Recreational Pilots Certificate (RPC)

LEVEL ONE – Student Pilot Certificate*

To learn to fly a recreational aircraft in Australia, you must first obtain a Student Pilot Certificate issued by Recreational Aviation Australia.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ISSUE

1.  An applicant for the issue of a Student Pilot Certificate must have signed a declaration that their health is of a standard equivalent to that required for the issue of a Private Motor Vehicle Drivers Licence in Australia, and if under the age of 18 years has written consent from their parent or guardian to undertake flight training, including an understanding of the risks of flight training.

2.  An applicant for the issue of a Student Pilot Certificate must satisfy their RA-Aus examiner that the applicant is able to;

a. understand and carry out instructions given in the English language.
b. be deemed competent at basic handling of controls.
c. demonstrate the level of maturity required for training.
d. understand(s) the full requirements of training including theory.
e. understand the risks and hazards of flight.PRIVILEGES

3.  A Student Pilot Certificate authorises the holder to act, under the supervision of an RA-Aus certificated instructor who is responsible to and under the supervision of an approved RA-Aus CFI, as Pilot-In-Command of a recreational aircraft that is not carrying a passenger, with the exception of the instructor, for the purpose of increasing their flying skills in order to qualify for the issue of a Pilot Certificate.

LEVEL TWO – Recreational Pilot Certificate

REQUIREMENTS FOR ISSUE

1. An applicant for the issue of a Pilot Certificate shall:a.  hold a valid Student Pilot Certificate;
b.  sign a declaration to the effect that their health standard is equivalent to that required for the issue of a private motor vehicle driver’s licence in Australia;
c.  have undergone flight and ground training in accordance with the Operations Manual and relevant CAO’s or a recognised course acceptable to the Operations Manager.
d.  in the case of a person holding a Private Pilot or higher licence or a GFA Glider Rating, meet the requirements of Section 2.12 of the Operations Manual.
e.  have successfully passed theory and in-flight examinations in accordance with the requirements of the Operations Manual and relevant CAO’s, thus demonstrating to a CFI that they have reached the level of competency required for the issue of a Pilot Certificate and
f.  completed either a recognised human factors course or completed home study, so as to be able to pass the human factors theory test.

AERONAUTICAL EXPERIENCE

2. Prior to undertaking a flight test for the issue of a Pilot Certificate an applicant shall:a.  have completed a minimumof 20 hours flying experience in an recreational / light sport aeroplane which shall include a minimum of 5 hours as pilot in command (solo), orb.  if having previous flying experience in sailplanes or aeroplanes other than recreational / light sport aeroplanes:(1)   have in excess of 20 hours flying experience with a minimum of five hours pilot in command (solo),(2)   undertake such a dual training in a two place recreational / light sport aeroplane as deemed necessary by a CFI; and(3)   acquire a minimum of 5 hours flying experience flying an recreational / light sport aircraft which must include at least one hour solo; orc.  if holding a current PPL or higher licence, have completed such dual training as is deemed necessary by a CFI and, in any case shall have not less than 5 hours flying experience in an recreational / light sport aircraft which shall include a minimum of one hour solo.

PRIVILEGES

4. A valid pilot certificate authorises the holder to act as pilot in command of an recreational / light sport aeroplane, of an aircraft type for which they hold a group endorsement (Section 2.05 refers). A pilot certificate holder may not fly as pilot in command of an recreational / light sport aeroplane:a.  when an recreational / light sport aeroplane is flown a distance greater than 25 nautical miles from the point of take-off unless:(1)   they hold a valid RA-Aus cross country endorsement; or(2)   they are conducting flight training solo exercises under the direct supervision and control of a CFI.b.  at or within 8 kilometres of a licensed aerodrome unless:(1)   they have passed an RA-Aus Flight Rules and Procedures examination or an RA-Aus recognised equivalent examination.

LEVEL THREE – Radio Operator endorsement

11. An RA-Aus Radio Operator endorsement permits the holder to operate approved aeronautical frequency VHF radio equipment installed in or used in conjunction with an recreational / light sport aircraft.(a)  RA-Aus Student Pilot Certificate holders undergoing training for the issue of an RA-Aus Radio Operator endorsement may use aeronautical frequency VHF radio equipment providing they operate the radio equipment under the supervision and control of an instructor who holds an RA-Aus Radio Operator endorsement.(b)  The holder of an RA-Aus Radio Operator endorsement is at all times subject to the requirements of Civil Aviation Regulations, Civil Aviation Orders and Aeronautical Information Publications.

LEVEL FOUR – Navigation / Cross Country endorsement

Applicants for the issue of a Cross Country endorsement shall meet the following minimum requirements:a.  Have completed a minimum of 10 hours dual cross country navigation flight training and accumulated a minimum of 2 hours solo cross country navigation experience; andb.  Reach the standard required as specified in Section 3.04, Syllabus of recreational / light sport Flight Training (18. Flight Planning and 19. Navigation); andc.  Pass an RA-Aus Flight Rules and Procedures written examination or an equivalent exam recognised by the RA-Aus; andd.  Pass a navigation flight test in a two seat recreational / light sport aircraft with a Pilot Examiner or a CFI. Pilots holding a Private Pilot Licence, or higher licence, or other equivalent pilot qualifications recognised by the RA-Aus are deemed to meet this requirement.

LEVEL FIVE – Passenger endorsement

8. Applicants for the issue of a passenger endorsement shall meet the following minimum requirements:a.  Be the holder of a valid an RA-Aus Pilot Certificate.b.  Have accrued a minimum of 10 hours flight time as pilot in command of an aircraft.c.  Have a minimum of 2 hours flight time as pilot in command of an approved two seat recreational / light sport; andd.  Pass a flight test with a RA-Aus Examiner.

PASSENGER CARRIAGE LIMITATIONS

9. No Pilot Certificate holder shall carry passengers in an recreational / light sport aeroplane unless:a.  they have a minimum of 5 hours experience as pilot in command on an aircraft of the same group (Section 2.04) as the aircraft which will be used for the carriage of passengers; andb.  during the last 90 days they have carried out at least 3 take-offs and 3 landings while flying as pilot in command, or while flying as pilot under the supervision of an RA-Aus instructor, of an aircraft of a “similar” type as that to be used for the carriage of passengers; andc.  they are medically fit and have signed a medical declaration that they meet a medical standard equivalent to that required for the issue of a private motor vehicle licence in Australia.

*check with RAA for exact requirements