You do not have to choose between completing a Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) or a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) as they are actually two milestones on the same journey. So it’s less about which licence you choose, but more about how far you want to go with your flight training. Each licence and endorsement you earn along the way will provide you with different skills and expand your freedom.
Private Pilot Licence
After completing your RPL, you can continue on to get your Private Pilot Licence (PPL). The PPL training focuses mainly on navigation and will enable you to fly all over Australia. During the PPL training, you will learn how to navigate to and from different airports.
Similar to the RPL program, you will need to pass several theory exams as well as complete practical flight training.
Once you have received your Private Pilot Licence, you will be allowed to act as a Pilot in Command and be endorsed. You will be able to carry up to five passengers and fly all over Australia.
To see the approximate prices for PPL training, and to find out about finical assistance, please go to the GoFly Finance page.
There are many options you can choose for your Private Pilot’s Licence and additional endorsements.
Currently anyone at any age can start learning to fly. However in order to pilot the aircraft on your own, you must be 15 years old.
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We follow the Part 61 Syllabus outlined by CASA and extend this with helpful videos & books. We recommend Bob Tait Theory or the Aviation Theory Centre for study material.
Your flight training duration is entirely up to you. Because the majority of the training is competency-based some students are able to complete the training faster than others. But what really matters is not how fast you do the training but how well trained you are.
The Private Pilot’s Licence starts with you obtaining your Recreational Pilot Licence first. This is done to split up the training modules and is designed to help those who are starting from scratch.
There are two flight exams:
– the RPL flight exam
– the PPL flight exam