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The PPL Learning Objectives

The Civil Aviation Authority introduced a new examination system for the PPL and LAPL called the "e-exams". This system is now used for aeroplane and helicopter exams.

The PPL exams are now computer based and taken at the flying school

Rather than the old paper based tests, the e-exams are computer based and bring a whole new question database. Each exam is randomly generated, rather than a set series of questions that were given before. To accompany this change, the CAA released a series of documents which outline the theoretical knowledge requirements for each subject. These are known as learning objectives.


Each learning objective is assigned a reference number (for example 021.02.01.01) and this is used in the e-exam system. Rather than telling the student specifically which question they answered incorrectly at the end of the test, the system gives a list of learning objective reference numbers and suggests that those areas are revised. This is known as the Knowledge Deficiency Report. The reason for this change is to prevent the correct answers from being inadvertently released.


Several students have mentioned that the learning objectives are difficult to find, so for your convenience you will find them here in PDF format:

Air Law Learning Objectives (Aeroplane and Helicopter)
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Operational Procedures Learning Objectives (Aeroplane and Helicopter)
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Download PDF • 534KB
Human Performance Learning Objectives (Aeroplane and Helicopter)
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Download PDF • 582KB
Aircraft General Learning Objectives (Aeroplane and Helicopter)
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Download PDF • 750KB
Principles of Flight Learning Objectives (Aeroplanes)
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Download PDF • 877KB
Principles of Flight Learning Objectives (Helicopter)
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Download PDF • 717KB
Meteorology Learning Objectives (Aeroplane and Helicopter)
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Download PDF • 656KB
Navigation Learning Objectives (Aeroplane and Helicopter)
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Download PDF • 649KB
Communications Learning Objectives (Aeroplane and Helicopter)
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Download PDF • 511KB
Flight Performance and Planning Learning Objectives (Aeroplane and Helicopter)
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Download PDF • 594KB

In which order should I take the PPL exams?

Whilst is it not mandatory to take the exams in any particular order, we recommend the following:

  1. Air Law

  2. Operational Procedures

  3. Human Performance

  4. Aircraft General Knowledge

  5. Principles of Flight

  6. Meteorology

  7. Navigation

  8. Communications

  9. Flight Performance and Planning

How many questions are in each PPL exam and how long do they take?

The exams contain 12-16 questions and are 20 to 50 minutes long. Specifically, they are as follows:

  • Air Law: 16 questions, 35 minutes

  • Operational Procedures: 12 questions, 30 minutes

  • Human Performance: 12 questions, 25 minutes

  • Aircraft General Knowledge: 16 questions, 35 minutes

  • Principles of Flight: 12 questions, 35 minutes

  • Meteorology: 16 questions, 50 minutes

  • Navigation: 12 questions, 45 minutes

  • Communications: 12 questions, 20 minutes

  • Flight Performance and Planning: 12 questions, 45 minutes


The candidate must achieve a score of 75% or more to pass the exam.


How should I prepare for the PPL exams?

You can study for the exams with QuizAero Bitesize. Our online ground school covers all of the theoretical knowledge requirements for the PPL and LAPL as listed above. In addition, we provide practice tests which contain highly realistic questions based on our experience with the new e-exams. Click here to view the options.


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