Private Pilot Licence (PPL)

A Private Pilot Licence (PPL) allows you to fly “in command” of an aircraft. 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.

The cost of this course is $25,000 AUD

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 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 55-70 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.