FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost?

See our complete price list here.

  • After getting the PPL licence, how much/often do I need to fly to keep it valid?

In principle the licence is for life and even if you had several years of non-flying in between, you will never need to take the full PPL course again. There are certain administrative limits and chores though to go through every 2 years at minimum to keep the licence fully in effect. In practice you just need to be aware that if fly very little, the longer — we are talking about years, not months — you have not exercised the rights of your licence, the more you will need to do to freshen up your knowledge and skills in order to bring the licence back alive again:

  • If you fly 12 hours or more every year, you can benefit from the easiest option of all to renew the rights of your licence every 2 years, for the 2 years to come. One school flight of minimum 1 hour with an instructor is all you need then. See Extending the SEP rating.
  • If you have not flown the 12 hours prior to the end of the 2-year period, you will need to take a proficiency check with a flight examiner instead of just a school flight with an instructor — the same type of “check ride” that you take in the end of your PPL training to get your initial licence. In practice, this is not much different from the above option.
  • The paper you get from the authorities needs to be reissued every 5 years, but that is a simple administrative procedure and not subject to any minimum flight hours.
  • If that paper licence has been expired for more than 5 years, you will need to resit a couple of the theoretical exams in addition to taking the “check ride” with a flight examiner. (At the end of your theoretical PPL training, you will need to sit 9 theoretical exams, so rest of those you still don’t need to retake.) Obviously, to then be ready for the “check ride” (skill test), you will need a couple of school flights at minimum to be able to confindently pass the skill test.

Perhaps more importantly, you should exercise your judgement and think if, after e.g. 15 months of non-flying you are ready and comfortable taking the controls again, even if technically you were legal to fly. It is an everyday routine for our instructors to accompany low-hour pilots to get up to speed again until they feel comfortable again with a particular aircraft type.

  • When can I start my LAPL/PPL training?

Anytime! The course includes theory and flight training.

Theoretical training can be commenced immediately after signing the training agreement and paying the initial fee, as the theory is by distance learning via the internet (a number of classroom groundschool sessions are also included in the price of the course).

We can start your flight training as soon as you have signed the training agreement and paid an amount covering the first practial training sessions.

  • If I only do the LAPL/PPL theoretical course, how long will it be valid?

The final PPL theory certificate is valid for 2 years from the (first) date of complete or partial pass in the Authority (Trafi) exams. It means you need to complete the practical flight training within those 2 years (or alternatively resit the Authority’s exams again — no need to redo the whole course).

  • Is it possible to get a LAPL/PPL in Finland if I am not a Finnish citizen?

Yes it is! There is no need to be a Finnish citizen to get a pilot license in Finland.

  • How long does the course take?

The duration of the PPL course varies greatly and mostly depending on your own availability and the effort you can make. The weather is another factor but in the bigger scheme of things it’s just a thing you’ll learn to live with — in the summer weather is very seldom a limiting factor, whereas in the winter it often is. You can finish in as little as 3 months if you focus on it full time. But most of our clients work or study in other institutions at the same time, so 6-12 months is more realistic. You should definitely aim at finishing it in less than 18 months.

LAPL training requires only 30 flight hours at minimum, compared to the 45 hours for PPL, and training can thus be accomplished in a slightly shorter period of time.

  • I do not speak Finnish. Can I take flying lessons?

We will gladly teach you in English, which is the lingua franca of aviation. In addition, we can provide instruction in Finnish, Swedish and French at your request. You do not need to speak Finnish to fly in Finland — English is fine.

  • I do not speak English. Can I take flying lessons?

Technically, sufficient knowledge in English is a prerequisite for enrolling on our PPL course. In practice this relates more to the ability understand written materials, since our theory package is mainly in English. However, we also provide instruction in Finnish, Swedish and French, and enough written learning materials exist in all these other languages, too, so that if only you can understand these web pages you should have no difficulty finishing the course.

You do not need to speak English to fly in Finland, if you are more or less fluent in Finnish. English is a requirement to fly abroad, however.

  • What are the medical requirements for private pilots?

For private pilots, the medical requirements are similar to those required for a driving license. You do not need the medical certificate before you fly alone (solo).

Private pilots (PPL) — Class 2 medical requirements for private pilots are described in JAR-FCL 3, Subpart C, available on the TraFi website. An applicant for or a holder of a private pilot license must hold a valid Class 1 or Class 2 medical certificate. Class 2 medical certificates are valid for 5 years until the age of 40, then 2 years until the age of 50, and 12 months thereafter. Further information is given also in Aviation Regulation PEL M4-1 (pdf, in Finnish), paragraph 4.2, which you will find on the TraFi website.

For LAPL — medical requirements for LAPL are slightly relaxed compared to the Class 2 medical certificate for private pilots, but we recommend undergoing the Class 2 examination in case you want to later obtain the PPL as well.

Initial, renewal and revalidation examinations for Class 2/LAPL medical certificates may be carried out by an authorised aeromedical examiner (AME). Your aeromedical doctor, the AME, will be able to answer all your detailed questions about requirements and tests. If you want to delve into the specific requirements (JAR FCL 3) yourself, they can be found here. Our prices include the cost of the AME’s standard initial Class 2 examination, and if later on there should emerge any factor preventing you from getting the Class 2 medical certificate, you will get your unused money back as further detailed in the training agreement. So don’t delay your starting the course!

  • Where can I find a list of approved aeromedical examiners (aviation doctors) for my medical check?

See here.