Light Aircraft Pilots Licence (LAPL)
This is a new licence produced by EASA. It is similar in concept to the current UK NPPL(A). However the LAPL will be valid for flight through out Europe using any aircraft registered in the EU that falls within the privlages of the licence.
The LAPL is not liited to aeroplanes:LAPLs for helicoptors, ballons and sailplanes will also be available.
It will not be necessary to hold a Class 1 or Class 2 medical: Instead, there will be a specific LAPL Medical Certificate.
Details are still being finalised but it will probably run on a medical standard similar to that of a DVLA HGV driving licence
The LAPL medical is acceptable for the NPPL but the NPPL medical is NOT acceptable for the LAPL.
The DVLA medical guidelines can be found here: DVLA Medical Guidelines
Important note: please ensure you bring photo identification with you to your appointment. This will need to be produced at the time of your medical examination.
Also please fill in application form: download from
Medicals can be undertaken by the Pilots registered GP or an AME
Initial and over 50 require examination (history based in between if uncomplicated)
Validity = ICAO
60 months to age 40
24 months over 40
Although GPs can undertake medicals, if there is a problem they will have to refer to an AME. This 'second' opinion will be charged as for a medical, as it will involve significant work.
If in doubt re your medical fitness - go to an AME first.
This is a link to the CAA website giving details of the LAPL: click here
LPAPL medicals are going fine - no problems at all. Please note: LAPL medicals are valid for your NPPL but NPPL medicals are not valid for LAPL licenses.
The medical requirements are similar to the NPPL in the sense that they follow the DVLA guideline for provision of a driving licence. As far as I understand the ruling: The NPPL will continue until 2017 then everyone who wishes to fly an EAS approved plane (which includes all the standard Cessna, PA 28s etc, will have to transfer to a LAPL.
Medicals can be undertaken by a patients own GP BUT BE WARNED: Any problems and they will have to be referred to a CAA AME. This will mean a second charge for services and could work out more expensive. Advice; if you are expecting a problem go straight to an AME not your GP
Any person of either sex can either bring or ask for provision of a chaperone to be present during the medical examination. If you would like one provided, please mention at time of booking as it might be difficult to provide at short notice.
The medical does not involve any intimate examination other than the undertaking of the ECG which would require access to the chest for the placement of electrodes.