STEPS TOWARDS BECOMING A PILOT
Obtaining your Recreational Pilot Certificate
GoFly Aviation lessons will include FREE simulator use and FREE use of our innovative GoFly360 online videos with every lesson
The first thing you will do is sign up for temporary membership of Recreational Aviation Australia (RAA), which covers you for your first 3 hours of flight training.
Lesson 01 Trial Introductory Flight
An introduction into the basics of flight training.
Lesson 02 Effects of Control
Teaches you the primary and secondary effects of the controls and how they affect the aircraft.
Lesson 03 Straight and Level
Teaches you how to fly the aircraft straight and level and at varying airspeeds.
Lesson 04 Climbing and Descending
Teaches you how to climb and descend the aircraft at varying speeds and varying rates of climb and rates of descent
Lesson 05 Turning
Teaches you how to turn the aircraft at varying angles of bank at a constant height and climbing and descending turns
Lesson 06 Consolidation of all sequences learnt so far
this lesson is a summary that all you have learnt so far
Lesson 07 Stalls
Teaches you how to recognise the impending stall and to recover with a minimum loss of height
Lesson 08 to 14 circuits and circuit emergencies
Learn how to take off and land and fly a predetermined circuit in the sky. These lessons bring together everything you have already been taught us you will learn to use the radio and we will prepare you for your first solo flight
Lesson 10 to 18 (estimate only) Your first solo flight
Once you have demonstrated that you are capable and consistent, your instructor will allow you undertake one solo take-off and landing on your own. (You will never forget this flight lesson!)
Lesson 14 to 18 More solo circuits
You will fly a predetermined circuit in the sky, practicing all you have learnt.
Lesson 15 Cross-wind circuits
Learn to take off and land in gusty and cross wind conditions
Lesson 16 Training area familiarisation and practice forced landings
Learn the procedures for departing and arriving at any aerodrome and how to handle an emergency in the training area.
Lesson 17 to 20
More solo practice
Lesson 18 to 19 PRE FLIGHT TEST and revision
You will undertake your pre-flight test and revision of all sequences and advanced emergencies. This lesson is a revision of all you have learnt plus the addition of other emergencies you may encounter.
Lesson 20 More solo or Flight TEST
More solo or proceed to your Flight Test. If you pass your flight test you will obtain your recreational pilot certificate. If you fail (and many people do at the first attempt), you can redo the flight test whenever you are ready.
OBTAIN YOUR RECREATIONAL PILOT CERTIFICATE (WELL DONE!)
Your Pilot Certificate allows you to fly a 2 seater recreational light sport aircraft within 25 nautical miles of the aerodrome in day VFR conditions.
Passenger endorsement enables you to fly with one passenger. You must have:
- Completed Pilot Certificate
- Minimum of 10 hours solo command in total
- Briefing with a senior instructor and a 30 minute dual dual flight with an instructor to ensure sure you understand the privileges and limitations of flying with a passenger.
*CROSS COUNTRY ENDORSEMENT
Cross country endorsement enables the pilot to fly anywhere in Australia outside of controlled or restricted areas. You must have:
- 16 hours of dual flight training (8 x Dual Navigation lessons)
- 10 hours of instructor briefings
A navigation multiple choice exam will be completed before the first solo navigation lesson.
Basic flight planning
NAV 01 WEATHER AND FLIGHT PLANNING
First navigation lesson includes a 2 hour theory lesson on obtaining weather, CTA, basic map reading skills plotting a line and measuring a heading and distance. Also look at aerodrome info and how to join.
Suggestion 2 hour Nav, Caloundra, Kilcoy, Gympie, Montville, Caloundra. Student to learn how to read a compass, hold height and heading and join an unfamiliar aerodrome. Map reading technique to be introduced.
NAV 02 TIME AND DISTANCE
The student is to revise what has been learnt and briefing is to include accurate time keeping and estimates and completing an accurate flight plan. 60 minute nav to be completed in simulator as part of actual flight.
Flight to Watts Bridge. Kingaroy then Caloundra
Time and distance, Big picture,small picture and time will be the focus, as well as flying above 5000 ft, rules and leaving SAR note and emergency locator transmitter (ELT).
NAV 03 FUEL AND REVISION OF GROUND SPEED (accurate fuel log keeping and ‘CLEAROFF’ checks)
Briefing to include fuel calculation and how to revise ground speed in the air with the use of way points and geographical features. 30 minute simulator session to practice. Suggest Gympie Maryborough, Caloundra.
NAV 04 DIVERSIONS AND ALTERNATE AERODROMES AND DIVERSIONS
Briefing to include alternate aerodromes, diversions and weather and fuel emergencies. 30 minute Sim session to practice diversions.
