Flying for Fun

An Australian Private Pilot Licence allows you to fly as Pilot in Command anywhere in Australia. As a Private Pilot you are not permitted to charge for your services without holding a Commercial Pilot Licence, but you are permitted to cost share with your passengers to split the cost of hiring or operating an aircraft.

The Royal Aero Club's Private Pilot Licence syllabus is endorsed by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and is made up of three main stages:

  1. First Solo Flight
  2. Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL)
  3. Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) require 40 hours minimum flight time to issue a Private Pilot Licence. With the extensive competencies required to meet the Australian National Competency Standards for Private Pilots and to recieve endorsements to fly in all airspace types, a student with no prior experience could not expect to meet these standards within 40 hours.

A realistic target to aim for is 60 flying hours to be prepared to sit a PPL Flight Test. The exact number of hours you will require is dependant on how often you have lessons and your skill level.