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Private Pilot Licence

What is a Private Pilot Licence?

A Private Pilot Licence (PPL) will allow holders to fly an aircraft and carry their own passengers. Navigating an aircraft around Australia with confidence and skill offers pilots freedom, experience and amazing scenic sights.

The PPL course is suitable for students who already hold a Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL). If a student does not already hold an RPL, it is recommended that they complete the RPL Course first.

How long will it take to get a PPL?

If completing a PPL as part of a full-time course, training will take around 8 weeks.

For students wanting to complete a PPL on a part-time or casually basis, the time required is based purely on how often a student wants to fly.

As a guide, we recommend around 20 hours of dual instruction, and 10 hours of solo navigation to complete a PPL.

How much will it cost to get a PPL?

Typically, a PPL will be completed in 25 - 30 hours. Depending on which aircraft students choose to use, the cost can range from $10,000 - $12,000. For casual students, this is paid after each flight and not as an upfront cost for the entire training syllabus. Flights are charged as either Dual (with an instructor) or Solo. The rates per aircraft can be found here.

What training is involved in getting a PPL?

This course can be done as a single course, or alternatively the PPL is also taught as the second stage (after the RPL) of the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence).

During this stage, students learn how to navigate and they start to take larger aircraft such as the Piper Warrior or Piper Archer on longer trips. The training includes learning how to read aviation maps and charts, navigate terrain and airspace as well as communicating with Air Traffic Control.

Training is completed in all navigation sequences including recovery from lost scenarios, diversions and navigating with reference to Navigation Aids. Once proven competent, a student is recommended for a PPL Flight Test.

Course Pre-Requisites

  • Must hold a Recreational Pilot Licence
  • A current Class 2 Australian Medical
  • Unless secondary school or a tertiary qualification has been conducted in English (HSC, Cert IV or higher), an IELTS score of 6.0.
  • There are no specific academic requirements required for the course, however Year 12 experience in Maths and Physics is recommended.

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Additional Information

At the completion of this course, students will be eligible to progress to the Commercial Pilot Licence (PPL) course, complete training towards Design Feature Endorsements or Ratings.

This course is not approved for overseas students wanting to access a student visa (ie; it is not registered as a CRICOS course). If a student requires a student visa, they are recommended to commence the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence) course. Overseas students that do not require a student visa are welcome to join this course.