The ECQB-PPL is an international question database for private pilot licences (PPL(A/H), SPL, BPL) that is based on European regulations and standards and is also ICAO-compliant. It is available in several languages and is updated two to four times a year.
…find out here which aviation authorities examine with the ECQB-PPL in which languages.
…can download documents for preparation and do practice exercises in the PEXO examination system here.
…find a selection of providers for exam preparation software (question trainers) here.
…please contact us by e-mail for further information on the use and implementation of the question databases.
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In order to get an insight into the examination questions of the ECQB-PPL, you have the possibility to download training questions and complex attachments here. These questions reflect the ECQB-PPL questions and are therefore also suitable for exam preparation. For a more specific preparation using training software, please contact your flight school or an aviation supplies dealer.
Please note that the exam also consists of non-published questions. See also the FAQ at the bottom of this page.
The Attachment Reference Handbook contains complex attachments that may appear in the examination, including those from the unpublished part. These are in particular flight performance tables and navigation charts. Some of the attachments (e.g. navigation charts) may be provided by the examination authorities in paper form.
These published questions in the PEXO examination system can be repeated as often as desired. The language can be selected before starting.
ECQB-PPL stands for “European Central Question Bank for Private Pilot Licences“. It is an international question bank for private pilot licenses, which is based on European regulations and standards. It is also ICAO-compliant and adaptable to regional needs. It can therefore also be used in non-European countries.
PPL(A), PPL(H), SPL, BPL (Gas + Hot Air) as well as the corresponding LAP-licences.
The detailed learning objectives can be downloaded here. These are based on and compliant to AMC1 FCL.210; FCL.215 (PPL(A) and PPL(H)) as well as AMC1 SFCL.130 for SPL and AMC1 BFCL.130 for BPL.
In addition, the ECQB-PPL covers AltMoCs from various aviation authorities. This includes AltMoC 2020-00034 of the BMVI, which is valid in Germany as well as Civil Aviation Personnel Notice (ACG) FCL 13, which was submitted by Austro Control GmbH and applies to examinations in Austria.
The ECQB-PPL has been continuously developed since 2010. Both new and existing questions are subjected to a review process that is based on international standards. When developing the questions, attention is paid to clear formulations and relevant content. An international team of experts from various areas of aviation is constantly doing its best.
The ECQB-PPL is currently available in English, German, French, Dutch, Slovene, Romanian and Czech. Please ask your flight school or the competent authority which language(s) is / are used during the examination.
The ECQB-PPL is becoming increasingly popular with aviation authorities and is used worldwide. A list of aviation authorities currently using the ECQB-PPL can be found above. If you are unsure whether the ECQB-PPL will be used for your examination, please contact your flight school or the responsible aviation authority directly.
The questions of the ECQB-PPL are partly published to give candidates the opportunity to prepare for the type of questions. Another part of the ECQB-PPL is only accessible to aviation authorities and is not published.
The decision whether published questions are also used during the examination is made by the responsible aviation authority.
The published part of the questions represents the ECQB-PPL both thematically and in relation to the type of questions. The unpublished questions can, for example, contain other formulations or aspects of a subject area. These are not unknown subject areas or complex and unknown formulations. Complex attachments are published in the Attachment Reference Handbook (see above for download).
The published part of the questions represents the ECQB-PPL both thematically and in relation to the type of questions. The unpublished questions can, for example, contain other formulations or aspects of a subject area. These are not unknown subject areas or complex and unknown formulations. Complex attachments are published in the Attachment Reference Handbook.
It is much more important than the questions that your flight school teaches you the relevant knowledge and skills. The questions can only take specific aspects of the learning content as examples, but require a more extensive understanding of the solution methods in order to be able to answer similar questions (e.g. calculation methods with other numbers) or other aspects of the topic selected in the question. In short: You should not “memorise” the questions, but process the issues addressed and “understand” the solutions. This is the best preparation for the exam!
Textbooks as well as examination question software are available as learning aids and for concrete preparation. Your flight school or aviation supply dealer can help here.
The sample questions provided free of charge represent the ECQB-PPL and are suitable as a supplement to ground school training for exam preparation. However, they are not updated as regularly as software products, which you can purchase.
However, this does not affect whether you pass the exam or not.
Complex attachments used (maps, graphs) are included in the attachment reference manual, which can be downloaded in the download section. Some of the attachments (e.g. navigation charts) are printed out by the examination authorities and made available in paper form during the examination.
Basically, the ECQB-PPL is an international database that contains generally applicable questions. Due to regional peculiarities and local requirements, there may be additional questions of the authorities in some countries (e.g. Malta, South Africa).
The ECQB-PPL, including all questions and attachments, is subject to copyright. To clarify the possibilities of further use, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
As a student, please contact your responsible theory instructor. As an instructor or expert, please contact email@example.com.
We are always looking for experts. If you are interested in participating, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please take into account that the original database is developed and maintained in English.