The minimum age for registration is 16 years, but the exam can only be taken following the 17th birthday. All formalities regarding the registration are carried out by the Aero Club Torino. Before registration, you must pass a medical examination at the Italian Air Force Institute of Legal Medicine (IML) "A. Mosso", Viale Aviation 1bis, Milan; alternatively the medical examination can be conducted at the IML of Rome, Naples or Bari. The secretariat of the Aero Club Torino (011.7790916) will organize the reservation.
For the medical examination, on an empty stomach, bring the following documents
- 1 passport sized photo;
- letter of introduction from the Aero Club Torino Flight School ;
- lettera presentazione della scuola di volo dell’Aero Club Torino;
- identity document;
At the moment of registration you provide the Secretariat with the following documents
- 1 passport sized photo;
- I.M.L. medical examination certificate;
The duration of the theoretical course is about 5 months with approximately 102 hours of instruction, with an obligatory attendance of not less than 80% of the hours in each of the following subjects: Principles of Flight, Aircraft General Information, Human Factors and Pilot Performance, Meteorology, Communications, Air Legislation, Operational Procedures, Performance and Planning, Air Navigation. Classes are held at the Aero Club Torino, two or three times a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings) from 20.30 to 23.00.
In order to take the exam, a minimum of 45 flight hours is required, of which 25 hours are dual command with an on-board instructor, 10 hours solo with 10 further hours at the discretion of the instructor, with a minimum of forty missions. For GPL or PPL (H) licence holders, a reduction of 10% of the accumulated hours as pilot-in- command is allowed, with a maximum of 10 hours reduction.
STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE
The course comprises the following steps:
- AUTHORIZATION FOR SOLO FLIGHTS: this is issued by the flight school following the first solo takeoff and must be compiled by the instructor for each subsequent PIC (Pilot in Command) flight.
- LEARNING TEST: held by the instructors of each subject of the theoretical course at the conclusion of the lessons.
- PRE-EXAMINATION SUITABILITY: means the student’s suitability for taking (and passing) the exam is evaluated by the instructor and by the flight instructors Coordinator at the completion of the practical exercises.
- MINISTERIAL EXAMINATION:
this is held before an ENAC Commission and takes place in two stages:
- a written (multiple choice) quiz covering the subjects of the course;
- a practical test flight with an Inspector appointed by ENAC.
The minimum total of gaining a PPL (A) is approximately €8,500 (excluding the cost of the medical examination and ENAC fees) and will be charged pro-rata with the progress of the course based on hours flown. This cost is related to the use of the Tecnam P2002JF aircraft and respecting the minimum Ministerial programme of 45 flight hours. It may therefore vary if a greater number of hours are flown (depends on the student’s learning ability) or if a different type of aircraft is used, given that the hourly cost of an aircraft varies depending on the model and the rate in force at the time for its rental (which varies with the price of fuel). Other aircraft in the fleet are available for training, including 140 hp Piper Cherokees and 161 hp Piper Warriors (for updated information on the fleet and costs refer to the www.aeroclubtorino.it website).
The cost figure also includes:
- the cost of the theoretical course, € 500
Aeroclub fees that the student must pay at registration. On this occasion, the student will receive his/her "Pilot bag" containing the necessary text books, flight computer, plotter, charts etc.
MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR STUDENTS
The figure in the previous paragraph also includes the Aero Club Torino membership fee for the current year plus a one-off entry fee of 10%. For the following year, pupils are entitled to a discount of 50% on the condition that they have not in the meantime become the holder of a pilots licence. Students under the age of 25 years enjoy an additional 50% discount.
All aircraft are equipped with Kasko insurance and insured for civil liability risk and carrier civil liability. There is also an accident policy in favour of the students with a limit of €100,000.00 in case of death or permanent disability.