The EASA Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL) is a nonexpiring “lifetime” licence.
A LAPL(A) is valid in all EU countries with restrictions on aeroplane weight (maximum takeoff mass of two metric tonnes or less) and with no more than four people on board the aircraft (including crew and passengers). The LAPL(A) is different to other licence types in that it does not contain aircraft type or class ratings with expiry dates that need revalidation. They include privileges built into the licence itself, so a LAPL(A) won’t have an SEP (land) rating with expiry date, but it will have stated SEP privileges which the pilot must keep valid by ensuring at least a certain minimum amount of flying is maintained. A LAPL(A) can however contain other (nonaircraft) ratings e.g. night, or aerobatics. Applicants for a LAPL(A) shall be at least 17 years of age.
A student pilot for a LAPL(A) shall be at least 16 years of age before first solo flight. Applicants for a LAPL(A) shall complete a training course at an ATO. The course shall include theoretical knowledge and flight instruction.
Licence Issue and Experience Requirements
Applicants for a LAPL(A) shall have completed at least 30 hours of flight instruction in aeroplanes or TMGs, including at least:
(a) 15 hours of dual flight instruction;
(b) 6 hours of supervised solo flight time;
(c) at least 3 hours of solo crosscountry flight time with at least 1 crosscountry flight of at least 150 km (80 NM), during which a full stop landing at an
aerodrome different from the aerodrome of departure shall be made;
(d) Part Med.A.030 states that a LAPL medical certificate is required for the
holder/applicant of a LAPL(A);
(e) Part FCL.055 Language proficiency states an aeroplane, helicopter, poweredlift and airship pilots required to use the radiotelephone shall not exercise the privileges of their licences and ratings unless they have a language proficiency endorsement on their licence in either English or the language used for radio communications involved in the flight.
The Operational Level (Level 4) is the minimum required proficiency level for radiotelephony communication.