What do I need to do to keep a PPL current?
UK (since 1st January 2002)
medical certificate must be current.
revalidation must be current
To carry passengers
are you qualified to fly
JAR class 2 medical replaces CAA class 3 at next renewal with validity periods
- 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
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.
In order to fly aircraft with:
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 valid for 25 months from initial test or renewal.