The Premier UK Disabled Flying Training Charity Since 1994


When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.- Leonardo da Vinci

Ready for takeoff with the APT Charitable Trust

A pilots licence need not be an impossible dream if you have a disability. With the help of the APT Trust to get you into the air, you will soon be on your way to gaining your NPPL(M) Licence. People with Tetraplegia, Paraplegia MS, Polio and other limb disabilities have successfully flown and trained with us, ultimately gaining their licence.

To qualify for a National Private Pilots Licence Microlight rating you have to undertake an approved course of training with a CAA Flight Instructor.

The full NPPL(M) course takes a minimum of 25 hours flying training under instruction, of which 10 hours be flown solo. Most students take a little longer, and normally spread their training over a year or two.

The first step towards a licence is to take an Air Experience Flight. The Air Experience Flight introduces and allows the student to become accustomed to the aircraft, the sensation of flying and to sample the aspect of the ground from the air. Detailed instruction is not normally undertaken on this flight. It can, however, be a valuable lesson. It is an opportunity for the instructor to become acquainted with the student and decide upon the most suitable approach for subsequent instruction. To book an Air Experience Flight Contact Us

All training is taylored to suit your individual circumstances and to proceed at your own pace on a one to one basis.

The training is concluded by a successful General Skills Test and completion of the exams conducted by a CAA authorised Examiner.

There are 5 written examinations and one Oral exam. The oral exam is usually done at the time of the General skills test and is specific to the aircraft type.

The written exams are multiple choice questions and the 5 exams cover the following subjects.

  • Air Law
  • Aeroplanes Technical
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Human Performance and Limitations

Ground school is available to suit your needs and the school has in stock all the necessory study books and supplies. You can either study for the ground exams at home at your own pace or using our ground school, you can even do a mixture of both. Whichever you decide to do we will help you through your studies and make sure you are well prepared for the exams.

A Medical Certificate is required before you can fly solo. This is a certificate of self declaration of fitness countersigned by your own doctor.

All students and pilots need to be members of the flying schools club. Membership runs from October to september. For students actively undertaking training The APT charitable trust will pay this fee.

Disabled Pilot Training

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