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Light Aircraft & Private Pilot Licence package in Newcastle Aerodrome


or 36 monthly payments of €387 with

  • 30 Hours Flight Training

  • PPL Ground school

  • 15 Further Hours Flight Training

  • Multiple payment plans available

  • Mentored support throughout

  • Flexible Training Plans

The PPL is your first step on the road to commercial flying. It is designed to teach you the knowledge and practical skills to fly and command a private aircraft with passengers for non-commercial reasons. Your PPL can be completed in bite size “life friendly” chunks at a rate suited to each student pilot. Your PPL will help you become equipped with the foundations of pilot training and act as a bridge on your modular journey that you can build upon to gain further experience, qualifications, licencing and ratings as part of the modular ATPL route.

A happy young female trainee pilot inside the cockpit of a plane


  • 30 Hours Instructed flight covering IAA/EASA Syllabus PPL*

  • 9 Theory Examinations PPL**

  • English Language Proficiency Exam

  • Class 2 Medical

  • Skills Test for LAPL

  • 15 further Hours Instructed flight covering IAA/EASA Syllabus PPL*

  • Skills Test for PPL


At Pilot Path our main focus is to take away the isolation felt by modular students and to help you avoid many financial pitfalls along your flight training journey. From day one, you will be paired with a commercial pilot mentor who will be by side your side all the way through training from the first day of your PPL, right through to the final stages of your commercial pilot training. The Pilot Path team also offer support across a range of topics including payment plans and flight/ study hour guides to guarantee you the best possible chance of completing your LAPL & PPL in the minimum amount of hours. Monthly check in video and phone calls and general support across all aspects of your training will help take the isolation out of your modular flight training journey with our partner schools.


Located in Co. Wicklow, a short distance from Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, students will complete their first stage of modular commercial flight training in Newcastle Aerodrome and work towards their LAPL and PPL. The aerodrome boasts a 690M grass runway that is usable all year round and with ample car parking, great food, friendly staff and a family friendly atmosphere you’ll soon realise why Newcastle Aerodrome is one of the most unique places to learn to fly in Ireland! With dedicated instructors and staff, the team at Newcastle will help you achieve your ambition of becoming a pilot by providing you with the highest quality training and support as you embark on your flight training journey. Wicklow Wings, located on the grounds of Newcastle Aerodrome is where students will complete their 1 to 1 learning with your instructor and remote learning. With the latest technology in use for your ground school experience, the team at Wicklow Wings will ensure the experience an enjoyable one that you won’t forget. We specialise in introducing those with some or no flight experience to the world of aviation and a coordinated route to your new career path!


How long is this course?

This is the beauty of modular training, the time you complete it in is completely at your discretion however; it is important to note that each part of the license has a clock on it, so for example after you complete your first PPL exam you have 18 months to complete the other 8!

What is the minimum age to start training for a PPL?

You need to be at least 16 to begin stage 1 of our managed modular approach – the private pilots licence. But there’s no upper age limit to train with us as long as you can hold an unrestricted IAA Class 1 Medical.


Do I need a certain number of leaving cert points or previous experience before beginning training?

No not at all, although during the course you will come across various formulas which you will be expected to know and some basic maths. This is a common fear with aspiring pilots, you do not need to be a mathematician or the top of your class to be a pilot. You just need to be willing to learn and put in the work.


What can I do with a PPL?

You can fly anywhere in Europe and the UK on your own or with up to 6 passengers in a single engine aircraft when you hold a valid PPL.

How many exams are involved and where do these take place?

There are 9 PPL theory examinations involved. You can study for these remotely through our groundschool and the exams will be completed in the IAA in Dublin City Centre.

What happens if I fail an exam?

If you fail an exam it is not the end of the world, you can sit it again several times but there is a limit as to how many sittings you will be able to do and your instructor will take you through all this.

Can I skip this step and move straight to commercial training?

If only it were that easy! You must complete stage 1 (PPL) and stage 2 (hour building and ATPL exams) before advancing to commercial training. See for more info.

Why is the LAPL part of this package?

We incorporate the LAPL as it gives you more experience and gives you a good insight as to what the PPL skills test will  bring 15 hours later. You will greatly benefit from this as when you sit your PPL skills test you will be familiar with the testing environment.

Where does this training take place?

LAPL & PPL training takes place in Newcastle Aerodrome, County Wicklow. About 30 minutes outside of Dublin City Centre.

Is there public transport to the Aerodrome?

There are public buses that stop around 5 minutes away from the Aerodrome or you can take the dart to Greystones and our shuttle bus can pick you up from there.

What are the Aerodrome opening hours?

The Aerodrome is open 7 days a week with winter flights starting from 8am with last flights at 4pm. 7am starts during summer months and last flights at 8pm.

Are my skills tests included in my package?

Skills test fees must be paid directly to the IAA.

What do I need to bring with me when training?

Bring yourself and you’re A-game as although it Is fun to fly you are investing greatly in yourself, so you want to make each lesson worthwhile. All you will need for your first few hours is your logbook (provided by pilot path) and the rest of the equipment you can get in the airfield (unless you wish to buy your own headset). As you progress through the training your instructor will advise you what to buy and when.


Can I complete this part-time?

Without a doubt yes! We specialise in guiding part-time students who need to continue in fulltime employment etc towards their LAPL & PPL.

How long until I can fly solo?

Ahh, your first solo- a day you will remember for the rest of your life. This decision will lie with your instructor. He/she will decide when you are ready to defy gravity alone. This comes after you complete some critical inflight procedures e.g. simulated emergency landings, stall recovery, instrument failure etc. To ensure that in the unlikely event any of these happen while you are alone you will be ready. Again we cannot emphasise this enough -this completely depends on your progress and when your instructor feels you are ready to do so. This is not something that can be rushed.

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