Recreational Pilot Licence
The Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) course is the first step in becoming a pilot. Upon completion of this course, the RPL authorises you to fly as pilot in command of a single engine aircraft during the day with passengers, but you will be restricted to fly only in the 25 nautical mile radius around the departure airport.
For those interested in flying anywhere around Australia, the Private Pilot Licence (PPL) is the next step you will undertake, which will teach you how to navigate after completing the RPL syllabus.
Requirements for an RPL
- Minimum of 25 hours total flying time including 5 hours solo.
- Minimum of 2 Hours Basic Instrument Flight (BIF) time.
- A valid Class 2 or Basic Class 2 Medical.
- 15 years old to fly solo and 16 years old for the issue of the RPL
- Hold a ASIC card (required for Dubbo and Orange airport)
We tailor our courses to each student – Full-time or Part-time is available.
If flying part time, we recommend flying at least 2-3 times a month to ensure you continue progressing through the syllabus without falling too far behind. We are open 7 days a week and are very flexible with times.
If 7am or 5pm works for you, then it works for us too.
As each student learns at a different pace it is difficult to put a number on the total cost of a licence.
Minimum cost of an RPL
25 Hours @ $295/hr = $7375
Landing Fees = $200 Approx
Medical/ASIC/Textbook = $550 Approx
Flight Test (Flight time + CASA Examiner Test fee) =$1000 Approx
Minimum = $9125
For budgeting purposes, we recommend allowing for approx $10,000 – $11,000 which will include any additional lessons and unforeseen costs as some students take a little longer than the minimum amount of hours to be competent.
Please note: Fees are billed on completion of your flight. You will not have to pay anything up front.
For more information please visit https://www.casa.gov.au/standard-page/getting-your-recreational-pilot-licence-rpl or call us anytime.