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  the JAR PPL
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   instrument rating
   seaplane rating
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  JAR medical examination
  staying current

staying current

What do I need to do to keep a PPL current? UK (since 1st January 2002)

Your medical certificate must be current.

Your certificate of revalidation must be current

To carry passengers

are you qualified to fly this aircraft?

Do you fly IMC?

























Medical certificates

JAR class 2 medical replaces CAA class 3 at next renewal with validity periods of:

  • 5 years to age 30
  • 2 years age 30-49
  • 1 year age 50 on









































Certificate of Revalidation

Certificate of Revalidation replaced Certificate of Experience and is valid for 24 months.

To obtain a certificate of revalidation, you must have met the following requirements:

In the twelve months prior to the expiry of the existing certificate you must have flown 12 hours in piston singles or touring motor gliders, of which 6 hours must be as pilot in command, made twelve take offs and landings and have completed a flight of at least one hour with an instructor which must be countersigned in your log book. Any other proficiency check or skill test for a class or type rating can replace this flight. An IMC test or renewal or the annual proficiency check required for a multi rated pilot will suffice (even though they may not have been undertaken on a single engined aircraft). If a pilot cannot meet these requirements, a proficiency check must be undertaken with an examiner in the 3 months prior to expiry. If your certificate of revalidation has lapsed, a skills test with an examiner is required.

Note: all time scales are by reference to the expiry date of the existing certificate, not the date of signing of the new certificate.








































To carry passengers, you must have made at least 3 take offs and landings in the last 90 days as handling pilot in a piston engined single. Take offs and landings in aircraft of other classes (eg multi engined or touring motor gliders) cannot be counted.














































Differences training

In order to fly aircraft with:

  • variable pitch propeller
  • retractable undercarriage

  • turbo or supercharging

  • pressurisation

  • tailwheel undercarriage (if you trained on a nosewheel aircraft)

you must have undertaken differences training with a qualified instructor and have it recorded in your log book (or have grandfather rights). Grandfather rights apply to pilots who have flown aircraft with the respective feature(s) prior to 1/1/2000. For piston singles, differences training does not need to be renewed.












































IMC rating

IMC rating valid for 25 months from initial test or renewal.