East African Civil Aviation Academy - EACAA (Soroti) EACAA


Mr. Mutobaano Peter
Quality Manager ATO


Published: Friday, March 02, 2018

Private Pilot License is a qualification that permits the holder to act as the pilot of an aircraft privately, i.e. not for remuneration (Commercial). PPL is the most common type of license in general aviation. To fly for remuneration, a private pilot must continue pilot training for a Commercial Pilot License (CPL). Private Pilot License is the first step in the aviation career.

Course entry requirements

At the beginning of the flight training the trainee must be at least 17-18 years old. At the time of final practical exam the trainee must be at least 18-19 years old. Valid 1st or 2nd class medical certificate.


The privileges of the holder of a PPL are to be considered, but not for remuneration or CPL, as pilot-in-command or co-pilot of any aeroplane engaged in non-revenue flights. At least 45 hours total time in airplanes, 25 hours of dual instruction and at least 10 hours of supervised solo flight time, including at least five hours of solo cross-country flight time with at least one cross-country flight of at least 270 km (150 NM) with two full stop landings at two aerodromes different from the aerodrome of departure.


The applicant has to demonstrate the theoretical knowledge at the CAA office in the form of written tests. Tests consists of nine subjects. A License to fly is awarded to an applicant achieving at least 75% average marks. Theoretical examination for the PPL must be successfully completed within a period of 18 months.
The practical skill exam in the airplane with the examiner can be taken after successful completion of the written tests.

Theoretical training

The applicant has to go through ground training covering: air law, airplane general knowledge, flight planning and monitoring, human limitations and performance, meteorology, navigation, operational procedures, basic aerodynamics and communication. This is done in 30 hours of ground training with the instructor.