Recreational pilot licence
A recreational pilot licence (RPL) the first pilot licence you can obtain with certain limitations which can be extended later with Private pilot licence.
RA-Aus certificate holders can convert to an RPL with a little CASA paperwork and a class rating flight review for your aircraft type.
Students can begin their training at any age provided, they can physically reach the aircraft controls, however, Students can only conduct solo flying after their 15th birthday. To be eligible to undertake the RPL flight test, Students must have reached their 16th birthday.
To hold an RPL, you must be 16–year–old and have:
- A current medical certificate—this may be either Class 1 or 2
- Minimum: 25 hours flight time comprising 20 hours dual and five hours solo
- Sit and pass the CASA RPL theory exam
- A recommendation for the RPL flight test is dependent on a student demonstrating competency at the standard required.
RPL holders are limited to:
- Flying no more than 25nm from the aerodrome where the flight began, the designated training area, or a direct route between the two
- Day VFR private operations in a single engine aircraft with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 1500kg.
Private Pilot licence
A private pilot licence (PPL) builds on the knowledge and experience gained during RPL training and is a licence that allows a holder to pilot an aircraft as pilot-in-command or co-pilot when the aircraft is being operated privately.
To hold a private pilot licence (PPL) you must have reached 17 years old, and:
- Minimum of 30 hours dual flight
- At least 10 hours solo; of which 5 hours solo must be cross country
- Sit and pass the CASA PPL theory exam
- Recommendation for the PPL flight test is dependent on achieving the Competency required standard.
BFS provides non-integrated training, this gives Students flexible training options to fit in with their busy lives rather than having to engage in a full-time course.
Did you know that you can complete all your training in a Cirrus Aircraft? Contact us and speak to a Cirrus Instructor for more information.
We recommend the CASA Private Pilot Guide to read HERE