Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

This page provides you with a detailed breakdown of the Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Course. For general information about learning to fly with Atlas Aviation visit our Learn To Fly section.

A Private Pilot Licence (PPL) allows you to fly “in command” anywhere in Australia, and many parts of the world. This course typically runs on a one-to-one basis or a full time basis. For the full time basis, the course duration is 16 weeks.

You may not charge for your services as a pilot without holding a Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL), but you are permitted to cost share with your passengers to split the cost of the aircraft hire.

The Private Pilot Licence (PPL) course comprises of two main stages:
  • Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL)
  • Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
Flight Training and Experience Requirements

Aeronautical experience requirements for the issue of an Private Pilot Licence are detailed in Civil Aviation Safety Regulation (CASR) Part 61.

The requirements are as follows:
40 hours total flight time, which includes:
  • 5 hours of general flight as pilot-in-command (PIC)
  • 5 hours cross-country as PIC
  • 2 hours instrument flight

Flight training is undertaken to ensure standards meet or exceed the private pilot standard specified in the Part 61 Manual of Standards (MoS). This syllabus incorporates the Australian National Competency Standards for Private Pilots.

With the extensive competencies that need to be met, and to receive a licence with endorsements to fly in all airspace types, a student without prior flying experience could not expect to meet these standards in 40 hours. A realistic target for budgeting purposes is 55-60 hours to be adequately prepared for the PPL flight test. The exact number of hours you will require are dependant on the frequency at which you have lessons, and your skill level.

The two stages to obtaining your PPL are as follows:
  1. Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) :

    Successful completion of this flight test indicates that you can “fly” the aeroplane to the required standard – but are yet to learn how to navigate over long distances. Holding a RPL you are now authorised to carry passengers while acting as pilot-in-command in the flying training area, and while on navigational exercises under instruction.
    You must be 16 years old to hold a RPL.

  2. Navigation Training:

    Having completed the RPL this phase is designed to teach you how to navigate efficiently and accurately. Here you will be taught the basics of pilot navigation, map reading, cross country flying techniques and the use of radio navigation aids.
    Having completed the navigation training element you will be ready to undertake the Private Pilot Licence (PPL) flight test.

In addition to the flight training and experience the following requirements you must:
  • Be at least 17 years of age to be issued a PPL
  • Pass a Class 2 Medical examination – refer to the CASA web site
Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Exam Structure

There is one exam which you will undertake while on the way to your PPL.

  • Private Pilot Licence PPL(A) Exam

These examinations are based on the Part 61 Manual of Standards (MoS) provided by CASA.

Private Pilot Licence Course Estimate

Many students with no aspirations of seeking employment as a “commercial pilot” elect to obtain their Commercial Pilot Licence (CPL). There are a number of reasons why:

  • GST free flying up to 150 hours, including recreational flying
  • Your flying hours as a private pilot can be put towards a CPL and is GST free
  • Increased flying proficiency and knowledge, making you a better pilot
  • A number of advanced ratings can be included within the 150 hours
  • There is no set time period to obtain a CPL – do it at your own pace

When you commence your training with Airborne Aviation if you tell us of your intent to obtain a CPL in the future your flying training is GST free. There are no lock in contracts and no time constraints.

Below is an estimate of the costs for a PPL based on list pricing at 1st May 2018. Courses typically run on a one-to-one basis and are designed to fit in to both your schedule and budget constraints.

Private Pilot Licence (PPL)
Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) ————>> Price: $14,800
  • 27.3 Hours Dual(T6)
  • 5.2 Hours Solo (T6)
  • Theory (15.5 hours)
  • Landing Fees (33)
  • Movement Fees (33)
  • Exam Fees (First Solo, Area Solo, BAK & Flight Radio Exam)
  • Security Checks & ASIC Card
  • Pilot Bag
  • Theory Manuals, Aircraft QRH, Student Notebook
  • USB with useful documents
  • SYD Visual Terminal Chart
  • David Clark H10
  • 13.4 Pilot Headset
Recreational Pilot Licence (RPL) Flight Test ————>> Price: $930
  • 1.5 Hours Dual (T6)
  • Flight Examiner Fee
  • Landing and Movement Fees
  • CASA Licence Fee
Private Pilot Licence (PPL) ————>> Price: $8,498
  • 15.3 Hours Dual (T6)
  • 5.3 Hours Solo (T6)
  • Theory (5 Hours)
  • Landing Fees (17)
  • Movement Fees (8)
  • Theory Manuals, Student Notebook
  • Maps, ERSA, Nav Equipment, Kneeboard, etc
  • Exam Fee (PPL Practice Cyberexam)
  • PPL Pexo Exam
Private Pilot Licence (PPL) Flight Test ————>> Price: $1,570
  • 3.5 Hours Dual (T6)
  • Flight Examiner Fee
  • Landing and Movement Fees
  • CASA License Fee
Estimated Total: ————>> Price: $25,798
  • Price is exclusive of GST for applicable components.
  • Payment can be made as you go, pre-paid in full or via instalments.
  • Medical examination fees paid directly to designated aviation medical examiner (DAME) not included.

On completion of your Private Pilot Licence you could consider undertaking any of the following courses to increase your knowledge, skills, options – and for the fun of it!

  • Night VFR Rating
  • Aerobatic Rating
  • Multi-Engine Class Rating
  • Tailwheel Endorsement
  • Constant Speed Unit (CSU) Endorsement
  • Retractable Undercarriage Endorsement
  • Command Instrument Rating
  • Commercial Pilot Licence Course
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