Private Pilot Licence

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Once you have completed Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) you may then commence navigation training.

The navigation exercises teach you the practical skills and airmanship required for flying safely to distant locations:

  • Managing Fuel and Flight Logs
  • Radio Communication and Transitions (through different air space and control zones)
  • Unplanned Diversions (due to weather etc)
  • Conducting Circuits (at unfamiliar aerodromes)
  • Landing (on different types of surfaces)

You will conduct several navigation exercises, both under instruction and solo, around Victoria to reinforce and consolidate your skills in preparation for the Private Pilot Licence flight test.

Flight Time

Prior to undertaking the PPL test, you must have acquired a minimum of 40 hours of flight time as a pilot – which includes:

  • 5 hours of general flight time as pilot in command
  • 5 hours of cross country flight time as pilot in command
  • 2 hours of instrument flight time

Theory Examination

You are also required to pass the PPL theory examination covering the following subjects:

  • Flight Rules and air law
  • Navigation
  • Performance and Flight Planning
  • Meteorology
  • Principles of Flight

PPL theory courses are conducted on a regular basis at our School.

Although the minimum flight time requirement specifies 40 hours, the average pilot is ready to attempt the Private Pilot Licence flight test after approximately 50 hours.

Flight Test

For the flight test, you will demonstrate your skill to the Approved Testing Officer by departing for a round trip with two or more landings / turning points en route. During the test you will show your ability to divert to an alternative location, carry out emergency procedures and demonstrate competent planning and management of the flight (observing all procedures and rules – navigation, radio work, and general airmanship) before successfully completing the flight.

After passing the PPL flight test, you will be issued with a Private Pilot Licence, which authorizes you to fly anywhere within Australia, solo or with private passengers in daytime visual weather conditions. You will no longer require your instructors’ permission to undertake a flight as pilot in command.

After receiving your PPL you may decide to undertake further training for various aircraft endorsements and/or ratings.

This licence enables the holder to conduct private flights within Australia in good weather by day. The minimum age for the issue of a Private Pilot Licence is 17 years. The applicant must be able to speak, read, write, and comprehend the English language.