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Top 5 Entry requirements for Private Pilot License

If you are an aviation fanatic, seeking the ecstasy of recreational flying or dreaming of building a lifelong exciting career in commercial aviation, holding a private pilot license is the initial step you need to take.

A Private Pilot License (PPL) is an authorization that permits the holder to act as the pilot of an aircraft. A Private Pilot License makes you eligible to you fly in day or night under Visual Meteorological conditions with your friends and family.


1. Minimum Education Qualifications

General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (or equivalent qualifications) with 6 credits including credits in Mathematics, Science and English is a must have to be eligible to apply for the course.


2. Mental and Physical Fitness Requirements

Health and fitness factors such as height and muscle strength are examined while you undergo the process of selection. Confidence and a positive attitude are important when you undertake flight training. There are some health-conditions which may disqualify you from proceeding, for instance, if you have underwent a heart replacement or suffer from bipolar disease. The final selection will be based on a medical examination approved by the Civil Aviation Authority.


3. Eye Sight

As long as an individual is not color-blind, and passes the medical examinations specified, they are qualified to join the course.


4. Age

The minimum age to acquire a Private Pilot License in Sri Lanka is 17, although you can instigate training from the age of 16 by obtaining a Student Pilot License (SPL) which does not require any prior experience in flying. However, the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (CAASL) issues the Private Pilot License only once an individual completes 17 years of age.


5. A clear vision

It is essential that you have a vision to become highly-skilled, and knowledgeable pilot in the process of the training, which will give you the confidence to either take this up as a leisure option or a career prospect.



Pilot Training in Sri Lanka is successfully conducted by training administrators of Fairway Aviation Academy, where you may obtain globally recognized aviation qualifications.