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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 must 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 3 November 2011, Part-FCL, Subpart C, and Section 6, BPL.

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


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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 broad knowledge and experience when it comes to (EU) law and regulations, verification of qualifications, production and customer support.

Foreign holders of licences can also submit their application to us. We process and review Part-FCL licence applications in accordance with EASA standards. Our experienced staff will process your request within fifteen working days.