Engineering at the University of Brighton

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Private Pilot Studies option

The Private Pilot Studies option expands your aeronautical skills and gives you the opportunity to undertake a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) training programme alongside your degree.

The module needs to be completed within your Aeronautical Engineering BEng, Aeronautical Engineering MEng degree study. Successful completion means you can graduate with a final award of Aeronautical Engineering with Private Pilot Studies BEng(Hons) or Aeronautical Engineering with Private Pilot Studies MEng.

The training can be carried out over a flexible timescale but it is important to bear in mind that the licence will require full completion within 24 months of passing the first theoretical examination as per CAA rules.

Before you can start your pilot training you’ll first need to meet the Private Pilot License (PPS) pre-requisites as specified by the Civil Aviation Authority (, which includes passing a class 2 medical certificate. You’ll aim to carry out an internationally recognised PPL qualification in a pilot training facility according to the CAA rules.

We have partnered with local airline pilot training centre FTA Global, based nearby at Shoreham Airport, as our preferred provider for the flight training aspects of the Private Pilot Training. A competitive Private Pilot Licence package price of £11,714 (incl. flight hours, flight/ground instruction, landing fees, exams etc.) for a combined CAA/EASA Private Pilot Licence recognised worldwide is offered exclusively to University of Brighton students.

The module will complement your academic learning experience with additional theoretical and practical learning within general aviation flying. And provide training for an internationally recognised Private Pilot Licence qualification.

On successful completion, you’ll will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge in aviation topics such as Air Law, human Performance, Meteorology, communications, Flight performance and Navigation as defined by the Civil Aviation Authority for the PPL theory syllabus
  • demonstrate experience in flying a light aircraft
  • reflect on the pilot studies learning in relation to the engineering course learning and future possible career prospects.

You’ll be expected to carry out a Civil Aviation Authority approved PPL training syllabus which typically follows this syllabus:

  • 45 hours practical flight training in dual and solo flying.
  • 67 hours taught theory as per CAA requirements
  • 33 hours theory self-study
  • Theory examinations and flight tests

You’ll be supported by the external training provider during your training, with monitoring from the university module coordinator. Typically, you’ll be provided by the external training provider with tuition, mentoring and access to written or software resources related to the pilot studies.

Students will be assigned an Academic Supervisor from the university  who will monitor progress during your training and provide academic support . Meetings will be taking place between the student and Academic Supervisor at the key stages of the training, or regular intervals during the academic year(s), to discuss progress and experience. All students undertaking the training will continue to be able to use the simulation facilities of the university for personal flight training.

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