Recreational Pilot Certificate for under 18s

GoFly Aviation has developed a low-cost Cadet Program for students aged 14-18 years, spread over 18 months to 2 years. This Recreational Pilot Certificate also includes a free 12 month subscription to our online lessons. To find out more about GoFly Cadets, click here. School students can also opt to do our normal Recreational Pilot Certificate in a shorter time if they prefer.

Recreational Pilot Certificate for over 18s

A Recreational Pilot Certificate is the first step in learning to fly.  Recreational Aviation Australia (RAA) is the national body which issues Recreational Pilot Certificates.  Our thorough RPC training follows the RAA syllabus and students are assessed against all competencies, a number of times, before going solo and before undergoing their flight test and obtaining their certificate.

Learning to FLY

We believe learning to fly is life-changing and we have created a unique flight school around that concept. We love helping you achieve your dream and we love sharing your RAA journey.

Online lessons & sim

We use the latest technology to make learning to fly easier and fun. We have created our own online lessons shot in 360-degree video available for you to watch anytime, anywhere on any device in any weather! We also provide unlimited use of our virtual reality Oculus Rift simulator on which to practice your procedures.

Our Instructors

Our passionate and locally trained instructors take flying seriously and not themselves. We make YOU feel comfortable and at ease when you are obtaining your Recreational Pilot Certificate.

Record your flight

When you learn to fly with us we give you the option to record your lessons. We know that things happen quickly. This allows you to review what the instructor has suggested. Just bring in a mini SD card, or purchase one from us and we'll put it in our video camera.

obtain your RPC and then add endorsements

Step 1: Recreational Pilot Certificate

Pilot Certificate

Step 2: Add Your Endorsements

Choose from:

RPC Exams

1. Pre Solo Exam

After a number of hours your instructor will get you to sit your first exam which is your pre-solo exam. This will allow you to fly the plane by yourself for the first time.

2. Radio Exam

The radio exam is done at the same time as your pre-solo. It is designed to prove that you have sufficient knowledge to fly the airplane in a pilot in command situation.

3. AIR Legislation

Half way through your training you will complete the Air Legislation exam, which highlights the rules of the air and whom has right away among various other aspects regarding Air Legislation.

4. BAK

BAK stands for Basic Aeronautical Knowledge and this test covers a wide range of all aspects of flying i.e. Engines, Aerodynamics, Weather and many more.

5. Human Factors

The last exam is Human Factors and provides the student with an exam on the topics around the human element. For example: flying after scuba diving... is it allowed?

Frequently asked questions

Anyone can start learning to any age, however in order to pilot the aircraft on your own, and fly solo, you must be 15 years old.

No. However, if you are over the age 75 you will require a Doctors Certificate indicating that you are fit to drive a car and therefor an aircraft.

We follow the RAA Syllabus and extend this with helpful videos & books. There are many different types out there so we will guide you through choosing what is appropriate for your flight training.

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.

The weight limit for the RA aircraft is 110kg.

Typical Course Outline

Consisting of the learning the fundamental basics of preparing and flying an aircraft

There are 5 major exams to complete your pilot certificate. Starting with the pre-solo exam.

The other advantage of the Recreational Pilot Certificate is that you do not require an Aviation medical. If you are fit enough to drive a vehicle you are fit enough to fly a recreational Aircraft. You can start learning at any age but cannot go solo until you are fifteen years of age.

While the minimum hours is 20 hours to obtain your pilot certificate most individuals obtain their certificate within 25 to 30 hours.

Because flight training is competency-based, the duration of the flight can vary depending on the students capability. See our ‘Specials‘ for part-time and fulltime students.

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Recent Pilots
"After searching different methods of pursuing my dreams of flying; price, time and methods would always dishearten my pursuit of flying until I spoke to GoFly Aviation; they have a dynamic team willing to help you fly no matter your circumstances, with flexible times and a well-constructed plan for any licence you pursue."
Alex Heather
RA Pilot
"I chose GoFly initially purely based on cost and location (let's face it, the aviation industry requires a decent savings account, or personal loan). I have been doing my training in a Sling, and it is a remarkable aircraft to fly. My experience with the staff at GoFly Caloundra so far has been more than pleasant as everyone is relaxed, friendly and confident in and out of the cockpit.

As someone who has approximately 370 hours total time, I can honestly say the hours I have spent with GoFly so far, have been the best hours of my flying career. I would recommend GoFly to anyone who has dreamt of flying, from recreational purposes to commercial purposes."
Nathan Slee
Commercial Pilot & Instructor Rating