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PPL | Private Pilot License


As a private pilot, you gain the privileges to fly on single engine airplanes, under visual conditions and with passengers, nonprofit, in all of the European countries. Private Pilot Licence holder has an option to attend Commercial Pilot Course also taught at Iceland Aviation Academy.

The Private Pilot course at Iceland Aviation Academy is composed of two parts, the theoretical part and practical flight training. PPL Ground Course is distance learning course with classroom modules. The studies are fun and challenging. The flight training part of the program is taught at Keflavik International Airport.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 15 years of age upon entering the study. Before his/her first solo, a student pilot shall be at least 16 years of age. For the issuance of the PPL(A), applicants must be at least 17 year of age.
  • English proficient
  • Valid Class 1 or Class 2 medical
  • Hold a clear criminal record
  • Foreign citizens from a country outside of EES (ESB) and/or EFTA which plan to live in Iceland for a period longer than three months need to have a valid residence permit. More information about that here.

Theoretical Training

Course length: 200 hrs


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

Student is required to pass a final exam in each subject with minimum of 75% grade.

Passing a final exam in each subject, the student gains right to attend exams at Civil Aviation Administration for private pilot licence

Flight Training

The goal of the course is to train student pilots to fly safely and accurately in accordance with visual flight rules.

Length of course: A minimum of 45 hours of flight training.


  • Pre-flight operations, including determination of mass and balance, and airplane inspection and servicing
  • Airports and aerodrome traffic circuit, precautions and measures to avoid collision.
  • Control aircraft via visual reference points
  • Flight at critically slow airspeeds, recognition of and recovery from incipient and full stalls
  • Flight at critically high airspeeds, recognition of and recovery from spiral dives
  • Take-offs and landings in normal conditions and in crosswinds
  • Takeoffs at maximum performance (short runway and minimal obstacle clearance), short field landing
  • Flight by reference solely to instruments, including the completion of 180 degree turn
  • Flying over land using visual reference, dead reckoning and radio navigation aids
  • Flying whilst in a state of emergency, including simulated airplane equipment malfunctions
  • Flights to and from airports with air traffic control guidance and over control area, compliance to air traffic services, communication procedures and phraseology

Course Materials
Teaching materials for the Student Pilot Licence, and aircraft manuals. Teaching plan for Private Pilot exam and flight training in accordance with training book

Solo Examination – Student Pilot Certification
Student pilots take an important step towards their Private Pilot‘s certification when flying solo for the first time. This milestone is called the solo examination and is one of the memorable elements of the course. After successfully completing a solo take-off and landing, the student has demonstrated their ability and is issued with a student pilot certificate. Flight training then resumes and the student pilot trains both alone and with their instructor, in accordance to the course curriculum.

Typically, the solo examination is taken after around 15-20 hours of flight instruction.

Teaching Assessment and Requirements
Continuous assessment takes place throughout the course; however the flight instructor will make a final assessment of the student at the end of the course – whereby the student is evaluated against the key skill requirements needed to be awarded the Private Pilots Licence.

Students gain the right to undertake the practical examination as administered by the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration.

Revision/Continuous Development
Pilots seeking to update or refresh their knowledge and skills in aviation in preparation for taking an assessment test with the CAA are able to do so at Keilir. Pilots are able to book a lesson with a flight instructor who will then prepare a plan of study.

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