Training and licensingLicences
The Finnish Civil Aviation Authority’s Training and Licensing Section issues the following
types of licences:
Student pilot licenceA
student pilot licence is required for commencing basic flying training.
Application for a student pilot
licence must be submitted by the training organisation and the student pilot together. Further information
can be obtained from training organisations.
pilot licenceA private pilot course can be undertaken at a
flying club or training organisation holding a training approval for this
purpose. After the course, the applicant must pass a theoretical knowledge
examination and skill test organised by the Finnish Civil Aviation
Authority. When the applicant has satisfactorily completed both tests, the
Finnish Civil Aviation Authority issues a private pilot licence.
A private pilot licence entitles its holder to fly alone or e.g. with friends, without taking any remuneration from the passengers. The costs of the flight can, however, be shared. A private pilot licence does not allow flying against remuneration.
The abbreviation for private pilot licence is PPL, (A)/(H). The letter A signifies that the licence holder has the right for private flying with aeroplanes, and the letter H with helicopters.
pilot licenceThe abbreviation for commercial pilot licence is
CPL, (A)/(H). The holder of a commercial pilot licence is entitled to
fly for commercial purposes. A CPL holder working for a commercial
operator may therefore transport people or goods against remuneration. A
CPL holder has the right to act as pilot-in-command in such aircraft for
which a single-pilot crew is required according to the Flight Manual. In
those aircraft for which more than one pilot is required in the Flight
Manual or for a specific type of operations, a CPL holder may act as
Airline transport pilot licenceThe
abbreviation for airline transport pilot licence is ATPL(A)/(H). The
holder of an airline transport pilot licence is entitled to act as
pilot-in-command in multi-pilot aircraft.
aviation licencesSport aviation licences include the Glider
Pilot Licence (GPL), Motor Glider Pilot Licence (MGPL), Ultralight Pilot
Licence (UPL), Autogiro Pilot Licence (APL), and Balloon Pilot Licence
(BPL). These licences are intended for recreational flying. Similarly to
the private pilot licence, sport aviation licences may not be used for
commercial operations. Sport aviation licences can be obtained from a
flying club holding a training approval for the specific licence.
of national licences into JAR licencesIt is not mandatory to
convert the national licence into a JAR licence. A national licence is
sufficient for flying Finnish-registered aircraft, whereas a JAR licence
also entitles its holder to fly aircraft registered in other JAA states.
A JAR licence is needed e.g. when working in another JAA country. JAR
licences are maintained in the same way as national licences.