Private Pilot License, the first useful qualification to fly a private plane or to start a career as a professional pilot.

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The Private Pilot License (PPL) is the first flight license obtainable for the qualification to fly an aircraft. With this license, one is authorized to fly for private purposes, that is, without any form of payment for the pilot. The private pilot's license does not require any prior aviation experience.

Pre-Requirements for Admission:
  • Be at least 16 years of age, and you must have reached 17 in order to sit the practical exam
  • Be in possession of (at least) second-class mental and physical certificate issued by a medical specialist in aviation medicine (AME)
  • Have attended compulsory schooling.
Course schedule:
Total hours of theoretical instruction: 119:00
Total hours of practical instruction: 45:00

ATO CANTOR AIR has developed a program normally including a total of no less than 119 hours of theoretical instruction distributed in the various subjects of instruction. The course is held for about 1 1/2 months, with afternoon classes from Monday to Saturday. The nine subjects the course covers are:

  • Air law
  • Human performance
  • Aircraft general knowledge
  • Navigation
  • Principles of flight
  • Operational procedures
  • Flight performance and planning
  • Meteorology
  • Communications
Flight Program:

The flight program includes no less than:

  • 30 hours of Dual Command (Dual) instruction on C152 or P2008 aircraft;
  • 15 hours Pilot Only (PIC) on C152 or P2008 aircraft.
Scheduled Exams:

A theoretical examination at an ENAC Directorate once the theory is completed and the internal test is passed successfully;

A practical exam with ENAC Inspector once the theoretical exam is passed with positive results and the 45 hours of flight time are completed.

Course Duration:

The duration of the Course, which must be conducted in an acceptably continuous form, is normally between 3 - 6 months from the date of commencement but can be adapted to the needs of the candidate.


All those who have attended compulsory school and are at least 16 years old can enrol in the PPL course.

Subsequently, candidates may undergo a psycho-physical fitness medical examination at a centre recognized by the Institute of Legal Medicine, after which they must obtain, before the first flight, first- or second-class medical certification, as prescribed in the in the ENAC medical regulations.


The goals of the course are to obtain a complete training, both theoretical and practical. 

Flight missions’ exercises - as a single pilot or as co-pilot on safe and controlled aircraft - are accompanied by numerous hours of academic instruction.

The students will conclude their studies with the achievement of the Class Qualification on single-engine aircraft SEP (Land).

The course will include a complete training of theory and flight missions. In particular, the theoretical program normally includes no less than 119 hours of training distributed over various teaching subjects: study in the classroom, viewing slides, use of interactive systems and any other thing that can contribute to developing the level of professional culture of the student.

The flight program, on the other hand, includes at least 30 hours of Dual Command Instruction (Dual) and 15 hours as Solo Pilot (PIC).

The duration of the course, which must be continuously, is generally between 3 and 6 months; however, the personal needs of each candidate will also be kept in mind, and for this reason the times can be adapted.


The PPL is a very versatile certification, as it can be integrated with ratings that allow you to fly, always free of charge, a wide range of aircraft such as multi-engine piston aircraft (MEP), turbocharged engine, retractable landing gear, variable pitch, two-wheeled landing gear, seaplanes, biplanes, night-time visual flight (VFR), instrument flight (IFR) and more.

The Cantor air S.r.l. flight school, as already underlined, is extremely educational. It represents a safe investment for the future of its students: thanks to their hard work and serious commitment, the school will in fact lead them towards an authoritative and professional career.

Many alumni, proof of this, have been enrolled in the major European airlines.

The school instructors are extremely well trained and will be real guides for their students. A striking example is represented by Captain Roberto Magnani, HEAD OF TRAINING of the A.T.O. Cantor Air: retired from the Air Force after 21 years of honourable career, he represents an absolute level leader who brings a rare mark of quality and seriousness in the aeronautical teaching sector, thanks to his experience and his qualities as an instructor. At his side we find real professionals, teachers from the most varied branches of flight activities with a vast wealth of experience, whose teaching skills are testified by titles and awards from all over the world.

The Cantor Air flight academy is a school with a by now consummate experience that immediately distinguished itself for its goal of training students at the highest level. It has obtained the official certification issued by E.N.A.C, certified at European level, and in the following years it has distinguished itself in the panorama through its modern teaching methodologies, advanced technological tools and highly qualified personnel. The watchword is "excellence", which Cantor Air intends to create and renew every day: through its courses, the preparation is total and covers the student at 360 degrees, with specific teachings modelled on the different characteristics of each one, thanks also to the full availability of the teachers who study their students in depth to better accompany them in the air as well as on the ground. In fact, training does not end when you touch the ground, but also includes essential technical material such as specific information on Flight Safety and Teaching Methodology. Thanks to this all-encompassing knowledge acquired, the student will be able to juggle skilfully, responding successfully to the various market needs. Further proof of the validity of Cantor Air's teaching is the collaboration with various European realities, which realizes the promise of an applicable employment across the continent.

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