Information about the different types of licences that are available
A private pilot licence is all you need to fly as a hobby. There is a choice of private licences and which one you want usually depends on whether you see the need to fly in any country in the world, restrict yourself to Europe, or simply fly locally in the UK.
There are different categories of licences to fly a helicopter, gyroplane, balloon, airship, glider or aeroplane. Even if you only intend to fly in the UK, it is worthwhile assessing all licence options and not restricting yourself unless you have to.
Minimum age requirements
You have to be:
Apart from flying instruction or examining for private licences you’ll need a commercial level licence if you want to make a living as a pilot.
If you are a new starter wanting to learn to fly your flying school can offer advice on training, licence types and ratings.
If you want the exact requirements and more detail then you can download the CAA publication CAP 804 Flight Crew Licensing: Mandatory Requirements, Policy and Guidance www.caa.co.uk/cap804