PPL(A) Theory

 A new theoretical course starts in September 2023! Click here to enrol.

The Sabena Aeroclub has set up the first English speaking theoretical course for private pilots in Belgium. The club also organises theoretical courses in French on a continuous basis. Passing the theoretical exam is the first step to obtaining the Private Pilot License.

The course is given on the airfield of Grimbergen (Vliegveld Grimbergen), only 15 kilometers away from Brussels. The course is oriented towards the international community and expatriates living in Belgium. Of course, Dutch or French speaking candidates can also participate in the English course, but they may as well choose to enrol in the French course. Our theory course is modular which means the student can "drop in" any time a new subject starts.

While the main purpose is theoretical training in order to obtain the Private Pilot License, courses are open to anyone who would like to know more about flying or for any pilot who wishes to refresh his/her knowledge. Courses are given by a team of highly motivated ground instructors.

The PPL(A) theory training includes 9 courses:

  • Principles of flight
  • Aircraft general knowledge
  • Performance and flight preparation
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Air law and ATC procedures
  • Communication
  • Human performances and limitations
  • Operational procedures
Theory classroom
Theory class

The English course takes place on Saturday afternoons between 1:30pm and 5pm, from September until June. Its total duration is 112 hours. Together with the instructor, students can mutually agree to change dates/times subject to their availability. The PPL(A) theory course costs € 600 and includes books.

After having passed the theoretical exams at the Belgian Civil Aviation Authority in Brussels the practical exam must be completed within two years. At the Sabena Aeroclub it is possible, and even encouraged, to combine theoretical and practical training at the same time. This will give you a better understanding of many terms used during the theory course. To prepare you for the exam the club will use a little test at the end of each subject and a practice exam at the end of the course.

More information? Contact us at info@sabena-aeroclub.be or have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions.

Sabena Aeroclub

  • Near Brussels, heart of Europe
  • High-quality, professional training
  • Multilanguage & international
  • Friendly & personal atmosphere

Our Location


Our home base is Grimbergen, only 15 km away from Belgium's capital city and Brussels National Airport.