Aeroplane Flight Training

Learn to fly an aeroplane in Yorkshire

The time has come to push yourself. Get ready to become immersed in the addictive world of flight, where you’ll be soaring higher than the birds and discover views that you never knew existed.

Here at Hields we provide expert aeroplane flight training at Yorkshire’s international airport, Leeds Bradford. Whether you’re simply after your Private Pilot Licence (PPL) for some fun at the weekends or you’re at the start of a very exciting commercial pilot career, our flight instructors will be with you at every step of your flight training, making sure you’re equipped with everything you need to be successfully awarded your pilot’s licence whilst being a competent and safe aviator.

Learning to fly and aeroplane in Yorkshire is not only visually stunning, but thanks to Leeds Bradford Airport we have a huge infrastructure available to help with your training. Departing and landing at Leeds will give you huge confidence early on in your flight training, which will be with you throughout your entire time as a pilot.

Let’s fly! Choose from one of the options below and let’s begin your flight training adventure!

Intensive 5 day PPL training 

Hields Aviation is delighted to offer a 5 day PPL Ground School at its Leeds Bradford Airport flight school, although some students may well wish to lengthen the lessons to suit.

Classroom facilities are modern, comfortable and appropriately at Leeds Bradford’s busy aviation hub. Next door is the popular Multiflight Café, offering excellent tasty choices of well-prepared food and drinks. We’ll even pay for your lunch and your parking in the adequate safe parking area right outside our door.

All 9 examinations are addressed with training, questions and answers and approved examination. Practical FRTOL (Radio Licence) is offered at the facility just next door to our training site.

Prior to the training, students will be required to complete the self-study elements of the training by reading the appropriate material with our guidance. Then you should attend the course which provides all the information to successfully complete the examinations confidently and with the minimum of fuss. Our aim is to make flying the pleasure it should be whether you’re flying for fun or working towards a career as a pilot.

Our ground school allows for room to develop your understanding about your flying choices. Course dates will be provided on request and you will be working with other student pilots allowing you to share your knowledge and realise that any concerns you may have are often shared by your fellow students. There is no such thing as a daft question except the question you didn’t ask.

The Hields Aviation PPL Ground School is in the right place, makes best use of your time, and is designed to provide the necessary level of knowledge for safe flying and ensure your success in obtaining your licence. You can call us and ask any question about your choices to become a pilot.

Benefit of PPL ground school training


Excellent facilities


All inclusive training


Fast track for gaining your licence


Lunch included


Priority parking


Course training materials provided

Take the first steps of pilot training today

Ready? Let’s fly! Book your flight training in Yorkshire today

EASA PPL flight training 

The Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) is recognised worldwide, and allows the licence holder to fly any European registered aircraft anywhere in the world. It allows for up to 18 passengers to be carried on a non-commercial basis, in an aircraft weighing up to 5.75 tonnes.

A PPL holder can also add further ratings which will enable flying at night, or flying in cloud with sole reference to the instruments. The training course requires a minimum of 45 hours flying training, which include at least 25 hours of dual flight instruction and 10 hours of solo flight time (of which 5 hours is cross country flying). There are also a number of theoretical knowledge exams to complete, which can be done as you progress with your training.

Our highly experienced and qualified instructors are on-hand to provide guidance and support through all aspects of your ground training, and examinations are conducted on site.

These exams include the following topics:

  1. Air Law
  2. Human Performance
  3. Meteorology
  4. Communications
  5. Aircraft General Knowledge
  6. Flight Performance & Planning
  7. Navigation
  8. Principles of Flight
  9. Operational Procedures

What it takes to get your PPL licence


45 hours of flying training


25 hours of dual flight instruction


10 hours of solo flight time (of which 5 hours is cross country)


Theoretical knowledge exams

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EASA LAPL flight training 

The European Light Aircraft Pilot’s Licence (LAPL) was introduced in 2012 as a way to reduce the requirements and cost of gaining a pilot’s licence. Medical requirements are also more relaxed. The training course consists of a minimum of 30 hours flying training, including 15 hours of dual instruction and 6 hours solo (of which 3 hours is cross-country flying). The same nine theoretical exams as in the PPL course must also be completed.

The LAPL is ideal for pilots who wish to fly recreationally, anywhere within the UK and much of Europe. It allows for up to 3 passengers to be carried, in an aircraft weighing up to 2 tonnes. A night rating can also be added to the LAPL, but flight is restricted to good weather only. A LAPL holder can also upgrade their licence to a full PPL licence at any time with further training.