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RA TO RPL COnversion

You can upgrade from your Recreational Aviation (RA) Licence to your Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) at our Sunshine Coast Flying School.

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A Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) is the next step in your pilot training, after your RPC. After your RPL you can go on to get your Private Pilot Licence (PPL) or even your Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). Every flight lesson will start with a classroom briefing on the techniques before they’re put into practice. You’ll need to pass some theory exams as well as complete practical flight training. With a Recreational Pilot Licence, you’ll be able to fly as a Pilot in Command of a single engine aircraft up to 1500 kgs.

RPL COnversion Difference

1. Why Get a Recreational Pilot Licence

An RPL is often the obvious choice when you either want to get a General Aviation licence or fly larger/heavier single-engine planes. Of course larger planes cost more to fly so learning to fly them can be cheaper by doing the bulk of your initial training in cheaper recreational planes and then converting to RPL planes.

2. RPL Difference

A Recreational Pilot's Licence (RPL) is a CASA -issued licence very similar to the Recreational Pilot Certificate (RPC) issued by RAA. The main difference is that you can fly larger/heavier aircraft with an RPL, and carry 1 extra passenger. There is the same restriction of a single-engine but you can fly aircraft that weigh up to 1500kg, plus if you have a Class 2 Medical Licence you can take 2 passengers.

3. Casa Requirements

As with most Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) licenses there are more stringent conditions including: 1. Have a current flight review for the aircraft being flown 2. Meet the medical requirements 3. Have conducted three take-offs and landings in the previous 90 days if you wish to carry passengers (All General Aviation training is conducted by Air QLD operated under AOC CASA.TAAOC.0734)

4. Easy Convenience

As GoFly Aviation offers RA, RPL and GA aircraft, we can train you from start to finish at the one school. Our RPL conversion course is designed for pilots with an RAA licence and gets them endorsed on the heavier Cessna 172 or even the 182.

5. Larger Aircraft

Allows you to fly larger aircraft with more than one passenger.

6. Easy Transition

Easy transition and more cost effective than going direct to your Private Pilot Licence (PPL).

7. Two Licence Types

Allows you to have both a Recreational and General Aviation licence.

8. Adding a Controlled Airspace Endorsement

Allows you to fly into controlled airspace

8. Adding a Controlled Airspace Endorsement

Allows you to fly into controlled airspace

9. Adding a Constant speed endorsement

Allows you to fly any aircraft with a constant speed propellor


Allows you to fly any aircraft with retractable landing gear

RPL COnversion Path

Pilot Certificate


  • All Exams Completed
  • Flight Test Completed
  • Minimum 25 Hours Flight time
  • Navigational Endorsement
  • Passenger Endorsement

Recreational Pilot Licence


  • 16 Years of Age
  • Class 1 or 2 Medical
  • English Proficiency Exam
  • Pass All Exams from RA
  • Pass RPL Flight Test + CTA
  • At least 25 Hours Flight Time

Frequently Asked questions

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.

Yes, for a RPL/PPL Licence you will be required to have a Class 2 medical that is renewed bi-annually.

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.

Flight training duration is entirely up to you. Because the majority of the training is competency based some are able to complete the training faster then others. However, it’s not how fast you do the training but how well trained you are.

Enquire now by calling Damien on 0426 282 226