Recreational Pilot Licence


Piper Warrior

Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) will be the first licence obtained during your training towards your Private Pilot Licence (PPL). Until this stage you are not authorized to carry any passengers on your flights.

Once you have passed the RPL you may carry passengers to and from the training area during solo flights. You will still be limited to a confined training area unless you have completed an RPL navigational endorsement.

Basic Aeronautical Knowledge

Before you undertake the test you are required to pass the Basic Aeronautical Knowledge theory examination. You will also need to have at least 25 hours flight time, which includes 5 hours as pilot in command and 2 hours instrument time. On average students are usually ready to attempt the RPL Flight test at around 30 Hours.

Note. This course information is for local Australian residents not requiring a student visa, training only. Unfortunately we cannot offer training to International Students requiring a Student Visa however if you are an International Prospective Student please visit this website

Flight Test

The test will be conducted by an Approved Testing Officer of the CASA to whom you must demonstrate your ability to competently manage the aircraft in all the basic phases of flight.

A student who successfully completes the RPL is permitted to fly within the confines of the Bendigo training area, with passengers, by day only