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Private Pilot Licence


Private Pilot Licence

You are about to enter one of the most exciting stages of personal achievement.

Whether you are looking for a new challenge, excitement, a start to a career in aviation, or fulfilling a dream, obtaining a Private Pilot Licence can fulfill all of these.

Here is all of the information you need about the requirements needed to attain your Private Pilot Licence.
For a detailed explanation of costs please contact us.

What does my licence allow me to do?

Your Private Pilot Licence will allow you to fly cross-country when and where you want during daylight hours.

On completion of your Private Pilot Licence you could choose to go to Monkey Mia to see the dolphins, or to Margaret River to sample what the South-West has to offer.

How will I be trained?

Your training is divided into two parts.

Part 1 – your Recreational Pilots Licence

This is completed in a Cessna 152 (a 2 seat training aircraft).

The minimum time to complete this phase is 25 hours.

• You will learn all the basics of aircraft handling from take-off to landing, standard and non standard procedures, emergency procedures and all the associated theory.

• The theory covered includes aeroplane general knowledge, aerodynamics and rules of the air. On completion of the theory training, you will sit your Recreational Pilot Licence Theory Exam (RPLA).


Flying solo – a flight that every pilot remembers.

After approximately 10-15 hours of dual flight training with an instructor, you should be ready for your first solo flight.

The remaining hours for your Recreational Pilot Licence are completed as dual flying and solo flying.

At the completion of training, you may take an optional test – known as the Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL). When you obtain your RPL, you’ll be able to take friends flying but you will be restricted to flying within a designated boundary, which is shown to you during your training.

Alternatively, you can continue straight into Part 2, your navigation training.


Part 2 – your Navigation Training

This is conducted in a Cessna 172 (a 4 seat training aircraft).

During your navigation training, you will be taught both the theoretical and practical aspects of navigation in an aircraft. As in Part 1 of your training, you will do both dual training and solo training.
The Theory component

• Aircraft general knowledge and aerodynamics – Why and how an aircraft flies

• Meteorology – How to interpret forecasts

• Navigation – How to read maps

• Flight rules and procedures – Rules of the air


Getting your Private Pilot Licence

Once you have completed the syllabus and reached the required standard, you will be recommended for the Private Pilot Licence flight test. When you are successful, you will have a Private Pilot Licence and will be able to enjoy the freedom that your licence will bring you.

How long will all this take?

This depends entirely on you. If you can attend a full-time theory course along with integrated flying schedule, you can complete your licence in about 8-12 weeks. Most people learn on a part-time basis, which takes 5 to 6 months.

For the theory component of your course you may choose to purchase a self-study package and study the theory yourself or attend a theory class conducted by Air Australia. Theory classes are available during the day or in the evening, depending on your requirements. Your instructor can help you in this area.

Who will teach me?

You will be placed with two of our highly trained and motivated instructors who will guide you through your training.

If you already know someone who teaches here and you would like to fly with them, advise us prior to commencement and we will arrange for you to fly with that instructor.


Contact us today!

+61 8 9332 5011