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FAQ "Do I need a license to fly a "Trike"?

I presume by Trike you mean a Powered Parachute flown "single seat" under SSD

(single seat deregulation ) conditions ? (as opposed to a Flexwing Microlight)

by law you need the CAA license - NPPL Powered Parachute

licence

The full details can be found at http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/33/LASORS2008%20(Bookmarked).pdf

on the CAA website.

Have a look at the Doc above on page 20 - this shows what you have to

do to get a licence with your BHPA credits. Other pages show what you need to do if you have other PPL licenses or Microlight license and can use tehsse as credits towards the license (it means you can cut out some of the requirements as you already know them as a pilot).

I have pasted the section from 2008

Lasors below:

POWERED PARACHUTE

All flying training must be carried out under the supervision

of a flying instructor holding a valid AFI rating or a FI rating

on the type of powered parachute on which the training is

conducted. Solo flying may only be carried out when the

flying instructor is present at the take-off site at which the

flight commences.

Flight in any powered parachute is acceptable and should

follow either the dual training system for a two seat

aeroplane or the solo training system for a single seat

aeroplane.

Applicants may obtain either an “unrestricted” licence

or a “restricted” licence (which includes operational

limitations).

With Operational Limitations

Applicants shall be required to produce evidence of having

satisfactorily completed a course of training to a syllabus

recognised by the CAA and pass a Flight Test. The

syllabus of training must provide for a minimum of 4 hours

of flight time in a powered parachute including not less

than 1 hour as solo PIC and not less than 25 take-offs and

full stop landings of which at least 6 must be as solo PIC

in the 9 months prior to the date of application. In addition

applicants will be required to pass a GFT. The Flight Test

can be included in the minimum 4 hours of flight time.

The licence will impose the following constraints on the

licence holder:-

Limitation 1:

The licence is valid only for flights within the United

Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man; provided

that it shall be valid for flights within the territory of other

Contracting States with the prior written permission of the

appropriate Authority of such States.

Limitation 2:

No person in addition to the pilot shall be carried in the

aeroplane other than a qualified flying instructor in an

aeroplane equipped with dual controls provided that where

the pilot has gained not less than 15 hours experience on

Powered Parachute aeroplanes, including not less than 6

hours as solo PIC and such experience has been entered

in his personal flying log book and has been certified by

a person authorised by the CAA in writing to sign Cs of T

or Cs of E in a Private Pilot’s Licence, then this Limitation

(numbered 2) shall cease to apply.

Limitation 3:

No flight shall commence or continue unless:

a. the surface wind speed is 10 knots or less, and

b. there is no cloud below 1000 feet above ground level

over the take-off site and over the planned route

including the landing site, and

c. the flight can be conducted in a flight visibility of not

less than 10 kilometres.

Limitation 4:

The aeroplane shall not fly further than 8 nautical miles

from the take-off site.

Limitation 5:

No flight shall commence or continue at night.

Limitation 6:

The aeroplane shall not fly over any congested area of a

city, town or settlement.

Note: The Limitation No. 2 will cease to apply without

application to the Authority when the minimum flying

experience quoted in the Limitation has been achieved.

Limitations No. 3 & 4 will be removed from the licence, free

of charge, on application to the Authority when the holder

of the licence has obtained at least 15 hours experience

in Powered Parachutes, including at least 5 hours training

in flight navigation in Powered Parachutes, supervised by

a flying instructor, within the 9 months prior to the date of

application for the removal of the limitations. This navigational

shall include two 25 nm solo cross-country flights,

during each of which the applicant landed at least at one

other site not less than 10 nm from the take-off site at

which the flight began. The two-solo cross-country flights

must be flown over different routes and to different sites.

Without Operational Limitations

Applicants shall be required to produce evidence of

having satisfactorily completed a course of training to a

syllabus recognised by the CAA and pass a Flight Test.

The syllabus of training must provide for a minimum of

15 hours of flight time in a powered parachute supervised

by a flying instructor in a powered parachute. The total

must include not less than 6 hours as solo PIC, not less

than 25 take-offs and full stop landings of which at least

6 must be as solo PIC, not less than 5 hours training in

navigation during which at least 3 hours must be as solo

PIC and must include two solo 25nm cross-country flights

during each of which the applicant landed at least at one

other site not less than 10nm from the take-off site at

which the flight began. The two solo cross-country flights

must be flown over different routes and to different sites.

The hours laid down must be within the 9 months prior to

the date of application. The Flight Test can be included in

the minimum 15 hours of flight time.

Credits from Flying Training

Non-UK licence holders and military pilots who have

previous experience on Powered Parachutes should

contact the BMAA for details of any credits that may be

given.

Theoretical Knowledge Examination Requirements

An applicant for a Powered Parachute licence is currently

required to pass theoretical knowledge examinations in

the following subjects:-

1. Aviation Law, Flight Rules & Procedures

2. Human Performance & Limitations

3. Navigation & Meteorology

4. Aircraft (General)

5. Aircraft (Type) (Oral as part of the GFT)

Examinations 1, 2 and 3 are common to Microlights and

Powered Parachutes. The Aircraft (General) and Aircraft

(Type) are specific to Powered Parachutes.

Credits from Examinations

• The holder of a valid Non-UK Pilot’s licence

(Aeroplanes) issued by another ICAO Contracting

State may be credited the examinations in

Navigation, Meteorology, Aircraft (General) and

Aircraft (Type).

• A QSP in the UK Armed Forces may be credited

the examinations in Navigation, Meteorology and

Aircraft (General).

• A holder of a valid UK or another ICAO Contracting

State’s Flight Navigator’s Licence and UK Military

Navigators may be credited the examinations in

Navigation and Meteorology.

Flight Test

Applicants are required to pass the General Flight Test

conducted by a CAA authorised PPL Powered Parachute

Examiner in a Powered Parachute.

C6.4 NPPL MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS

An applicant for a NPPL shall hold a valid NPPL medical

declaration (DVLA Group 1 or Group 2 Standard) or a JARFCL

medical certificate. For full information regarding the

medical requirements please refer to the CAA web site at

www.caa.co.uk.

Re-validation

In order to revalidate a NPPL, the holder requires a

valid aircraft class rating and valid medical certificate or

declaration, appropriate to the NPPL, at the time of revalidation.

For the revalidation requirements for NPPL aircraft class

ratings, please refer to Section F6.

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