LAPL/NPPL and EASA
I am puzzled by a couple of points in February Airmail letter ‘Another Sad Tale’. John Chorley says “my friend who has an NPPL/LAPL cannot fly the aeroplane after April 2018”. This is not correct. EASA aeroplanes can be flown after April 2018 on an LAPL, but not an NPPL. I know this only too well as I fly on an NPPL but am having to get an LAPL before continuing to fly our club (EASA) aeroplanes.
As some Bölkow Juniors are already on Permits (assume he means LAA) why does he not change his aeroplane and others onto a Permit?
Dave Scott by email
It is true that an LAPL enables P1 flight on EASA aircraft. However, it may be that some NPPL pilots would encounter difficulties meeting the LAPL medical requirements (perhaps costly private procedures to prove fitness to fly)… the very reason they chose an NPPL in the first place – Ed.