This licence is usually the first step for students seeking a career in aviation as pilots. The privileges of this licence include flying for recreational purposes but not for commercial purposes so one should not expect to be paid while exercising privileges of this licence as a private pilot licence holder.

Age requirements

>To hold a PPL you must be at least 18 years old.

>To go on your first solo flight you must be at least 17 years old.

>Please note that despite the legal age requirement on holding a P.P.L, there is no age limit as to how early you can start covering the ground school.

Flying requirements

40 hours course (minimum), Minimum of 25 hours dual and 15 hours solo all flights will be based at Wilson Airport.

Four distinct phases

1) Dual General handling (exercises 1-11)

2) Dual Circuits to solo circuits (exercises 12, 13, 14)

3) Dual Navigation to solo navigation (exercises 18)

4) Advanced general handling and revision to get ready for Skills Test (exercises 15-19).

Examination requirements

Since a P.P.L licence in Kenya is government issued, all exams are assessed and invigilated by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA). There are two seating per month with no cut-off number of trials.

The exams are held and sat at the East African School of Aviation in Embakasi, Nairobi.

There will be presentations and bi-weekly quizzes to monitor the level of understanding per subject.

There are seven written examinations covering: -

  • Aviation Law and Operational Procedures
  • Navigation
  • Meteorology
  • Human Performance
  • Performance and Flight Planning
  • Aircraft Technical and Principles of Flight

There are two oral examinations covering: -

  • Radio communications and broadcasting
  • English language proficiency

Medical requirements

A general level of medical health is required

Medical costs are at approximately KES11,000 (USD120) depending on the doctor you visit.

 These tests are to be done and it is a requirement that you have a medical certificate before you can be issued with a Student Pilot License

Equipment needed (starter kit)

1 pair of Aviation Headset, Capital Connect Aviation Ltd subject books, CBT system (computer based Training), Flight Computer/ CX-2, M5 maps with laminations, Square protractor, 2 Epaulettes, Navigation ruler, East African weather for aviators, Kneeboard, Checklist, Strainer, Pilot logbook, Flying Record book, Headset bag  

You can get all these in our ground school starter packages


PPL training costs

Piper Cherokee @KES 16,000 (USD 163) Cessna 172 @KES 15,500 (USD 158)
Min. 40 flying hours 640,000 (USD 6,531) 620,000 (USD 6,326)
Ground school 50,000 (USD 510) 50,000 (USD 510)
Registration fees & airport pass 9,000 (USD 92) 9,000 (USD 92)
KCAA Ground school exams 9,000 (USD 92) 9,000 (USD 92)
GFT Examination USD 200 USD 200
KCAA Radio licence 1,000 (USD 10) 1,000 (USD 10)
English proficiency test 3,000 (USD 31) 3,000 (USD 31)
Medical 11,000 (USD 112) 11,000 (USD 112)
Total for PPL (Approximate) 743,000 (USD 7,578) 723,000 (USD 7,372)