Obtaining A Private Pilot License (PPL)

So, you want to obtain a Private Pilot License?

Before you start your journey down the aviation road, the most important question you need to answer is…

… which authority you should obtain your Private Pilot License from.

If you are based in Singapore, you have 3 options:

Option #1 – Private Pilot License Issued by (Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)) in United States of America (RECOMMENDED)
Option #2 – Private Pilot License Issued by (Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)) in Singapore
Option #3 – Private Pilot License Issued by (Department of Civil Aviation of Malaysia (DCA)) in Malaysia

In order to determine the most ideal option that best meets your needs, you need to be aware of the following considerations:

Consideration #1 – You are only legally allowed to fly an aircraft that is registered with the same authority that granted your Private Pilot License. 

For example, if you earn your Private Pilot License in Singapore, you can only fly a Singapore registered aircraft (i.e. aircraft registration starting with 9V registered with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore). If you earn your Private Pilot License in Malaysia, you are only authorised to fly a Malaysia registered aircraft (i.e. aircraft registration starting with 9M registered with Department of Civil Aviation of Malaysia). Similarly, if you earn your Private Pilot License in the United States, you are only authorised to fly a USA registered aircraft (i.e. aircraft registration starting with N registered with the Federal Aviation Administration).

Consideration #2 – You can convert your PPL license from one authority to another fairly easily.

This is great news because you can obtain a PPL via the fastest and lowest cost method, and then convert your PPL to whichever authority thereafter. Based on experience, the fastest and lowest cost way to obtain your PPL is by obtaining it in the United States. You can then convert your FAA PPL to a Singapore PPL for example, by following the PPL license validation process administered by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

Consideration #3 – Access to a range of aircraft you can rent & fly after you obtain your Private Pilot License

After you obtain your Private Pilot License, the next thing you’ll want to do is to rent a light aircraft and bring your friends and/or family members on a non-revenue leisure flight. If you are based in Singapore, such general aviation activities are best undertaken at Seletar airport, located in the Northeast of Singapore. The largest fleet of general aviation aircraft based in Seletar are N-Registered. Great news if you hold an FAA PPL, because you’ll be able to rent and fly some of these FAA-registered aircraft by joining WingsOverAsia as a ClubWOA member and participating in their Aircraft-Share scheme.

Requirements For Obtaining A Private Pilot License Issued by (Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)) in United States of America (RECOMMENDED)

Total Time: 40 hours minimum which consists of at least:

Dual: 20 hours minimum of flight training with an instructor on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:

  • 3 hours of cross country flight training in a single engine airplane;
  • 3 hours of night flight training in a single engine airplane, that includes at least:
    a) 1 cross country flight of over 100 nm total distance; and
    b) 10 T/O’s and 10 landings to a full stop with each involving a flight in the traffic pattern at an airport.
  • 3 hours of flight training by reference to instruments in a single engine airplane; and
  • 3 hours of flight training in a single engine airplane within the 60 days prior to the practical test.

Solo: 10 hours minimum of solo flying in a single engine airplane on the Private Pilot areas of operation including:

  • 5 hours of solo cross country flying;
  • 1 solo cross country flight of at least 150nm total distance with full stop landings at 3 points and one segment of at least 50nm between T/O and landings; and
  • 3 T/O’s and landings to a full stop at an airport with an operating control tower.

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Requirements For Obtaining A Private Pilot License Issued by (Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)) in Singapore

  • A Private Pilot Licence (PPL) entitles the holder to fly as the Pilot-In-Command (PIC) or co-pilot of a Singapore-registered aircraft, not for hire and reward, for the aircraft types or groups endorsed on the licence.Applicants must:
    – be not less than 17 years of age.
    – meet Class 2 Medical Requirements (for PPL with Instrument Rating, a Class 1 Medical Requirement is required)
    – demonstrate the ability to speak and understand English to at least the Operational Level (Level 4) of the ICAO Language Proficiency Rating Scale.

Requirements For Obtaining A Private Pilot License Issued by (Department of Civil Aviation of Malaysia (DCA)) in Malaysia

You can hold a PPL only at the age of 17 years old.

There is no minimum academic requirement to be a PPL pilot.

  • For PPL – The syllabus of flying training must provide for a minimum of 40 hrs of flight time, which should be carried out in a Group A aeroplane fitted with dual controls. The syllabus of training must include at least:
    a. 10 hrs as PIC in accordance with instructions given by an Flying Instructor or an Assistant Flying Instructor;
    b. 20 hrs as P U/T with an Assistant Flying Instructor (AFI) or an Flying Instructor (FI) which must include:
    (1) 4 hrs instruction on Instrument Flying;
    (2) 4 hrs instruction on pilot navigation; and
    (3) 2 hrs on stall and spin awareness and avoidance training of which one hour must have been completed within the 9 months preceding the date the licence application is received.
    c. PPL flight Test.

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