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Flying training

As part of the Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies BEng and Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies MEng courses, students will undertake flying training during Level 1.

The additional cost of flying for 2017 entry payable on enrolment is £3,150. This covers the first 15 hours of flight training with a qualified flying instructor. Transport to and from the airfield during the first year is provided. It is important to note that after you complete the first 15 hours of flight training, it will be up to you to liaise with the flying school yourself to obtain your licence.

Flying training is delivered by Booker Aviation based at Wycombe Air Park in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Booker Aviation is a leading flying school and the flying training element of the programme (both theory and flying) is run by dedicated flying instructors from Booker Aviation, all of whom have many years flying experience.

Flying training will take place every Wednesday throughout term-time and transport to and from Wycombe Air Park will be provided by the University. We aim to fly as much as possible every Wednesday, but if the weather does intervene, then sufficient contingency time is built in to make sure the 32 hours in the air will be completed by the end of the second term. Flying lessons will be in a Cessna 152.

Passing the NPPL

It is a requirement of the Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies degree programme that both the theory and flying element of the programme are passed in order to obtain a named Aviation Engineering with Pilot Studies degree. In order to undertake NPPL flying training, you must first pass a medical. See Course FAQs page for further details.

However, in the first year all we ask is that you complete the ground theory and 15 hours flying in order to gain a pass for this element of the course. This allows for very bad weather but also makes provision for students who feel they need more time to complete their flying training. For example, if you wish you can continue your flying training in the second year of your studies and this will not affect your academic progression (provided you fly for 15 hours and complete the ground school in the first year).

The minimum flying time required by the CAA in order to obtain an NPPL is 32 hours. We hope that students will pass the flying practice in 32 hours, however if this is not the case then extra hours flying will be necessary. Provision for undertaking these extra flying hours will be made in Level 2, however students will be expected to pay the extra cost of any additional flying lessons required in order to pass the NPPL.

Failure to pass the NPPL flying exams by the end of Level 2, or termination of flying lessons at 32 hours flying without achieving a pass, will mean that students transfer onto the Aviation Engineering course with no further penalty (i.e. this will not affect grades that count towards your final degree classification). This is, however, conditional on students passing their NPPL ground theory in Level 1.

The NPPL allows the holder to fly for recreational purposes in UK airspace and to carry up to 3 passengers.

Upgrading to a JAR PPL

Gaining a JAR PPL is not a requirement of the "with Pilot Studies" programme. However, it is recommended that those students who wish to apply for professional/commercial pilot training after graduation, obtain their JAR PPL qualification.

Students may upgrade their NPPL to a full JAR PPL by taking at least 15 hours further flying lessons. Note that the ground theory for the JAR PPL is identical to the NPPL, so it is only the extra flying practice that needs to be undertaken. It is possible, if you are dedicated, to complete the JAR PPL in Level 1, and a number of students do this every year; however, provision for taking these lessons will also be made in the Level 2 timetable, although students who wish to undertake these further lessons must pay for them themselves (whether they are undertaken in Level 1 or Level 2).

The JAR PPL allows the holder to fly outside of UK airspace and to carry more than 3 passengers.