Light Aircraft Pilot Course - LAPL (A)


Our Light Aircraft Pilot course will allow you to obtain an EASA LAPL (A) licence.

This licence will allow you to fly certified light aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of 2,000kg and up to four seats, always on a recreational basis, i.e. for non-commercial purposes.

It is a lower qualification than Private Pilot, ideal for those people who wish to embark on the world of aviation, but who do not intend to become professionals in the sector.

The LAPL licence is a middle ground between a ULM licence and a PPL(A) licence with benefits such as:

  • Validation of theoretical subjects: 100% of the theory for the PPL(A) course is validated, while for the ULM licence no theory is validated.
  • Validation of flight hours: flight hours are certified and can be accumulated (with the ULM licence only 10% of the total is validated, with the LAPL licence 100% of the hours are validated).
  • Flying in VFR visual conditions in controlled airspace and/or airports.
  • Flying at night in visual conditions with NVFR rating*.
  • Flying certified light aircraft with a maximum take-off weight of 2.000kg and up to four seats on unpaid flights (non-commercial).


*The NVFR rating is a separate course not included in the LAPL (A) course.

Theoretical training

The theoretical part of the Light Aircraft Pilot Course consists of more than 117 hours of theoretical training divided into the following subjects:


  • Air Law
  • Human Performance
  • Meteorology
  • Communications
  • Flight Principles
  • Operational Procedures
  • Flight Performance and Planning
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Navigation
  • Flight Safety

Theoretical training can be done on-site, online face-to-face or by distance learning.

  • On-site: you can join a group of students and attend classes from Monday to Friday ( schedules subject to availability) at our facilities in Gran Canaria or Tenerife.
  • Online face-to-face: your best option if you live outside the Canary Islands; you attend classes via live video call with the instructor and your fellow students. Monday to Friday and in the same timetable as the on-site mode.
  • Distance learning: designed to offer you maximum flexibility whether you are a student or working. You will have access to an e-learning platform where you will find all the study material and a chat to communicate with our instructors. You will have to pass the modules and progress tests at your own pace. Includes 10 hours of face-to-face tutoring.

Once the theoretical study hours have been completed, students must pass internal exams to ensure satisfactory results in the official exams.

After passing the official exams, students will be accredited in the corresponding theoretical knowledge to develop their role as light aircraft pilots (LAPL), moving on to the practical phase of the training.

Flight practical part

The flight training portion of the Light Aircraft Pilot Course consists of a minimum of 30 flight training hours, including 6 hours as solo pilot-in-command.

This practical part will end with a 1.5 hour skill test.

The training will be carried out in the surroundings of the Maspalomas - El Berriel Aerodrome (private airfield managed by the school) and in the 8 different international airports of the Canary Islands archipelago, providing our pilots with all the necessary flying skills.

Total flight hours
31.30 hours


Optional payment in 4 interest-free instalments.
Low-interest student loans, more information here.


  • 117 hours of theoretical instruction
  • Access to e-learning platforms (CATS, Training Canavia)
  • 30 hours of flight instruction
  • Internal preparatory exams
  • Uniform and necessary equipment: headphones, briefcase, logbook, plotter, CR3, VFR visual chart and high-visibility jacket.

Not included:

  • Medical exam (approx. €140)
  • Official exam attempts after the first (up to 4 attempts allowed)
  • Taxes (7% IGIC)
  • Exam fees (subject to Austrocontrol, approx. €630)
  • Flight examiner fee (approx. €200)
  • Issue of licence (approx. €80)
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Pass a Class LAPL aeronautical medical exam
  • Pass a Maths and Physics entry test
  • Pass an English interview (only if you will carry out the training in English)


Aeronautical Medical Centres

We offer you accommodation in our residence for the exclusive enjoyment of Canavia students

  • Located within a 30-minute drive to classes and flights.
  • Single rooms, lockable. Common areas: kitchen, living room, TV area, toilets, garden.
  • From €350 to €400 per month.
  • Including water, electricity and WiFi costs up to a maximum of €140 monthly per house.

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