EASA PPL (A) / (H) Theory course

In order to be allowed to fly an aircraft as a private pilot, you need a corresponding license. Here you can choose between the LAPL (Light Aircraft Pilot License) and PPL (Private Pilot License). We generally recommend the PPL. This is valid worldwide (LAPL only applies in Europe), can be extended to include various authorisations (instrument rating, flight instructor etc), and has no restrictions with regard to passengers (max 3 passengers with LAPL) or the aircraft weight (max 2 tons take-off weight at LAPL). In principle, however, a LAPL can be expanded to a PPL. No further theory test is required and at least 15 hours of flight training must take place (10 hours with a flight instructor, the focus here is on radio navigation and 5 hours in solo flight).

The theoretical training for the LAPL and PPL is identical.

Cranfield Aviation Training School

Before the Courses


You can find the checklist here with all of the necessary documents for registering.

Course of Training

As part of the training, 9 subjects must be passed at EASA PPL level. A self-study period of 6 weeks (15 hours per week) is envisgaed for the training. For self-study, students are able to use our web-based training (WBT) system or the study guides. The training is finished with a 3-day on site lesson in our training centre in Dortmund. After students have successfully completed the Progress Tests, participated in the on-site lessons and successfully passed the School Exam, then student can go for examination at the competent authority. Examinations can be divided into a maximum of 6 sittings. Each subject can be attempted a maximum of 4 times.

The pass rate for this course has been 100% in recent months. Find more information in our brochure.DOWNLOAD [PDF 6 MB].


On-site Lessons and dates

The dates for the on-site lessons can be found in the menu under EASA Training Programmes/Dates.

Our Course Modules

Principles of flight

Stage 1

  • Air Law
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Flight Planning
  • Human Performance
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of Flight
  • Communication



After the Course

Practical Training

Our company is comprehensively approved as an EASA Training Institution by the German CAA (Luftfahrt-Bundesamt) and the Zentralstelle für Fernunterricht (ZFU). Students can complete the practical training at any EASA certified flight school.