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Private Pilot License Course (FAA/CAAS)


    Begin your journey of adventure in the skies by joining the Private Pilot License (PPL) Airplane course. The PPL (Airplane) course is every new student pilot's first step to a lifelong fulfillment and achievement.


    What is the Private Pilot License – PPL(Airplane)?

    • PPL is regarded as a “recreational license”. 
It is a qualification that allows the holder to fly as pilot-in-command (PIC) on an aircraft in non-commercial operations without remuneration.
    • PPL allows you to fly on single engine land (SEL) aircraft in visual meteorological conditions (VMC) under Visual Flight Rules (VFR)
    • The Private Pilot License is the first step towards becoming any pilot.


    PPL Course Overview:

    The PPL training is designed for applicants without any previous flight experience who want to obtain the PPL(Airplane). It consists of both theoretical and practical training
. Theoretical preparation and practical training are done concurrently. The course is concluded by a written exam, an oral examination and a practical examination (Check Ride).

    ClubWOA conducts PPL training based on syllabus from the below authorities:

    1) Singapore Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)

    2) United States of America Federal Aviation Authority (FAA)

    ClubWOA focus on the importance of building good basic habits and strong foundation, so we provide course combining classroom, simulator and practical flight training. Flight lessons within the PPL course include mastering basic maneuvers and procedures required for students to fly the aircraft solo. Thereafter, they will proceed with navigation training and graduate from a general handling practical flight test to obtain their PPL.

    All Private Pilot training flights are conducted in some of the world' proven safe and advanced training aircraft. Our fleet consists of Diamond DA40, Cessna C172 and Piper PA28.

    PPL Course Structure, Location & Duration:

    ClubWOA's PPL training syllabus are all part-time and customized to each individual needs. Ground school are usually a combination of theory lessons on a one-on-one basis with flight instructor and self-study. Exam structure varys slightly between a USA FAA PPL and Singapore CAAS PPL but the fundamentals and knowledge requirements are similar.

    All training commences in Seletar Airport, Singapore which is an approved training location by the authorities. However, FAA PPL student pilots will complete their PPL training and final flight exam in selected flight schools of their choice in the USA.

    The typical student's duration from first lesson to achieving readiness to take his/her flight exam is between 4 to 6 month. However, this is highly dependent on the schedule of the student and the amount of individual commitment and priority placed on the training.

    To apply for the PPL flight test and, you will need to acquire a set of minimum theoretical knowledge and practical experience as defined by the authorities and pass the knowledge examinations and practical flight test administered by CAAS/FAA and meet all regulatory licensing requirements.

    What are the per-requisites to enroll for a USA FAA PPL?

    • Be at least 16 years old to fly solo.
    • Be at least 17 years old to receive your private pilot certificate.
    • Read, speak, write, and understand English.
    • Obtain at least a third-class FAA medical certificate.

    What are the per-requisites to enroll for Singapore CAAS PPL?

    • Be at least 17 years old;
    • Be able to read, write and communicate in English at a working level (i.e. Operational Level 4 of the ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale).
    • Obtain at least a CAAS Class 2 medical certificate


    What are the minimum requirements to obtain a USA FAA PPL?

    Reference: FAA Airmen Certification Standards

    Total flying time of 40 hours minimum which consists of at least:

    Dual: 20 hours minimum of flight training with an instructor on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:

    • 3 hours of cross country flight training in a single engine airplane;
    • 3 hours of night flight training in a single engine airplane, that includes at least:
      a) 1 cross country flight of over 100 nm total distance; and
      b) 10 T/O’s and 10 landings to a full stop with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern at an airport.
    • 3 hours of flight training by reference to instruments in a single engine airplane; and
    • 3 hours of flight training in a single engine airplane within the 60 days prior to the practical test.

    Solo: 10 hours minimum of solo flying in a single engine airplane on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:

    • 5 hours of solo cross country flying;
    • 1 solo cross country flight of at least 150nm total distance with full stop landings at 3 points and one segment of at least 50nm between T/O and landings; and
    • 3 takeoffs and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower.


    Pass FAA PPL(Airplane) Written Exam


    What are the minimum requirements to obtain a Singapore CAAS PPL?

    Reference : Singapore Air Safety Publication Part 1

    Total flying time of 40 hours minimum which consists of at least:

    • At least 20hrs dual under the supervision of a Flight Instructor (at least 4 hours in instrument flying, 4 hours in pilot navigation and 2 hours stall awareness and avoidance training)
    • Minimum of 10hrs solo flight
    • 4 hours under Simulated or Actual Instrument Flying Conditions


    Passed all Ground Theory papers consisting of below:

    • Radiotelephony - Written
    • Radiotelephony - Practical
    • Air Law
    • Navigation
    • Meteorology
    • Aircraft Rating
    • Human Performance and Limitation


    Find out more? 

    Feel free to Contact Us to schedule a meet-up for us to explain to you the details over coffee at our ClubWOA Lounge.