Flying Lessons Leeds: A Quick Guide to Pilot Training

Yorkshire Aviation Academy is located at Leeds East Airport, formerly RAF Church Fenton. The academy is ideal for anyone looking for flying lessons in Leeds Bradford area or near Leeds Bradford Airport.

We offer guidance to all pilots and aim to deliver a training program that fits your specific needs. Perhaps you are just searching for Leeds flying lessons to get started or maybe you are undertaking further training to pursue your commercial licence. Regardless of the level you’re at, we look forward to supporting you on your journey.

If you wish to book flying lessons in Leeds Bradford area or embark on your PPL, please click here.

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Further Training and SEP Revalidation

Once you have successfully completed your flying lessons at Leeds East Airport and gained your PPL, the licence is valid for life. However, you may need to revalidate it and there are a number of steps you need to follow. If you are unsure, please get in touch so we can discuss the best options for you.

You will need to pass a proficiency check in a single-engine (single-pilot) aeroplane with an examiner. The proficiency check must take place within the 3 months immediately before the rating’s expiry date.

Alternatively, you can complete 12 hours of flight time in single-engine (single-pilot) aeroplane. This must be within the 12 months preceding the rating’s expiry date.

This includes the following:

  • 6 hours as pilot-in-command (PIC)
  • 12 take-offs and landings
  • A training flight of at least 1 hour (or a maximum of three, totalling 1 hour) with the same flight instructor or class rating instructor. If you have already completed a proficiency check or skill test in another type or class of aeroplane, you will not have to complete this training flight.

Conversion Training

Differences training, or a conversion to other aircraft is required by the provision of FCL.710 of the Part-FCL Regulation EC 1178/2011. To act as a pilot in command on the different variants of an aeroplane, you must complete differences training on the specific variant. Examples of types of differences training include; glass cockpit, variable pitch propeller, retractable undercarriage, tail wheel and turbo charged engines.

Airline Transport Pilot Licence Coaching

We offer coaching for the ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot Licence) Theoretical Knowledge Exams. These are a significant part of the various qualifications required to become a commercial pilot.

At our academy we put together a bespoke package to help with any areas you might need extra support. We aim to build knowledge and confidence enabling you to successfully tackle the 14 subjects.

Yorkshire Aviation Academy Piper
Yorkshire Aviation Academy Piper

Structured Hour Building

If you are an aviation student looking to accumulate hours for commercial training then we offer special hour building packages. More than just boring holes in the sky! Our team will guide you through this important stage of developing your experience.

A structured hours package provides PPL holders the opportunity to test and build-up the required skills. We can provide your own unique package, available for between 5-50 hours, please get in touch with us for further details.

Flight Instructor Course

For pilots wishing to give ab-initio instruction, they must qualify for a Flight Instructor Certificate. On completion, a pilot will have the ability to instruct a student to the level required for the issue of PPL (A), including theoretical knowledge instruction. After completing a course of training and passing the assessment of competence the UK CAA will issue an FI(A) certificate with privileges restricted in accordance with FCL.910.FI.

This restriction remains in force until the FI(A) has completed the FCL.910.FI requirements and has applied to the UK CAA to have the restriction removed.

For us, teaching the teachers is what the course is about. Equipping a pilot with the tools and skills to become an instructor and teaching someone to become a safe and competent private pilot. Laying the foundations for leisure flying with family and friends or the start of a career in commercial aviation.

Competency Based Instrument Rating

The Competency Based Instrument Rating (CBIR) is a different route to a full instrument rating. The flight test is undertaken with a CAA allocated examiner. Applicants can use previous IMC training and flight as pilot in command under the instrument flight rules towards the required 55 hours for a PPL holder. The rating allows the user to fly in Class A airspace and operate down to lower “minima” in adverse weather.

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