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Singapore Private Pilot License -
  July 2011

In order to pilot a Singapore registered aircraft which is prefixed 9V-XXX, one has to possess a valid Singapore Private Pilot Licence issued by the CAAS. Alternatively, there are also many FAA (US) registered aircraft prefixed N-XXXX available in Singapore that can be piloted by FAA PPL holders without restriction.

1. Getting Started: To begin your training for the restricted note Private Pilot Licence, you would need to have a Student Pilot Licence (SPL).

a. The Minimum age for obtaining a SPL is 16 years old.

b. To obtain a SPL, you need to pass a medical check-up conducted by ST Medical Services for the issue of SPL.


c. Upon completion of your medical check-up, the Medical Examiner will submit your medical report to the Civil Aviation Medical Board (CAMB).


d. While your medical report is being processed, you can apply for a SPL at CAAS by filling up Form CAAS (FO) 06, APPLICATION FOR STUDENT PILOT’S LICENCE (this form can be downloaded from the CAAS web site at www.caas.gov.sg and is also available at the CAAS office - 65412482)

e. It will take about two to three weeks for CAMB/CAAS to process your application. If it is successful, they will notify you in writing when your SPL is ready for collection.

Note : Due to the lack of airspace in Singapore it is not possible to complete the Pilot Navigation Training phase of the syllabus and upon successful completion of the training and Flight Test, a student will be issued with a Singapore restricted PPL. However, an unrestricted PPL is still obtainable by completing the Pilot Navigation Training with a flying club in Malaysia after obtaining your restricted PPL.

2. Flying Training: To start flying training, one must join one of the local flying clubs. Discovery Flying Club has one of the most advanced GA aircraft available for flying training. The DA-40 is equipped with the state-of-the-art glass-cockpit powered by the Garmin 1000. Typical cost per flying hour ranges from $300 to $500 depending on aircraft type and with/without instructor.

a. The syllabus of training must provide for a minimum of 40 hours of flight time. More realistically, the average hours required to reach PPL standard on a part-time basis over a period of about 12 to 18 months is about 60 to 70 hours.

b The minimum of 40 hours of flight training must include at least:

- 20 hours of dual instruction under the supervision of an Assistant Flying Instructor (AFI) or a Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI).
- 10 hours of solo flight time under the supervision of an AFI or a QFI including at least 5 hours of solo cross-country flight time.

c A restricted PPL enables a pilot to fly as pilot-in-command of an aircraft within the aerodrome control zone and the local training areas only. A restricted PPL holder will have its restriction lifted upon completion of the Pilot Navigation Training which can be done in Malaysia and is optional. Unrestricted PPL enables the pilot to fly cross-country out of Singapore.

3. Ground Examinations: In conjunction with your flight training, there are 7 ground examinations that you will have to complete. Of the 7 ground examinations, 6 are written and 1 practical examination. The ground examinations are conducted by the Flight Operations Division of CAAS on the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month. The 7 ground examinations are:

a. Radiotelephony - Written
b. Radiotelephony - Practical
c. Air Law
d. Navigation
e. Meteorology
f. Aircraft Rating
g. Human Performance and Limitation

4. PPL Application: To apply for the initial issue of the restricted PPL you must:

a. Hold a valid Medical Certificate for SPL/PPL.
b. Pass all the 7 ground examinations.
c. Comply with the minimum number of hours.

d. pass the PPL Flight Test within 6 months of attempting any of the written examination.

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