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Private Pilot License (PPL) Processes

The following requirements are sought in applications for private pilot license:

  • To be at least 17 years of age
  • To hold a high school degree or its equivalent
  • To hold a valid Class 1 or Class 2 medical certificate issued by the Directorate or any aviation medical centers authorized by the Directorate
  • To have completed the required theoretical knowledge and flight instruction successfully at the Flight Training Organizations authorized by the DGCA
  • To pass the theoretical knowledge examinations and the skill tests to be taken within 6 months of completing the flight instruction
  • To have completed the required training courses if night qualifications is requested
  • To satisfy the flight time requirements prescribed by the applicable regulations

Privileges of Private Pilot License (PPL)

The privileges of the holder of a private pilot license are to act, but not for remuneration, as pilot-in-command or co-pilot of any aeroplane engaged in non-revenue flights.

Theoretical Knowledge Instruction

The PPL(A) applicant must have completed theoretical knowledge instruction at a certified course organized by an authorized flight training organization or a registered organization.


Candidate pilots must complete the theoretical knowledge examinations for PPL(A) within 18 months starting from the end of the month when the first exam is taken.

Flight Instruction

An applicant for a private pilot license must complete minimum 45 hours of flight time at a flight training organization or registered organization authorized by the Directorate.

Single-engine aeroplanes with maximum 4 seats are used for Flight Instruction.

For flight rating, the applicant must additionally have minimum 5 hours of night flight time.

The applicant must successfully complete the check flight to be operated at the end of the training.