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Marham Aero Club Flying Training

The Marham Aero Club Flying Training

At Marham we train people for the Private Pilot's Licence and for additional ratings such as aerobatics, IMC (for use in poor weather) and the night qualification. We pride ourselves in offering high quality instruction in a friendly environment. A description of what's involved in learning to fly follows.

The JAR Private Pilot's Licence (PPL)

The European Joint Aviation Authority PPL requires a minimum of 45 hours training which includes at least 25 hours dual and 10 hours solo flying. General handling exercises are followed by circuit flying and navigation, which includes your solo cross-country flights. When all the training and examinations are complete, a Skills Test flown with an examiner is your final step towards the licence.

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The National PPL (NPPL)

The National PPL is a cut down version of the JAR PPL and requires less training and hours (about 30). It carries limitations, such as good weather, day only, UK flying only, but probably suits the needs of most people. The medical requirements are easier too - read on! Click here for the NPPL Syllabus.

Medical Requirement

Before you fly your first solo a Medical is required from a CAA-approved doctor. This is straightforward, and is broadly similar to that required for a life insurance policy. Anyone of average health should have nothing to fear from this medical. For the National PPL, all that is required is a certificate of fitness from your GP, equivalent to that required to drive HGVs!


Groundschool classes can be arranged if required, although we do not currently run a groundschool programme. All exams can be taken at the club, with examination fees costing £20.00 per written paper. Service personnel may wish to take advantage of our package of tuition, training and exams. 80% of the cost can be claimed back using Standard Learning Credits. Click here for more details of Standard and Enhanced Learning Credits.

Written Examinations

During the PPL course, student pilots will be required to pass 7 multi-choice examinations. These are as follows:

· Air Law and Operational Procedures

· Human Performance and Limitations

· Flight Performance and Planning

· Aircraft General and Principles of Flight

· Navigation and Radio Aids

· Meteorology

· Radiotelephony (practical)

There is also an oral exam on your particular type of aircraft. Although these examinations may sound somewhat daunting it is fair to say that none of the material is particularly difficult and students normally find it interesting and relevant.

The Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) Rating

GEEKY Cockpit

The IMC Rating enables the holder to fly in cloud or conditions of bad visibility outside controlled airspace, with very few restrictions on airfield or en-route weather. It is therefore a most useful addition to a pilot's skills, giving flexibility for planning interesting trips. The minimum requirements laid down by the CAA for the IMC Rating are:

· 10 hours as Pilot in command since gaining a PPL (5 of these hours must be cross country).

· 15 hours training on instrument flying (of which 2 hours can be on an accredited simulator – not available at Marham).

· Ground instruction to pass the written examination paper.

· Pass the IMC Flight Test.

The Night Qualification

The Night qualification opens another world to the PPL holder. It can only be taken by a JAR-PPL holder – it is not available to NPPL holders. The qualification requires a minimum of 5 hours flight time at night, including a night cross-country route and multiple circuits. Once qualified, there is no revalidation requirement, although there are restrictions regarding carrying passengers at night if you haven’t flown in the dark for a while.


Whilst the aircraft are insured against damage (in the same way as a car is insured), anyone considering flying as a career or pastime should ensure that their personal life insurance policies have the appropriate level of cover for flying activity.

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