Private Pilots Licence (PPL)

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A Private Pilot Licence (PPL) allows you to fly “in command” anywhere in the world*.

The Private Pilot Licence (PPL) course comprises of four main stages:

  1. First Solo Flight
  2. Training Area Solo
  3. General Flying Progress Test (GFPT) Licence
  4. Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Licence

Flight Training and Experience Requirements

Aeronautical experience requirements for the issue of an Private Pilot Licence are detailed in Civil Aviation Regulation (CAR) 5.85. The requirements are as follows:

  • 40 hours total flight time, which includes:
  • 5 hours of general flight as Pilot in Command (PIC)
  • 5 hours cross-country as Pilot in Commancd (PIC)
  • 2 hours instrument flight

The four stages to obtaining your PPL are as follows:

1. First Solo Flight

This part of your initial training will cover all aspects of flight necessary for you to undertake your first solo flight including normal and abnormal operations. The hours required to complete your first solo will vary depending on the frequency of your lessons, and your skill.

Students should expect to complete their first solo flight after approximately 15 hours. A total of 2 hours of solo flying in the circuit (take-off and landing) will be undertaken.

You must be 16 years old to fly solo.

2. Training Area Solo

This training prepares you for more solo flying in the flying training area adjacent to the airport.

You will complete 3 hours of solo flight, during this time practicing sequences that have been covered in your training.

3. General Flying Progress Test (GFPT)

Successful completion of this flight test indicates that you can “fly” the aeroplane to the required standard – but are yet to learn how to navigate over long distances.

Holding a GFPT you are now authorised to carry passengers while acting as pilot-in-command in the flying training area, and while on navigational exercises under instruction.

4. Navigation Training

Having completed the GFPT this phase is designed to teach you how to navigate efficiently and accurately. Here you will be taught the basics of pilot navigation, map reading, cross country flying techniques and the use of radio navigation aids.

Having completed the navigation training element you will be ready to undertake the Private Pilot Licence (PPL) flight test.

In addition to the flight training and experience, the following requirements you must:

Be at least 17 years of age to be issued a PPL
Pass a Class 2 Medical examination – refer to the CASA web site

There are four exams which you will undertake while on the way to your PPL.

  1. Pre-First Solo Exam
  2. Pre-Area Solo Exam
  3. Basic Aeronautical Knowledge (BAK) Exam
  4. Private Pilot Licence PPL(A) Exam

These examinations are based on the Day (VFR) Syllabus – Aeroplanes provided by CASA.

Many students with no aspirations of seeking employment as a “commercial pilot” elect to obtain their Commercial Pilots License (CPL). There are a number of reasons why:

  • GST free flying up to 150 hours, including recreational flying
  • Your flying hours as a private pilot can be put towards a CPL and is GST free
  • Increased flying proficiency and knowledge, making you a better pilot
  • A number of advanced ratings can be included within the 150 hours
  • There is no set time period to obtain a CPL – do it at your own pace

*check with CASA for exact details