The Private Pilot License (PPL) is your introduction to powered flight. To be allowed to fly an aircraft with an engine, you need a private pilot's license with a so-called class rating for single engine piston aircraft (Single Engine Piston/SEP). This class of aircraft has typical cruising speeds between 200 km/h and 400 km/h and a range of 600 km to about 2100 km. Most aircraft in this class have between 2 and 6 seats and therefore offer ample passenger space.

 Sunset flight over the Wechselgebiet

We already train you according to the latest European regulations for the licensing of aircraft crews (EU Flight Crew Licensing/EU-FCL). For you, this means that you are immediately allowed to fly with all aircraft licensed in the European Union, which was not possible before without additional steps.

In contrast to ultralight or powered glider training, this license is internationally valid and also gives you all the options to begin a wide variety of additional training and further education, such as flying larger aircraft with multiple engines (Multi-Engine Piston/MEP), flying at night (Night Visual Flight Rating/NVFR), flying by instruments (Instrument Rating / IR) or entry into professional flying (Professional Pilot License/Commercial Pilot License/CPL), either immediately afterwards or at any later time.

The training consists of a theory part and the flight training. The theory training can be started at any time, the flight training can be started in coordination with our flight instructors.

Many interested parties perform a trial flight before starting flight training to get a first impression.

Theory training

 our Katana DA20

The theory training comprehensively prepares you for the computer-based theoretical examination at the Austrian aviation authority Austrocontrol. In the course of the theory training, you will learn everything you need for the theoretical exam, but especially for later flight practice. The theoretical exam for the PPL is typically conducted in German.

For theoretical training, we use a combination of face-to-face training in our modern and conveniently located seminar hotel (InterCity Seminarhotel, 1070 Vienna, Mariahilfer Strasse 122 or, if necessary, at other training locations) and computer-aided self-study accompanied by our teachers. Of course, there is also the possibility of individual theoretical training.

The curriculum includes:
  • Air law and air traffic regulations
    (e.g., national and international air law, ICAO, air traffic regulations, air traffic services, EASA).
  • General aircraft knowledge
    (e.g., airframe, engine, fuel systems, propeller, engine operation, flight instruments, electrical system, vacuum system).
  • Flight performance and flight planning
    (e.g., mass and center of gravity position, takeoff, landing, cruise flight).
  • Human performance
    (e.g., pressure effects, vision, hearing, motion sickness, flight fitness, information processing, stress).
  • Meteorology
    (e.g., atmosphere, pressure/density/temperature, precipitation, wind, cloud formation, air masses, fronts, icing, thunderstorms, climatology).
  • Navigation
    (e.g., globe, cartography, fundamentals of navigation, navigation calculations, flight planning, practical navigation, radio navigation, satellite navigation, radar fundamentals).
  • Aeronautical Operations Procedures
    (e.g., aircraft operations, search/rescue, aircraft accidents, noise mitigation).
  • Aerodynamics
    (e.g., aircraft design, flows, air forces, control systems, stalls and spins, stabilities, load multipliers).
  • Radio practice incl. training for the acquisition of the radio operator certificate
    (e.g. radiotelephony basics, departure, cruise, approach procedures, ground procedures, emergency and urgent procedures).

flight training

The flight training can be started at the same time as the theory training. In total, the flight training consists of at least 45 training hours and includes the following training blocks:

pre-flight control

Taxiing and behavior at the airfield

Takeoff and landing with and without crosswind

emergency procedure

course laps

sight- and radio navigation

solo flights

cross country / en route flights

flights to local and international airports

special- and custom procedures

In the course of the training you will be familiarized with all phases of flight preparation and execution, in order to finally be able to carry out flights on your own and without the support of the flight instructor. For reasons of cost and efficiency, we conduct the practical training primarily at the airfield Wiener Neustadt east as well as on airports and airfields in Austria and parts of the EU. If desired, the training can of course also be conducted at other airports.


   The EU-FCL private pilot licence

In our ATO a number of flight instructors are at your disposal to accompany and support you during your training. All our flight instructors are professional pilots and provide you with up-to-date training at a high level. In order to achieve the best possible training for you, we tailor the PPL training to your individual needs.

You do not need any special talent or extraordinary physical fitness for the pilot training. Average health and average psychological and physical abilities are enough to complete the entire training without any problems.

The minimum age to take the final exam to obtain a PPL is 17, but training can begin before that. You will also need proof of medical fitness, as determined by a flight surgeon. We are happy to recommend a flight surgeon.

duration of training

The duration of training is highly dependent on your personal time budget and typically lasts between 6 weeks and 9 months. The more time you reserve for theoretical and practical training, the faster you will progress. We can always provide you with the shortest possible training time for your private pilot's license.

Cockpit of one of our modern Cirrus aircraft
Final approach with a G1000 equipped aircraft (c) D.Tscholl