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Private Pilots Licence Exams

Private Pilots Licence Exams

The new Private Pilots Licence e-Exams system is now live and allows students to complete their exams in the following subjects through the online portal, this new system replaces the previous paper based theory exams. All licences will require students to sit 9 ground exams, building their knowledge on the following subjects:

  • Air Law
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Communications
  • Human Performance
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Principles of Flight
  • Meteorology
  • General Navigation
  • Operational Procedures.

There is no need to worry though at this list, Bristol & Wessex offers a full course of pre-exam sessions and crammers that have so far had a 100% pass rate! The pass mark for the exams is 75%, each exams are multiple choice and you get the results at the end of the exam.

In order to complete your PPL e-Exams on the CAA portal, students need to register on the portal once.  There is approximately a five working day lead time for the registration to complete as the CAA needs to approve each candidate, therefore it is important that you register well in advance of taking your first examination.

To register for PPL e-Exams please visit: https://www.caa.co.uk/Our-work/About-us/Doing-business-with-the-CAA/Customer-portal/ 

Once you have registered and your account is activated you then can sit an exam, if this is your first time your instructor will talk you through your first use of the system, more information can be found at https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAA%20CAP1903A%20GA%20e-Exams%20Candidate%20Tasman%20Guide_v3.pdf

FRTOL Practical Exam

A Flight Radiotelephony Operator’s Licence (FRTOL) is required to operate the radio equipment in aircraft. The FRTOL practical exam will consist of a simulated flight with our FRTOL examiner Troy Williams. During this exam you will be required to make all the required calls for a typical VFR cross-country flight, including calls to a number of emergencies. Training & gap analysis will be required to complete SRG1171 ahead of the FRTOL Practical Test.

Please contact us for further information and our latest availability and pricing.


How are exams marked?

  • The exams are multiple choice, to get a mark you must select an answer from four possible answers.

Are the exams timed?

  • Yes, each exam has its own time limit relating to the subject and number of questions.

When do I get the results?

  • You get the results immediately after you finish the exam.

What happens if I fail an exam?

  • If you fail an exam you have 4 attempts to pass the subject, you can sit the exam again at a later date and you will sit a variation of the same exam. If you fail a fifth time you will need to wait three months to try again.

How much are the exams?

  • Each exam costs £50, you can expect to pay in total £450 to complete and pass each exam first time.

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