Guidance for Student Microlight Pilots


The guidance below is for student pilots undertaking training towards a NPPL Microlight or Powered Parachute Pilots Licence.

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Requirements for Microlight Students

The details below cover all Microlight Courses from UK NPPL(Microlight) and NPPL(PP) [Powered Parachutes]. Even if you are a pilot of an aircraft that does not need a licence (e.g. Paraglider or Single Seat Deregulated Aircraft) you will still need to know some of the subject matter detailed below from an Air Law perspective!

Course Information

There are some hoops you need to jump through in order to complete the necessary requirements for your licence and in addition to your flying training.

These relate to the study for and taking of the necessary official theoretical knowledge exams, and are explained as concisely as we can below.

You will need to study for, and pass a total of five official (BMAA) exams. The subjects are:

  • Air Law
  • Aircraft Technical
  • Meteorology
  • Human Performance & Limitations
  • Navigation

In addition, if you wish to use a radio, you will also need to pass the following:

  • Communications (Radio Telephony)
  • Communications (Radio Telephony) Oral (Practical) Examination
Pass Mark

The pass mark for each exam is 75%. This is also the pass mark for our own on-line exams associated with these courses.


All of the exams must be passed within a period of 24 months prior to the application for the licence.

Exam Locations

You may only sit exams at a location registered with the BMAA.

These locations will also have approved Ground Examiners who will act as invigilator.

The exam location will normally be the same as your flight training organisation.

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How to Study to the Microlight Pilots Licence

As is often the case, you can make life easy, or you can make life difficult for yourself.

We have an in-depth understanding of the level and type of knowledge required for each of the subjects you need to study for your goal.

The amount of knowledge you need to assimilate is dependent upon the subject in question. Some subjects also complement each other, so studying them in a certain order can be beneficial from both a learning convenience and understanding perspective.

Taking all these factors into account, along with our knowledge of training and learning abilities, we highly recommend you take note of our suggested study guide and exam sitting strategy below to assure yourself every chance of success.

Study Order Course
1 Air Law
3 Aircraft Technical Knowledge
5 Meteorology
6 Human Performance & Limitations
7 Navigation
8 Communications(*)

* There is also a Communications Practical (Oral) Exam with a Radiotelephony Examiner. You will need to have a separate revision/preparation session for this exam. We recommend you contact us for this revision session!

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