Private Pilot License

The Private Pilot Certificate, internationally referred to as the Private Pilot License (PPL), allows students to obtain the foundational knowledge and skills for all future aircraft pilot training. As a Private Pilot, you can fly an airplane day and night (if one has a Night Rating) in visual flight conditions and carry passengers (friends, family, co-workers, etc.). You cannot fly for paid compensation or hire. The PPL is your foundation course on a pathway to a Commercial Pilot’s License.

Requirements for Issue of a PPL

An applicant for a Private Pilot License, shall;

  1. Be at least seventeen years of age for a license other than the operation of glider or balloon;
  2. Be at least sixteen years of age for a license in a glider or balloon;
  3. Be in possession of a valid Class 2 Medical Certificate.
  4. Receive an endorsement for the knowledge test in the student pilot’s logbook from an authorized instructor who—
    1. Conducted the training on the required aeronautical knowledge areas, that apply to the aircraft category sought; and
    2. Certified that the person is prepared for the required knowledge test;
  5. Pass the required PPL knowledge test;
  6. Meet the aeronautical experience requirements that apply to the aircraft category and class rating sought before applying for the practical test. These required hours are well elaborated on the PPL aeronautical experience form (Form O-PEL002).
  7. Receive flight training and a logbook endorsement from an authorized instructor who—
    1. Conducted the training in the required areas of operation for the rating being sought; and
    2. Certified that the person is prepared for the required practical test;
    This will prove that the student is ready for PPL Practical test or GFT ( General Flight Test)
  8. Pass a practical test - PPL (GFT) done by an authorized examiner.
  9. Pass the English Language Proficiency Exam with either of the following results;
  10. Pass the English Language Proficiency Exam with either of the following results;
    1. Operational Level (Level 4); Valid for 3 years i.e. should be evaluated once every 3 years.
    2. Extended Level (Level 5); Valid for 6 years
    3. Expert Level (Level 6); Valid for Life

This is done in an exam.

Application Requirements
  1. Fully Completed PPL prescribed application forms as follows;
    1. PPL Application Form (O-PEL002);
    2. Aeronautical Experience Form showing the breakdown of the hours that an applicant should have.
    3. Summary of flying experience form
    4. Application form for English Language Proficiency endorsement
  2. A valid Medical Certificate Class 2.
  3. Submit four photographs - full face (2cm by 2.5cm);
  4. Present a photo Identification Card or Passport, or Birth Certificate and a photocopy of the same.
  5. Certified copies of the last 2 pages of the personal logbook. These pages show the latest flying experience certified by the pilot’s supervisor, who will certify the relevant logbook entries by endorsing his signature and license number.
  6. Payment of the prescribed fees: Kshs. 2,000 for those below 40 years and Kshs. 1,000 for those above 40 years.
Renewal of a Private Pilot’s License
  1. A completed the prescribed - renewal application form (Form O-PEL002);
  2. A current Class 2 or Class 1 medical certificate;
  3. A completed the prescribed summary of the flying experience form which should indicate that the Pilot has the required 5 hours within the preceding 12 months.
  4. A certified logbook or other flight record to substantiate the 5 PIC hours required for renewal of a PPL. The log book is to be certified by the instructor or the chief pilot, by endorsing his signature and license number, indicating what he is certifying.
  5. Copies of the last 2 pages of the applicant’s log book.
Renewal of a Lapsed Private Pilot License

Where a license has not been renewed by the date of expiry, the validity of the license standards are lapsed.

To ensure the validity of the lapsed license; the license holder shall meet the requirements subject to the lapsed periods as follows:

  1. If the PPL has been expired for a period of less than six months, and all renewal requirements were met prior to the date of expiry; there are no additional requirements;
  2. More than six (6) months but not more than three (3) years;

    The applicant will;

    1. Pass a written examination in Air Law or Regulations;
    2. Pass a type rating practical check-out on an aircraft type endorsed or on the type rating sought; and (Form 64)
    3. Meet the normal renewal requirements as indicated above.
  3. More than three (3) years but not more than 10 years;

    The applicant will;

    1. Undertake a refresher course in an ATO in preparation for the practical and knowledge tests which should include ten (10) hours as PIC.
    2. Pass a PPL practical test (GFT) on the class or aircraft type rating sought.
    3. Pass a PPL composite knowledge examination.
  4. More than ten (10) years, an applicant shall meet all requirements for initial issue of a PPL.