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BPL - Balloon Pilot Licence

The BPL (Balloon Pilot Licence) is a European licence with which you can fly as a Pilot in Command (PIC) in hot-air balloons during non-commercial flights without financial compensation. 


To be eligible for a BPL, you have to meet the following conditions: 

  • be at least 16 years old; 
  • have received and finished training at an ATO (Approved Training Organisation), which has been certified by the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate; 
  • have had at least 16 hours of flight instruction in the same class/group of balloons; 
  • have successfully taken theory exams in nine different fields of knowledge; 
  • have taken a skill test to act as PIC in the relevant class and to perform relevant procedures and manoeuvres with a degree of competence fitting the licences issued; 
  • be in possession of a medical certificate class 2.

These conditions are based on EU regulation 1178/2011, dated November 3, 2011, Part-FCL, Subpart C, and Section 6, BPL.

The restriction to non-commercial flights can be lifted if the following conditions are met: 

  • be at least 16 years old; 
  • 50 hours flight time, and 50 starts and landings completed in hot-air balloons as (PIC); 
  • successfully completed a skill test with an examiner in a hot-air balloon of the relevant class. 


Use the application form on the right side of this page to submit your application. After receiving your complete application, including the payment and all required attachments, we strive to process your application within seven days. Incomplete applications are not subject to the seven of process. If your application is not complete we will inform you regarding the missing documents and/or payment.


Check the rates for the fee. 

What else do I need to know?

We at Kiwa Register issue well over 100.000 licences to professionals (e.g. airline engineers, airline pilots, ship captains) and to companies (e.g. airlines, truck companies and shipping companies). 

We have a long history of issuing licences for the public sector. This results in a broad knowledge and experience when it comes to (EU) law and regulations, qualifications verification, production and customer support.

We process and review Part-FCL licence applications in accordance with EASA standards. Our experienced staff will process your request within seven days.

Foreign holders of licences can also submit their application to us. Consult the table below to ensure that we can process your application. 

Can you submit an application?

First issue  
Nationality country not applicable
Resident country not applicable
Licence holder or EASA qualifications:  
Qualifications obtained in EASA Member State (ATO organisation for FCL)  applicable
Part-FCL Approved Training Organisations under EASA oversight not applicable
Verification application  
Verification identity applicant applicable
Qualifications obtained in an EASA member state (ATO organisation for FCL) applicable
Part-FCL Approved Training Organisations under EASA oversight not applicable