Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

The PPL training takes about 6 months if done on a full-time basis.

Ground School:

The Professional Aviation Training Academy Malta has dedicated ground school instructors, who will ensure that you have the knowledge you require to pass the theoretical exams. Theoretical classes are held at the Academy’s facilities in Malta, or online if required.

There are 9 subjects to pass:

Principles of Flight; Flight Performance Planning; Aircraft General Knowledge; Air Law, Operational Procedures, Human Performance; Meteorology; Navigation and Communications (Radio Telephony).

Students who intend to attempt theoretical knowledge examinations shall complete the following required minimum hours of training:

Module Hours
Human Performance and Limitations 8
Communications 8
Air Law 8
Operational Procedures 8
Aircraft General Knowledge 12
Principles of Flight 8
Flight Performance and Planning 8
Meteorology 16
Navigation 24

In all cases, the minimum total theoretical knowledge training provided to PPL candidates shall never be less than 100 hours.

There will also be a practical test in Radio Telephony:

The practical Radio Telephony test will be carried out in the English, conducted in-house by our qualified Radio Telephony examiner.

In addition, you will be expected to pass the English Language Proficiency test. For non-English speakers, our dedicated language specialists will be available to help you with this requirement.

Examination:TM-available to complete all nine Transport Malta Civil Aviation Directorate (TM-CAD) theoretical exams and are encouraged to make use of them in the most effective manner possible. The MSoF requirement for PPL students is to obtain a minimum of 75% in a mock test prior to being recommended to attempt the theoretical examinations organized by the TM-CAD. Upon successful completion of one or more mock tests, your ground instructor will guide you towards the procedure for the final exams.

In all cases, all the theoretical examinations must be passed in an 18-month period to be acceptable for the grant of the PPL licence.

Flight Training:

Flight training is done on the Tecnam P92JS, Tecnam P2002JF or the Cessna 172.

Before a student can go solo, the following exams must have been passed:  Air law and Communication and Human Performance, as well as the practical Radio Telephony test and the English Language Proficiency test.

In addition, you will be expected to write a test on the technical aspects of the aircraft and a pre-solo test. The full flight training syllabus will be discussed with you once before you start flying.

Student study and flight kit:

When enrolling the first time you will be issued with a student study pack which contains the basic items you will require during your training. This pack can be upgraded, to include items such as David Clark headsets, at an additional cost.