CRP1
  6. Aircraft Manuals
  7. Flight logbook
  8. Theory eBooks
  9. Calculator
  10. Reflective Vest
  11. Skill Test                                                                                                 


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2785-269, Tires, Portugal

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