Suggest Toowoomba divert to Kingaroy.
NAV 05 BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER
By this stage the student should be able to obtain weather, flight plan and lodge SAR time by themselves. Diversions should be given during flight and theory exam should be completed.
Suggested Caloundra, Gympie, diversion to Hervey Bay.
NAV 06 PRE SOLO CHECK AND LOW LEVEL
Brief student on low level navigation and diversions. student should be able to divert within 2 minutes and estimate within 60 seconds. Suggest Toowoomba then divert on return twice.
NAV 7 FIRST SOLO
Send solo in good weather conditions. Suggest Watts Bridge, Kingaroy then Kilcoy then Caloundra.
NAV FLIGHT TEST
Be able to do accurate flight plan, lodge SAR time, depart and hold heading plus or minus 50 feet. Identify off track within 4 minutes.
Estimates within 1 minute and diversion to be completed immediately if required. Good use of ‘CLEAROFF’ checks and airmanship to a high standard.
Good situational awareness and able to maintain vms at all times. Good use of fuel logs.
Obtaining your RPL/Constant Speed/Retractable undercarriage and controlled airspace conversions
Your RPL conversion enables you to fly a heavier aircraft (up to 1500kg) with more than one passenger, providing you hold a class 02 medical. The training consists of 7 to 10 hours of flying in our PIPER ARROW high performance aircraft and 5 to 10 hours of ground briefing.
You will be able to use your Recreational Pilot Certificate and Navigation endorsement towards this conversion to save you time and money. You will need to apply for an ARN and an ASIC card before your training.
Intro into the Piper Arrow, understanding weight and balance and understanding constant speed operations and retractable landing gear.
First flight consists of upper airwork including stalls, practice forced landings and emergency procedures.
Standard and circuit emergencies
Standard and emergency circuits in the piper arrow
Basic Instrument flying.
Controlled airspace briefing and radio practice and flight into Maroochydore Aerodrome (Class D airspace)
Controlled airspace briefing and radio practice and flight into Archerfield (Class D Airport) Aerodrome and transit through Gold Coast controlled airspace (Class C Airspace)
Revision of controlled airspace and pre flight test review
RPL Flight review
Obtaining your Commercial Pilot’s Licence
Requirements before training begins:
- Recreational Pilot Certificate with cross country endorsement, or RPL with cross country and navigation endorsement
- Minimum of 100 hours of command of an aircraft.
- Completed all commercial theory subjects and passed the exams.
- Completed 20 to 30 hours dual advanced commercial flight instruction course
- Minimum of 200 hours in total before completing the CPL flight test
Contact us on 0426 282 226 for more information on our CPL part-time or full-time courses.
Material and memberships
The Exams for your pilot certificate are:
- Pre-Solo exam
- Radio Exam
- Air Legislation
- Basic Aeronautical Knowledge (BAK)
During Lessons 1 to 3
- Apply online to RAA to obtain your Recreational Student Pilot Membership at a cost of $245 for 12 months
- Purchase online flying course GoFly360 to assist with flight training and revision, at a cost of $149 for a 12 month subscription. You can watch the informative videos at any time, on any device and new lessons and GoFly tips are added each month.
During Lessons 3 to 6
During Lessons 4 to 8
- Visual requirements for VFR Flight
- Learn your Radio Calls
- Also study the requirements for the issuing of a Pilot Certificate at section 2.07 of the RAA Operations Manual
At GoFly Aviation we recommend we recommend Pilot Practice Exams for getting ready for your exams. Current GoFly Aviation students will receive a discount for purchases from the PPE site, by entering a password, which can be obtained from the GoFly staff.
Sit Pre-solo exam and radio exam multiple choice
Sit Air Legislation Exam (study rules of the air, Aerodrome markings and section 2.07 of the RA Operations Manual)
Start studying BAK and Human Factors book
Sit BAK exam
The following supplies are ordered from The Flight Store online:
ATC Meteorology textbook can be bought from The Flight Store for $49.95
ATC Navigation text book can be bought from The Flight Store for $54.95
Navigation equipment required:
Plotter protractor for $19.95
Flight computer for $49.95
VNC MAPS Bundaberg/Rockhampton for $11.95 and Sydney – Brisbane for $11.95
WAC Chart Brisbane $11.95
ERSA booklet $34.95
Disclaimer: all training at GoFly is based on competancy of the pilot and not on hours of tuition. A student will only receive their certificate or licence if they have passed all tests and the Instructor deems their flying to be satisfactory.