Training for the NPPL


SPORTFLIGHT Scotland is west and central Scotland's specialist recreational flying school, set up more than 20 years ago by flying instructor Colin MacKinnon.


If you want the true grass-roots flying experience, then this is for you!


We follow the UK Civil Aviation Authority approved syllabus for the National Private Pilot's Licence. Click Course Syllabus, or use the drop down menu under Training, for details.


The regulations require at least 25 hours of instruction before your General Skills Test for your NPPL, but only those with previous flying experience are likely to achieve this. As a rough guide, the UK average is about 40 hours. Budget for that and you won't be far wrong.


All our training is done on a one-to-one basis, seven days a week, all through the year and our German-built C42 aircraft have eficient cabin heaters for those chilly days! Because training is one-to-one, if you need more time on an exercise, we can give it. If you're ready to move on to another aspect there is no-one to hold you back.


How long it takes to get your licence depends on the individual (student and instructor!), the weather and the frequency of lessons. Generally, someone able to fly once a week will learn faster than someone flying just once a month. We suggest no more than two, or possibly three, lessons a day because time is needed to let things sink in.


It is amazing just how much you learn from replaying a flight in your mind. If you fly too soon, previous lessons are not properly absorbed and so the foundations are weakened. This eventually leads to remedial lessons, so does not really save time - or money!


Your instructor will update you on your progress after every flight.